Phil Jackson’s Mic’d Up Speech Calls Out Celtics, Reminds Us That ‘Stats Are for Losers’


Phil Jackson clearly needs to take a page out of Bill Belichick's coaching manual for these NBA Finals.

In the fourth quarter of Sunday night's 92-86 Game 5 loss to the Celtics, the Zen Master was mic'd up for a critical timeout speech that aired on ABC. Not only did the "inspirational" words fail to motivate his players, Jackson offered the C's even more bulletin board material for Game 6 — as if they needed any.

"[The Celtics have] lost more games in the fourth quarter than anybody in the NBA," he said in the huddle. "They know how to lose in the fourth quarter, alright? They're just showing us that right now."

Sure, the C's did drop the most contests in the final frame during the regular season, but as Belichick once proudly stated in a 2009 news conference, "Stats are for losers."

And that's where he found himself just minutes after this timeout — on the losing end.

Ten titles aside, nice speech, loser.

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