Deion Sanders simply acquired in regards to the highest reward a coach might get … courtesy of Shaq, who tells us Coach Prime reminds him of 11x NBA champion Phil Jackson through the epic rivalry recreation with Colorado State this weekend!
“After they have been down 15, there was a digicam that panned to Deion’s face, and it jogged my memory of Phil Jackson. And I’ve all the time stated, if the overall does not panic, the troops do not panic,” O’Neal advised Babcock on the TMZ Sports activities TV present (full interview airs on Tuesday’s present on FS1).
After all, Sanders’ squad was down double digits to Colorado State Saturday night time … when the Buffaloes stormed again late within the 4th quarter, in the end successful 43-35 in double OT.
Deion’s demeanor on the sideline introduced again recollections for Shaq.
“I do know precisely what the [Colorado players] are going via as a result of if you end up standing in entrance of somebody that has a formidable resume, and also you’re making an attempt to get to the extent he get to, every little thing you say is golden. I felt that manner when Phil Jackson first got here to the Lakers,” the NBA legend defined.
“Earlier than [Phil] received there, me and Kobe, we received swept on a regular basis. However when he got here there and stepped within the locker room and we noticed he did not panic, so it taught us to not panic. We all know that this man is aware of what he is speaking about.”
Coach Prime’s crew, which received a complete of 1 recreation final season (1-11), is now 3-0 … and so they’re ranked nineteenth within the nation.
Given the job he is carried out thus far, Shaq believes Sanders is the very best coach within the sport.
“Deion proper now could be the very best coach in school soccer. You heard it right here first.”
We additionally talked to O’Neal about The Occasion on October 7, Shaq’s third annual fundraiser … which has raised greater than $6 MILLION for kids in want in Atlanta and Las Vegas!
Along with Diesel, The Occasion — hosted by The Shaquille O’Neal Basis — may also characteristic performances by John Legend and Jennifer Hudson. Ray Romano may also be within the constructing for the Joel McHale-hosted occasion.
Tickets at the moment are on sale!