In the NBA, a story isn't over until Phil Jackson says it is. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers head coach jumped into the Miami Heat crying saga, injecting his opinion on the matter to nearby reporters. The drama over the reaction of Miami players following a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday heated up after head coach Erik Spoelstra told the media players were in tears because the team cared so much about winning. It set of a firestorm of reaction from the media and players alike.
But Jackson took it a step further, firing a shot across the Heat's bow on Tuesday. Jackson questioned the manhood with comments during his Tuesday press conference, jabbing the Heat for their emotional response to Sunday's loss.
"This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed," Jackson said. "Big boys don't cry. But, if you're going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one can see."
The comment was perfect fodder for Heat-haters and NBA fans alike. Big-time coach criticizing big-time egos? What more could fans want?
Jackson hit the Heat right where it hurts and knows exactly which buttons to push. Professional athletes, or athletes at any level, don't take kindly to having their manhood questioned. As he always does, Jackson is playing mental games, messing with the Heat's heads with the NBA season winding down.
With the Heat hosting the Lakers on Thursday, Jackson's quotes serve as a fun subplot as the Heat try to snap a season-long five game losing streak.