Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Essence of Phil Jackson, In One Quote

When asked about Kobe's Game 2 performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Phil Jackson, the NBA's Pedant in Residence commented: "What did Mark Twain say? Rumors of my demise are overrated, or whatever." In 13 scant words, the Zen Master illuminates everything we've come to detest about him. I mean, it's almost all there: a rhetorical question, coupled with a pretentious--and, true to form, botched--literary reference, followed by a smug-- and, true to form, botched-- attempt at modesty. 

Thirteen words, 66 characters, an efficiency of self-expression not seen since the inception of the Triangle Offense. 

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