Posted April 17, 2013

Report: Phil Jackson ‘itching’ for return to NBA

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Former NBA coach Phil Jackson is reportedly interested in coaching again. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Former NBA coach Phil Jackson is reportedly interested in getting back in the league in some capacity. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

With 11 NBA championships and 1,155 career wins, it seems that Phil Jackson wants to pad his résumé some more.

According to ESPN.com, the former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach is “itching” to end his retirement and get back into the NBA in some capacity.

Jackson, 67, last coached the Lakers in the 2010-11 season when the team was swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Semifinals. Jackson told Sheridanhoops.com in January that he “has no intention of ever coaching again.”

More from ESPN.com:

Sources stressed that there is no specific opportunity in play yet for Jackson, who resisted coaching overtures from the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season.

But NBA coaching sources say that stance will not dissuade teams with openings from approaching Jackson this offseason to gauge his interest, with the Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers — who interviewed Jackson in 2005 and are known to be contemplating a coaching change — potentially at the top of the list.

What has Jackson really intrigued, sources say, is the opportunity to oversee an organization in the patriarchal style of Pat Riley with the Miami Heat or in a role similar to that previously held by Larry Bird with the Indiana Pacers


14 comments
pandah462
pandah462

He should get that itch checked out by a professional.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Phil not a great coach at all, he barely pays attention most games.   He just let Jordan and Kobe do what they wanted.

pandah462
pandah462

 @SukeMadiq Isn't being hands off considered good coaching in some cases?  Are you implying that you, SuckMagic, could have done the same with either of those players?  If so, I want whatever you're smoking.

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

Would Phil have any interest in Phoenix, Utah, or Sacramento/Seattle? Surely if those organizations feltl that they could pick up a Phil Jackson would they more easily dismiss the marginal coaches now leading these teams? He is a LA institution living in a very nicest of Pales Verde (sp?) however he was overlooked by the Buss's when they last made a change and who knows when the Clips might make a coaching move, all the while Phil isn't getting younger. In summary he's going to have to leave town to coach again, in the end would he really do so?

JoeHercik
JoeHercik

Just for fun lets say Jordan hires him to handle the Bobcats aka the New Hornets. The team is back together the team gets better and Jordan finally gets to be Phils offical boss.

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

@JoeHercik No chance, MJ only hires YES men, Phil doesn't fit that description. It was hard to believe that with MJ owning the team they set the record for losing %. You have to seriously not have a clue to corner an achievement such as that, not every great player can also coach

Ciscos
Ciscos

 @JoeHercik As much as I like Jordan I'm 50-50 on your idea. 1. Jordan would have to be willing to listen, which thus far he's been incapable of doing with anyone. 2. Jackson would probably be the only one he'd listen too.

Ciscos
Ciscos

if - and when Jackson comes back, it'll be with the Lakers.... Well it should be... and that's only if Jim Buss can swallow his pride and get past his feelings being hurt by Jackson.  If Kobe can digest his for the sake of winning, then Jim Buss should as well.

 

I'll be the first to admit Jackson's "I know more than you" personality rubs some people wrong, but if the object is to field a winning team, then you have to check those egos at the door - and that starts at the top (or in Jim's case, second to the top).

 

I'm not a Jim Buss fan. I think his stewardship of the Lakers has been suspect, but if I'm willing not to hold his two coaching hire failures against him, he shouldn't hold Jackson's "you don't know squat about basketball" against Jax either because in the end, Jackson was obviously right.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

No way Jackson will take a job coaching a team like the Nets or Cavs. He would quickly be exposed as a mediocre talent. I am sure he has fantasies of the Heat giving him a call. What he really wants is to be paid ridiculous money to sit in a front office. That is why the Lakers did not rehire him.

morphy
morphy like.author.displayName 1 Like

Jackson gets more pathetic.

he gets the greatest players of all time to coach, Jordan and kobe and wins championships with them. big deal. I say take a cellar dweller and see how good of a coach he really is.

pandah462
pandah462

 @morphy How about you?  You'd have to climb out of the cellar you call a home for the test, but you'd probably be a good test.

Ciscos
Ciscos like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @morphy Jordan won zero before Phil... and Kobe/Shaq then Kobe won zero too.  Great talent still needs great coaching.

maddbuddah
maddbuddah

Oversee the Mavs. Cuban has the cash to burn.

cmu92alumni
cmu92alumni

He's done with coaching, but after watching the Lakers this year, he thinks he can come back and play for them.