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Does Phil Jackson want to coach again? Even Jeanie Buss doesn’t know.

Mar 26, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

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The New York Knicks have not contacted Phil Jackson about coaching them yet. At least not formally (anything might have happened through back channels).

But at some point they will offer the job to him, the question is will he take it?

He was burned out after his second stint with the Lakers and talked openly about wanting to get healthy, writing another book and maybe doing some traveling. But he’s competitive and has an affinity for New York where he played, so could that sway him?

Don’t ask longtime Jackson companion Jeanie Buss. The L.A. Times did and she said she has no idea either.

“I can’t answer that question,” said Buss, a Lakers executive vice president. “Only he can. Nobody’s called him. Unless somebody calls, we won’t know how to answer that question….

“Don’t even go there,” Buss said. “That’s up to Phil. Whatever he does, he loves the game and he loves the guys that he’s coached. That will never change.”

It says everything you need to know about PJ that the person probably closest to him on the planet doesn’t want to hazard a guess as to what he is thinking.

I’ll say again that my impression of him after the Lakers were swept out of the playoffs by the Mavericks last year is that he was done, that the grind of coaching was more than he physically wanted to put up with anymore. I don’t think he’ll go back to coaching anywhere.

But guessing what Phil Jackson will do next is a waste of time. Nobody knows. Maybe not even Phil himself yet.

  1. derekjetersmansion - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    He’ll take a front office job before he coaches again.

    • purplerain53 - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      Dr.Buss has talked with Phill about front office job. They want him to be the President of Basketball Operations. Position held till now from Jim Buss.He was offered also a scouting director position.
      Phil is a smart dude. He is not going to coach in NY just from nostalgia. He always goes to a teams with 3-4 all star caliber players an a solid bench. What Knicks can offer him? Jeremy Lin is not Ch.Paul or D.Williams or D.Rose or R.Westbrook. He is just good scorer. Carmelo and Amare are already washed out players.T.Chandler is not Dw.Howard, nore A.Bynum. They don’t have any good pieces on the second unit. So, don’t full yourself Knicks fans. Phil is not going to take your broken squad. Remember. He is a smart dude.

  2. themohel - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I took her comments to mean that she doesn’t want to speak for him rather than she doesn’t know.

  3. davidly - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    They aren’t gonna ask him.

  4. managod777 - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Honestly, if Mike Woodson keeps winning, stay with him. I know he didn’t win it all with Atlanta, but the team steadily improved. Also, the Knicks have more talent now than Atlanta ever did. So, improvement with talent can be a great combination. Except for Miami and Chicago (?) the Knicks can make a mark in the East before meeting these guys. Phil and his 11 championships would be nice, though…

  5. metalhead65 - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    if he came back to coach it would only be for a team like the heat or ok. city or a team with the talent already there to win it all, he has never coached a team that was not like that and won’t start now.

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