Even if his body tells him otherwise, Phil Jackson still has that itch for coaching.
But who knew it would hardly involve basketball?
Instead, it entailed giving rapper Kendrick Lamar some advice shortly after releasing a freestyle titled “Control” that contained these lyrics: “If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me/I’m uncoachable, I’m unsociable.”
@kendricklamar it’s okay to be cocky and sure, but we all need somebody to lean on. Let’s just call it mentoring.
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) August 13, 2013
It’s unlikely Jackson will start producing beats, firing back in a freestyle or collaborating with Lamar for the sake of mentorship. But Jackson’s honesty isn’t just hilarious for the pure randomness. His comments also bode similar to feedback he’s given Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant at early stages in their career. Meanwhile, Lamar is considered a rising hip-hop artist, and he treats his latest song as a chance to shower praises on himself while dissing plenty of other rappers.
Lamar may have deemed himself “uncoachable” the same description Jackson gave Bryant in his book, “The Last Season,” which detailed the Lakers’ 2003-04 campaign that featured Bryant fighting eventually dismissed sexual assault charges, the never-ending Shaq-Kobe feud and a loss to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals. But Jackson and Bryant eventually reunited, won two more NBA titles and developed a stronger bond.
Perhaps Jackson could do the same with Kendrick Lamar, even if the craft falls out of the Zen Master’s expertise.
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