Phil Jackson Helps a Clippers Fan Become a Better Hindu


Phil Jackson Helps a Clippers Fan Become a Better Hindu Phil Jackson knows all about good karma. His 10 NBA championships as a coach are proof of that.

On the flip side, Jackson believes bad karma could explain the Clippers' misfortune over the years, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"That's their own making," Jackson told the Chicago Tribune. "If you do a good mitzvah, maybe you can eliminate some of those things. You think [Clippers owner Donald] Sterling's done enough mitzvahs?"

While the Lakers have enjoyed unprecedented success since moving to Los Angeles, the Clippers have been plagued with frustration and disappointment since their move 25 years ago. The Clippers have made just four playoff appearances while calling Los Angeles home, advancing past the first round once.

The "Clipper Curse" fails to match the glamor of the "Curse of the Bambino," but many basketball fans fault the curse for the Clippers' failures. Blake Griffin has become the most recent example of the curse, missing every game this season after suffering a preseason knee injury.

University of Southern California's dean of religious life Varun Soni believes Jackson's words make him not only a better Clippers fan, but also a better Hindu.

"The Clippers have definitely been impacted by the karma of their ownership and management, as decades of bad decisions directly resulted in an apathetic and uninspired team culture," Soni writes in a The Huffington Post blog. "Yet there is an infectious joy in being a Clippers fan and rooting for the ultimate underdog with unbridled optimism."

Soni remains optimistic, and has adopted the permanent mantra, ?Next season!" For a team with a 25-36 record, that's really all he can do.

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