Phil Jackson is considered (by most basketball fans) the best modern day coach of his sport. Of course when you have Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant, or Shaquille O’Neal on your squad, X’s and O’s become a little bit easier. But what makes a man bigger then the squad that he coaches?
Is it all the championship rings, the decades of knowledge, experience, and success…. or is it something even bigger?
For Phil Jackson, he has spent many years away from the game simply because he was waiting for the perfect time to come back. And when you are considered the most coveted mind in your sport you can take yearly vacations when you want. Because when it is your time to return, then all of a sudden some owner somewhere is no longer happy with their current coach.
And much like star players change squads, so do star coaches sometimes too. Ask Jose Mourinho about this.
The Italian Serie A coach of Inter has won more championships internationally then just about anybody. Portugal, England, and now Italy have been a few of the leagues he has dominated. And there is likely some news on the way soon claiming that Liverpool or some other big squad has suddenly lured the coach away (at least by 2012). But are coaches becoming too much like players? Where do you draw the line and how much catering do coaches really deserve?
Pep Guardiola was the newest big name on the list. Many believe that Guardiola is the front runner to replace Fergie at Old Trafford when he decides to retire. Pep just signed a new deal with Barcelona, but for only one more season. Many believe that he is on the move to bigger and better things elsewhere in England.
But don’t forget that Pep is the coach of Barcelona.
So in other words, the grass can’t get any greener.