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Phil Jackson to decide on future by June 27th

Jun 18, 2010, 7:33 PM EST

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After winning his 11th NBA championship on Thursday night, Lakers coach Phil Jackson sat down with ESPN’s Hannah Storm to discuss his future plans
This was the final year of Jackson’s contract with the Lakers, which paid him approximately $12 million a season. (He reportedly also received a $2 million bonus for leading the Lakers to a second straight title.) It is widely believed that Lakers owner Jerry Buss would want Jackson to take a pay cut in order to return to Los Angeles. 
Jackson told Ms. Storm that he is trying to decide whether to retire or return to the Lakers, citing some medical problems as a possible reason for his departure from coaching. When asked about the possibility of coaching another team, Jackson said that he has not “entertained that as of yet,” and has not been approached with anything “specific.” He then said he could not “answer the question directly.” 
It is widely believed that Dan Gilbert, the billionaire owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, would be willing to pay Jackson an exorbitant sum to coach Cleveland next season. Whether that pay increase and the possible allure of getting Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James their first NBA championships would be enough to get Jackson to leave his home, the team he’s won five championships with, and his girlfriend Jeannie Buss remains to be seen. Jackson has come close to guaranteeing he will not coach another team next season, but has hinted that a change of franchises is a small possibility on a few occasions. Personally, I would be shocked if Phil coached another team next season, but I’ve given up on trying to out-guess the Zen Master. 
According to Jackson, he wants to decide on his future plans very quickly, and told Storm that he will make some decisions about his future before June 27th. The 27th, of course, is several days before June 1st, the first day the 2010 free agents can sign with other teams. 
  1. BradytoMoss - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Hey I want coach Jackson to challenge himself and take a coaching job with a losing record. Have you all noticed he only takes jobs with allstar teams. Chicago had Jordan and Pippen and Lakers with Shaq and Kobe, Gasol. Jackson is a punk and gets too much credit.

  2. P. Ami - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    BradytoMoss, lets just say that Smush Parker and Kwame Brown don’t qualify as all-stars. PJ took a team with Kwame and Smush starting to a seventh game against a #1 seed. I seem to recall a certain coach sitting with Rondo, Delonte, Perkins and Pierce in a weak east and he still didn’t make the playoffs. Say what you will but I guess Phil Jackson is such a punk that he has more rings then Russell. Taste it!!!

  3. P. Ami - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    BradytoMoss, lets just say that Smush Parker and Kwame Brown don’t qualify as all-stars. PJ took a team with Kwame and Smush starting to a seventh game against a #1 seed. I seem to recall a certain coach sitting with Rondo, Delonte, Perkins and Pierce in a weak east and he still didn’t make the playoffs. Say what you will but I guess Phil Jackson is such a punk that he has more rings then Russell. Taste it!!!

  4. dave - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Keep dreaming Cavs fans.

  5. Takechiyo - Jun 19, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    Have you not heard this before. Did MJ, Shaq win before Phil? The answer is no. A star does not mean automatic championships. You need a guiding force to make these players to play as one. In your opinion only superstars bring championship. I disagree. Phil is the best. Live with it

  6. Steve Jackson Asheville - Jun 19, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    You must be one of those silly nig gers that can handle the fact that whitie can coach. In coaching as in real life. Do you know the difference between a black guy and a pizza. A pizza can feed a family of four!!!! Ah, that one kills every time but anywho. Cav fans your favorite negro has hit the road jack, aint gonna come back no mo no mo no mo (except on the visiting team to a showering boos)

  7. Darrell Powledge - Jun 19, 2010 at 5:49 AM

    I overlooked Steve Jackson. It’s obvious that you and Scott don’t feel good about yourselves or you wouldn’t feel the need to put down others.

  8. Craig W. - Jun 19, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    P. Ami
    Phil has 11 rings; Russell has 11 rings
    We do seem to forget Kareem has 6 rings, don’t we?

  9. Omnius - Jun 19, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    If Phil Jackson is making his decision by June 27 then it’s most likely that he is going to stick around another year for another ThreePeat. It’s always tough to quit a team that just won a championship because the lure of another is so strong. Only a fool would think he should go elsewheres, especially Cleveland. No Phil is most likely going to take a pay cut and stay. I hope that the Lakers trade away Jordan Farmar to get a really good point guard to be the starter so Fisher can become the backup. Deron Williams of the Jazz would be a good fit for the Lakers and I think he’s going to be a free agent soon. Somehow someway I’m sure that the Lakers will keep Phil around, there just isn’t any other coach that can fill Phil’s shoes!

  10. Lak3rs_fan - Jun 19, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Sounds like the Lakers left a bad taste to your mouth! Now lets analyze the the coaches who have coached those mentioned players before Phil Jackson coached them. Hmmm let’s see how many championships did they all have? ZERO, NADA, ZILCH!
    Of course everyone says that Phil Jackson wouldn’t have won all those NBA Championships without them and you can’t argue the FACT that all those players wouldn’t have won WITHOUT Phil Jackson!
    If he coached a losing team I’d bet he would improve the team! Winning the NBA championship with that same team may or may not happen and that’s understandable. But not to give credit where credit is due is plain stupid.
    Unlike the Patriots who after getting caught stealing signals from the opposing teams, how many championships have they won since? And what about that “tuck” rule against the Raiders? That was clearly a fumble. We all know that Bilicheat can’t coach a team without his superstars either and that was already proven!
    Get it over it the Lakers WON!!!

  11. Lak3rs_Fan - Jun 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Actually Phil Jackson has a total of 13 rings people seem to forget that he has 2 more as a player

  12. youraschmuck - Jun 19, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    brady you truly are a schmuck, before jackson took over the teams you are referencing they were floundering franchises even with jordan and pippen they didnt have a winning team, and same with shaq and kobe they hadnt won anything in 12 years, then when he came back to the lakers gee if i remember right they were a sub 500 team until 2008 even with gasol they lost so your the punk bcuz you as usual type bs that you have no solid info on, if jackson wnet to another team his knowledge and enregy and his pure teaching talent would help any team….so loser stfu and go play with your dolls, your obviously a celtics fan whining cuz your jealous of lakers

  13. whuteva - Jun 19, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    wow scott and steve man do you kiss your mothers with that mouth…yes i siad mouth as in singular, yes by the way you type your statement you are one and the same…anyway its losers like you that create and extend racism, i am white and proud of it but by no means does that make me better or with than any other race, for all races have the rotten appleand you seem to be ours, phil jackson is a great coach whether he is white or black, lebron is a gifted YOUNG player he needs to grow and learn just as kobe did, and larry bird and any other player if lbj decides to go elsewhere well thats his choice good luck to any player today free agency and moves the horizon is open

  14. bp - Jun 19, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Steve,
    You are a racist pig. Go crawl in your hole and don’t come out! I’m a Laker fan and proud of our 16 championships. Phil is a great coach and will be back.

  15. Tennessee - Jun 19, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    You are a disgrace to people of all races. You probably make your father regret the day that he waisted his swimmers on you!!!!!

  16. TC - Jun 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Phil has 11 as coach and 1 as a player; 12 total. . . Horry has 7

  17. Tom - Jun 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Phil has 11 as coach and 1 as a player; 12 total. . . Horry has 7

  18. Rippa - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Smh…ya a NBA fan and your up here talking about nig gers? if ya NOT the dumbest on this panel….

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