Boston Celtics: Phil Jackson

C's prez: We'll hate Knicks when Phil comes

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
The Knicks' hiring of Phil Jackson is going to add a little fuel to the Knicks-Celtics rivalry.

So says Boston Celtics president Rich Gotham.

"It'll just give us one more reason to not like the Knicks," Gotham told HuffPost Live. "In Boston we like to have good reasons to not like the New York teams, particularly the Knicks, if you're the Celtics.

"Phil, he's the guy who is the challenger to Red Auerbach's record for most titles won as a coach, so bring it on. Give us a little more fuel for the rivalry. I don't want to say anything about the people who are there now, but having a guy like Phil around, it's all good fun for us, because he's one of our nemeses."

Jackson actually has more titles than Auerbach as a head coach. Jackson has an NBA-record 11 titles as a head coach. Auerbach won nine as a coach. But Red had 16 as both a coach and executive. Jackson has 13 total rings (coach and player) and hopes to add to that title total with the Knicks. He is expected to come to an official agreement with the Knicks later this week to serve as president of basketball operations.

Pierce & PJax planned this long ago

May, 30, 2010
Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesCeltics captain Paul Pierce made Finals plans long before the 2009-10 season started.
After the Los Angeles Lakers finished off the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Saturday evening, Lakers coach Phil Jackson recalled a moment last summer when he laid the groundwork for a Celtics-Lakers rematch.

"I ran into Paul Pierce in a complex where my daughter lives in L.A. I said, 'Get it back, we want to meet you in the Finals,'" said Jackson. "So, here it is, almost a year later. We have this opportunity, both of us, to renew this rivalry."

Yes, it's Celtics vs. Lakers and the hype machine is already spinning out of control. But with good reason. Even Kobe Bryant noted after Saturday's win: "Obviously, this is a matchup, it's very easy to talk about. There's a lot of things that people can write about and talk about. It's a sexy matchup."

After all the "We want Boston!" and "Beat LA!" chants, we're about to get what everyone wanted.

"It's obvious the Celtics are a rivalry with L.A.," said Jackson. "There's a renewed fervor between both these towns. It's something that has been anticipated now for the last couple weeks. So here it is."

Hop HERE for more from our friends at ESPN Los Angeles on the Lakers' initial reaction to meeting the Celtics.



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