Posted April 28, 2013

Report: Phil Jackson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2011

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson retired after the 2011 season after reportedly being diagnosed with prostate cancer. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

While the Lakers were in the midst of being swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, coach Phil Jackson told the team that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to The Orange County Register‘s Kevin Ding.

Jackson was diagnosed in March 2011, but did not decide to tell Lakers players until the first week of May, when they played a second-round series against Dallas and Jackson “sensed the team was lacking something,” according to the report.

The revelation will appear in Jackson’s upcoming book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.”

From The O.C. Register report (via

Jackson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2011. After doctors assured him the cancer could be controlled by drugs temporarily, Jackson waited until after the season to undergo surgery.

“Shocking,” Pau Gasol said Saturday, remembering Jackson’s disclosure to the team. “But then you also could understand certain moments of his demeanor, energy and involvement because of what he was going through health-wise. It explained certain things. It was a shock. A difficult moment for the team.”

Gasol said Jackson talked with team captains Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher privately before telling the whole team in a video session – but Jackson was left second-guessing the revelation in which he became teary-eyed as he spoke … the Lakers strangely fading in that series vs. Dallas.

Gasol allowed that it was different for the team to see Jackson – “such a big figure, the physical and spiritual leader of the team” – as vulnerable.

“As much as I love Phil and I appreciate everything about him,” Gasol said, “it was difficult to know.”

Jackson retired after that series, but his return to an NBA position has been rumored since the beginning of this season.




The effect of not treating it depends on the age of the individual.  As men get older the disease spreads much slower than when a man is 50 or 60 where it moves at a much quicker pace..


“As much as I love Phil and I appreciate everything about him,” Gasol said, “it was difficult to know.”


It was difficult to know?  It is difficult to know anyone you care about has any type of cancer.  He told you so you would understand the pain and stress he was dealing with and you, Gasol, found it difficult to know.  He much more difficult to know was it for Phil Jackson.  He told you all so you would understand, draw closer as a team in possibly in support of him and maybe, just maybe, to help motivate your team to a deeper focus on winning games.


You sound like Iverson "Practice, we're talkin about practice!?  "It was difficult to know Phil Jackson had prostate cancer."  What a self centered egotistical person you are Gasol.  It  sounds like you are blaming Phil Jackson for distracting you from the game because he told you he had cancer., 


Prostate Cancer is not nearly as scary as it sounds.  Most people with it don't even need to be treated, as it is very slow growing.   According to the American Cancer Society the following is true:

5 year survival rate is 100%

10 year survival rate is 98%

15 year survival rate is 93%


 @namriverrat69 What the heck are you reading,Gasol was not blaming jackson he was saying that jackson being so strong of a person,to have cancer and be human in this position it made jackson seem as a normal person and not this strong rock of a human..


 @DanaBunner You need to read the whole story, not the cliff notes!  It depends on the stage of the cancer when it is found, and if it has spread to lymph nodes or elsewhere beyond the prostate.  My brother was diagnosed with Stage 4 five years ago, they gave him two to five years to live.  He has been receiving quarterly hormone shots, after having radical prostate surgery, even though the lymph nodes were positive for cancer, Dr said ahead that if it had spread "she" wouldn't remove as at that point it doesn't help.  He has had his first bad numbers, a doubling of PSA, which if you read is very significant.  Men in their 50's and 60's die everyday from this cancer.  next time you want information do more than Google the statistics, show some intelligence, use some diligence!

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