Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Jackson Feels Miami Heat Pressured

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Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson was not surprised by the fact that the revamped Miami Heat are having difficulties.
But remember that if they can not find their game as soon as possible, on the coach, Erik Spoelstra, could be numbered.

After the addition of LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade, Miami has limped to a 8-6 record.

Wade has been beaten, Mike Miller has not played a single game and now Udonis Haslem could miss much playing time.

"I think that record speaks volumes about the fact meet some guys with real talent without a solid base," said Jackson in "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. "And then some things happened, Wade was injured.

Are still kind of search through roles and working on them during practice, "continued Jackson.

Jackson acknowledged that public sentiment is working against the Heat at the moment rather than encourage them so they can change things.

"I think many are waiting to fail because of the way in which the formation of this squad," said Jackson. "There is much about public sentiment. It relies heavily on how the above affect the result and I think things just put some good will for them and move on."

With expectations so high before starting the season after the team president Pat Riley, to gather his dream team, the pressure is on Spoelstra. When the Heat struggled after a 11-10 start in the 2005-06 season, Riley shocked the league by replacing Stan Van Gundy on the bench in Miami. He had not coached since the 2002-03 season, but led the Heat to the NBA championship.

"The picture behind the scenes is that over time these boys were recruited - Bosh and James - by Pat Riley and Micky Arison, the owner will come and say, '[Riley] feel we can do a better job coaching team. We came here hoping to make this work 'and that sort of thing, "said Jackson. "That's my opinion, is that over time, if things straighten out soon, it could be Van Gundy's situation again."

Jackson extended his thoughts through comments to reporters before the Lakers played the Chicago Bulls in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

"I think over time, if things do not change, the weight will fall where they do not have the success they expected. Iran for the players who made some kind of change," said Jackson. "It is easier to change coaches & teams after the first have made all necessary adjustments on the players.

"There are chances of that happening, I think. But it would take more losses than we have seen."

The two-time defending champion Lakers are moving smoothly again with a 12-2 mark. The Boston Celtics, who met in the Final of 2010, remain the beast of the East, according to Jackson.

"Right now, Miami has not been shown - the defense has improved. I really have not proven to be a team before you really have to plan to defend against such outstanding players. And that will be part of the plan. Boston still produces the multiplier effect as team basketball. "


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