Welcome back to Part II of the Floppies where we are awarding the Floppy Award for “Best Direction by a Coach or Team Executive”.
As we all know, coaches and other team management personnel have a big role in the world of sports. These people actually determine people’s lives. From where they will live, to how much they work, how long of a career they will have and how much money they will make over that time span. And in the process, they occasionally contribute to what actually goes on the court, through either coaching or accumulating huge piles of money from fans.
But more importantly, some of these coaches and executives have given us some of the best acting performances in all of sports. With their quotes, hiding of information and the incessant games they play with the media, at times coaches and executives can out-flop the best of the athletes.
So without further ado, here are your nominees and winner for this year’s Floppy in “Best Direction by a Coach or Team Executive”.
Phil Jackson – I see why they call Phil the “Zen Master.” He pulled one over old #24’s eyes prior to the start of this current NBA season. He acted as if he didn’t care if Kobe was traded, and even expressed that sentiment weeks into the season when everyone else thought trade talks were dead. Never would I usually consider that a grown man has fallen for reverse psychology, but I have to admit, this would be right up the Zen Master’s alley if that’s what he did.
Dennis Green – “They are who we thought they were!” Enough said!
Donald Sterling – I find it funny the Sterling has all of a sudden turned into an owner who cared about his team winning. His comments that Mike Dunleavy and Elgin Baylor need to get the team turned around or else, were quite stunning coming from a guy who admittedly constructed the first NBA franchise designed to lose games while making more money than successful teams. So the real question is, who is the real Donald Sterling? The guy who just wants to turn a profit, or the guy who all of a sudden has a thirst for winning basketball. Either way, he pulled off one heck of an acting job.
Bill Belichick – So the NFL sends out a memo a few days prior to the start of the NFL season about teams not being allowed to film their opponent’s sidelines, and yet Belicheat over here does that anyway, and claims that they misinterpreted the rules. Yeah, Tom Brady’s ankle is a significant injury, right?
And the winner is: Phil Jackson.
Look, anyone who can execute reverse psychology on a grown man, in front of the media, and never really are called on it except for right here in the “Floppies”, is a clear-cut winner in our book.