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Phil Jackson returning to NBA? Maybe, but not with Orlando.

Jun 1, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas Reuters

People expect to see Phil Jackson returning to the bench, sitting in his extra-tall chair, coaching some team loaded with talent that just needs someone to get them to meditate and come together to reach their higher plain.

But he has suggested he really wants a front office position, more wise guru consultant than guy who has to go through the grind of being an NBA coach.

Apparently he is again going to have some kind of role with an NBA team, it just won’t be with the Orlando Magic. Jackson recently spoke with the Magic about a spot in the front office, former Magic player Sam Vincent told the Orlando Sentinel.

For the past few days, Phil Jackson was interested in the possibility of joining the Magic’s front office.

Then, late Thursday afternoon, Jackson bowed out. Magic CEO Alex Martins was formally presented on Wednesday with a scenario involving Jackson by Sam Vincent, who played for the Magic and Jackson.

“It drew some interest from Phil,” Vincent said. “But in the end, Phil decided to go with another opportunity.”

What other opportunity?

We’ll see. Sometimes that’s just what you say when things don’t work out.

But I think we may see him with an NBA role. I just am pretty sure whatever it is it will not be as head coach.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Phil read the constant idiotic LeBron/Heat bashing comments from Magic fans on PBT, and realized those people don’t deserve to have him run their team.

    Although I hear Danny Ferry is available and interested.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Since 1987, the Spurs won the Robiinson and Duncan lotteries; and look at them now.

    Since 1992, the Magic won the O’Neal, Webber, and Howard lotteries; and look at them now.

  3. acdc363 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Haha good call 1972

  4. mdpickles - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    I’m gonna guess that Phil goes to the Knicks or the Nets. Let’s be real here, Billy King is a stiff.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      Not a bad guess since as a player, he was a member of both teams. He retired a Net.

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      good point. King has to be the worse GM. He took a team that had the most cap space, about 5 #1’s in the coming three years, 2 young quality centers, and turned it into…..D Williams and Wallace rentals. If they had no GM and did nothing they would be in 10x better shape right now.

  5. ezmagic - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Jackson will only coach where there is loads of talent. Makes you think, is he really as good as everyone thinks he is? Hmmmmm. No doubt he’s a great coach but c’mon how many rings would any great coach have if he always had 2-3 Allstars on his team surrounded by solid role players. Phil why don’t you take the bobcats job. MJ needs you to help rebuild that franchise lol oh wait there’s no Allstars on that team. Or how about help the magic front office to get the franchise back on track oh wait…. Phil is a great coach but not as great as you think.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      Perhaps you didn’t read the article. He’s not looking for a coaching position.

    • blueintown - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      ez – I would like you to name one coach who has won a single championship without great players. After that, I would like you to name a single coach who has magically turned a roster of crappy players into great players that won championships. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

      • franbotel - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Larry Brown anyone that is a real coach, not one that rides on the back of top 10 players in NBA history to his championships

      • blueintown - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        Larry Brown won a championship without great players? Larry Brown took over a roster of crappy players and won a championship with them? What planet are you from?

      • blueintown - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        Go ahead, Fran. Still waiting for you to name “anyone that is a real coach”.

    • blueintown - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      Still waiting, ez. A coach who has won a single championship without great players, or a coach who has made crappy players into championship winning players.

  6. thetooloftools - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Orlando is going to have to go with an “entry level” guy as they just fired a much better coach then they will hire… and as for Howard, she’s still going to leave.

  7. ezmagic - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    1972 you must be a heat bandwagon fan. I bet you know squat about the heat history. Im sure you were a heat fan in 2006 but then after that, the heat sucked balls and you went to hiding til last season.
    Can’t wait to see if you’re still a fan after you don’t win or should i say try to buy a championship again this year or next and after that and after that.
    I respect real heat fans that live in south Florida. I’m only hating on bandwagon fans that know crap about heat history. Googling info doesn’t count…

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Got a signed Lewis Schaffel picture in my office. Is that legit enough?

      • blueintown - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        Holy crap, is that true?

        I thought I was weird for hanging onto a Rusty LaRue signed post-it note.

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        1972 thats awesome!!

        I’ve hung on to a signed Michigan poster with Glen Rice’s sig. Have it in my garage.

        But Lewis Schaffel, thats great and random.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        I was messing around with the Lewis Schaffel picture. But I was at the Heat’s first home win in 1988 vs the Jazz.

  8. ezmagic - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Don’t forget Phil bashed lebron/wade/bosh and the heat also 😉

    Spurs dumped the season that Robinson was injured to get the 1st pick and got Duncan. They won cause of veterans on those teams, pop as coach and smart scouts in the front office.
    First time magic made it to the finals they had the youngest starting 5 to ever make it there. No experience…In 2009 same thing, not much experience.

  9. congocash - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM


  10. cantonbound13 - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Pat Riley should step aside & bring in the Zen Master.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Yeah, what has Riley ever done?

      • blueintown - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        Serious question, please don’t laugh:

        If the Heat don’t win this year (which I don’t think they will without Bosh), does Riley call his old nemesis? Pat is a bright enough dude to not let petty feelings inhibit him from doing what is right. With LeBron’s emergence as a quasi-post player, plus his uncanny ability to distribute the ball, and with similar skills from a healthy Bosh, this team would be damn near unbeatable running the triangle. Plus, Phil is old and has a new joint replaced every other week, what better place to spend his retirement than in Miami?

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        My guess, and this guess has no basis in any actual knowledge of anything; is that Spoelstra coaches the Heat next year whether the Heat win or lose in Finals. If they lose, it will most likely be because the Spurs have a better team and not because of coaching. Remember 08-09 & 09-10? The Heat were garbage, but Spo had them in playoffs as #4 seeds. He’s a good coach.

        Riley is incredibly loyal to Spoelstra. The job Spo has done is more than Xs & Os. Other than filling out a lineup card with LBJ, Wade, & Bosh, this is an incredibly difficult job, and I think it was even more difficult last year. Lesser men would have broken under the pressure. A coach with an outsized ego cannot coach this team.

        Lastly, Pat Riley isn’t hiring Phil Jackson. Never Ever Ever.

        If they lose to Boston, though, Riley might fire Spo.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        Riley could never beat Phil. Arrison should let go of Riley & let Phil be GM, hire Brian Shaw as coach. LeBron & Wade would do well in the triangle. They are not suited to play Riley thug ball.

  11. lmvs2012 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Dammmm stipid rumors again! Jesus!

  12. dallascowboysfan101 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    He should come 2 da kings baby!!!

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Probably wouldn’t go from the NY Metro to Chicago to Los Angeles to Montana and then to Sacramento. I love Sacramento, but I’m not rich, because if I was, I’d live somewhere else!

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