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Old 06-16-2009, 07:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Phil Jackson
The case for: Just won his 10th NBA championship to surpass Auerbach; has better regular-season (.70 to .659) and playoff (.697 to .603) winning percentages than Auerbach; coached '96 Bulls to all-time best 72 wins; won 60-plus games seven times; won three titles with Luc Longley as his starting center.

The case against: Heck, Mike Brown could have won six or seven titles coaching Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant; won only three titles with Shaq and Kobe; among the coaches he "outsmarted" in the Finals: Mike Dunleavy, Rick Adelman, George Karl and Byron Scott.

Red Auerbach
The case for: Won nine NBA titles in a 10-season span; finished in first place nine consecutive seasons; defeated Lakers teams led by Jerry West and Elgin Baylor four times to win championships; first coach to start five African-Americans; pioneered the role of sixth man with Frank Ramsey and John Havlicek; popularized cigars.

The case against: Never won a title until Bill Russell joined the Celtics; won his titles during an era when coaches (and probably a few players) smoked cigarettes on the bench -- not to be confused with the other eras, such as when players snorted lines of coke, or smoked joints between periods or tweeted at halftime

Vince Lombardi
The case for: Led Green Bay to three NFL championships and the first two Super Bowl titles in nine seasons; did this after taking over a franchise that hadn't posted a winning season in 12 years; career playoff record of 9-1; credited with bringing concept of zone blocking to the NFL; universally beloved and respected by his former players.

The case against: Seemed to invent every bad cliché quote about football coaching that exists. ("Football is like life -- it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.")

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