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Let the silliness begin — Phil Jackson to the Knicks rumors

May 10, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

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I would have thought this should have taken a week or so. I should have known better.

The New York Post is reporting that the Knicks might have Phil Jackson as their coach in 2012.

According to an NBA source, Jackson is definitely through with the Lakers, but would not rule out him coaching again in the NBA.

“If the right situation presented itself, he would have to consider it,” the league source said.

The Knicks could be the right situation in 2012, even if they are not on the verge of adding a third star in Chris Paul to go along with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.

It should be noted — if you didn’t know this — that Jackson is a former Knicks forward who was part of their early 1970s title teams. He has flirted with returning to coach there before.

Not. Going. To. Happen.

Phil Jackson is tired of coaching, of the grind and the travel, and he is not the kind of guy who after one year off will feel the need to sleep in hotel beds and eat bad food on airplanes again.

What’s more — the Knicks and Madison Square Garden represent a pure, glory days memory for him. To come back there and coach — to deal with the overreaction to losses, the pit bull media — would sully those memories. He will not do this.

He is not going to ever coach the Knicks. But you can bet the speculation will not die, either.

  1. dolphinphan - May 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    do knicks fans realize how stupid they seem to everyone else?

    • ohkhan - May 10, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      how does this make knicks fans stupid? this is a story written by a beat writer, trying to get people to read his article. if somebody makes a headline about phil jackson coaching any team, he will get people to read it. considering this isn’t even a team you like, but you stopped to click on this post, i think that point is clear.

  2. hnirobert3 - May 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    I get that there’s a ton of uncertainty with the new CBA looming, but I just don’t see CP3 taking any less than what Amar’e and Melo are going to make. The only reason it worked for the Heat is because they all took less than max money. Amar’e’s maxed out for 5 years, Melo just signed a 3 year max extension. I don’t think CP3 is going to want to take less than max when there will be teams, good teams at that, who can offer him the max deal.

  3. lawyermalloy - May 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    If that idiot Dolen were to offer Phil 100 Million for 5 years I think he go!

  4. blueintown - May 10, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    “..and he is not the kind of guy who after one year off will feel the need to sleep in hotel beds and eat bad food on airplanes again.”

    He already did. Twice.

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