The last time the NBA was in a lockout in 1999, it resulted in a shortened season with the San Antonio Spurs marching to their first NBA title as they finished off the New York Knicks in five games.
It also led to former NBA coach Phil Jackson labeling the Spurs' first title with one word which will forever drive Spurs fans insane -- "asterisk."
And after 12 years, Jackson is still talking about poking fun at San Antonio's first NBA crown.
In an interview ESPN Chicago (via sportsradiointerviews.com), Jackson spoke on the current lockout and discussed how the 1999 season was patched together and as if right on queue, he brought up the Spurs and the asterisk comment.
New York finished 8th that year and obviously an up-and-coming San Antonio team, which turned out to be quite a great team, but those were the teams that ended up in the finals, but when teams would play 18-19 games in the last month of the season it broke down some of the older steady teams because of that impact of a heavy schedule. I always kind of term that as an asterisk season out of this fun at poking fun at San Antonio.
Even in retirement you still can't let it go can you Jackson?
This is typical Jackson Spurs fans have dealt with since he was in the league and especially duringthe intense Spurs-Lakers rivalry so it might not be that shocking.
What is sort of surprising is how Jackson admits the Spurs' 1999 title team was a great team.Is that actual praise coming out of his mouth?
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Does it still boil you when someone throws the "asterisk" comment at the Spurs first title?
Yeah, I would like to put an "@ss" trick next to Phil Jackson's name. With the talent he had, my 3 year old could have one as many rings....no more rings than him becaus my 3 year old would not have lost to Detroit if he coached Shaq and Kobe. Phil acts like the Spurs were the only team that had a short season. They had the same amt of games as everyone else and they had the same 2 months of play off games like every one else.
so which of those guys was "in their prime", AND top level IE top 2-3-4 at their position during those 4 runs? robinson was still top level arguably but was he prime even in 99? give the spurs detractors that one and look on to 03, 05, 07 not a single top level player outside of duncan. manu IMO is the closest BUT he is/was not a top 2-3-4 at his position. jordan/pippen, shaq/kobe, kobe/pau are all arguably a better 1-2 punch then anything duncan ever had. maybe put 99 duncan/robinson vs any of them and it gets closer but still not a apples to apples.
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you forgot, kobe bryant AND pau gasol.
PJ is IMO the definition of aver rated. send him to NYC, or detroit, hell let him coach on MJs team and lets see how he does. playoffs maybe, rings..... NO CHANCE!
@LFJeremy I TOTALLY agree. And I think in 2000 could be another * cause Timmy didn't play.