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Phil Jackson: Picky, mysterious, but open to a new gig

Jun 16, 2012, 9:00 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

Well, it won’t be the Knicks or Magic, but the old weirdo’s got another ride left in him.

From the AP:

Phil Jackson says “there might be” an NBA job that would lure him out of retirement.

The 11-time NBA champion coach tells HBOs “Real Sports” that the Knicks and Magic openings this offseason were not the positions to bring him back to the bench. In an interview scheduled to air Tuesday night, Jackson confirms that New York, where he started his playing career, didnt contact him before removing the interim tag from Mike Woodsons title, but “I wasnt going to take the job, thats for sure.”

via Phil Jackson says there might be a job hed take – NBA- NBC Sports.


Jackson goes on to say how the Knicks roster doesn’t go together, and how Carmelo Anthony doesn’t pass. In other news, the sky is blue and gravity works.

But here’s where it gets kind of interesting.

Jackson said that the reason he didn’t take the Magic job is that it was too far from his home in Montana. Reports indicated that one of the issues between the Magic and Jackson was that they wanted him in the office and he wanted to telecommute. 21st Century and all. But if Jackson’s looking for somewhere closer to home, you have to look at the options. The Blazers just hired their new GM. Not so much a team in Seattle, anymore. You know, the Clippers… nevermind.

The truth is that trying to suss out what Jackson’s really going to do is impossible, as it has been. The man does what he wants, because he’s earned the right to in this business, and lives a different life, always has. He could wind up anywhere, really. But this is a not-so-subtle announcement. He’s available. You just have to have the right situation.

And the right price.

  1. blueintown - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Go ahead. Someone say something about how he is overrated anyway and any team would be better off without him.

  2. simonwelds - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    The only teams that have true contender lineups are ( spurs, heat, Okc, bulls, celtics, ) out of those the only coach thats “kinda” on the hot seat is Miami …… Seems like Phil is watching the finals real closely.

    • soia311 - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      If he reason for not taking the Orlando job was that it’s too far from home, why would he take a job in Miami?

      I suppose with a roster like that, anyone would take the job, but by his logic, if true, he’s not interested in Miami either.

    • jackntorres - Jun 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      If you’re going to count Boston you might as well include the Lakers and be open to Phil coming back to LA.

      • simonwelds - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        That’s true, but I think it was more a change of scenery retirement than anything else, his job was completed in LA

  3. bchapman2011 - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    If Jim Buss was not in the picture Phil would rejoin the Lakers for another championship run. The Lakers would be better off with Jeanie Buss running the show.

  4. censoredpost - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Getting more out of less, has never been done as well. Guess greatest coach ever isn’t enough. He wants the GM title too.

  5. nokoolaidcowboy - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Wish the Knicks were still in the market…

  6. Miami305 - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Jackson to Miami.

  7. bishopbengals - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    How could he even mention anything about Carmelo not passing when his best friend just had something like 45 points and no assists in his last game?

  8. twreck13 - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Bet he wants okc job, and it’s too bad he doesn’t really have a chance because the thunder have carried Scott Brooks to a championship. It’s amazing that the thunder place so hard when all Brooks seems to do is shout mundane cliches every time out. “play fast! Don’t get scored on! Play harder than them!”

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      and Phil Jackson says……Being a goos coach is knowing your team, which Brooks does. He says things like “Dont be the one to get scored on. Dont be the one that gets beat backdoor. Dont be the one that doesnt box out.” I think thats pretty good in-game coaching. You dont see what Brooks does behind the scenes, at practice and such, but his team plays really hard and smart, he must be doing something right.

      Oh and the team has improved every year he has been there. You can say its the players who are doing the winning, but some say the same about Phil

      • crankitupalevel - Jun 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        Winning is about attitude. Exceptional talent without good attitude begets resentment among fans, teammates, management, media, investors. The key is to continue to excel while not pissing off the human foundational structure that supports you. Tough to do. I have watched MJ and Magic and Larry, and to a man (MJ partially not withstanding) they pick up everyone around them and carry them to their titles. It’s a bitch. It’s a clear testament to these player’s talents – not just as b’ball players but as winners – how strong they are! Phil gets this all. He allows while not enabling. He criticizes while strengthening. Plus, he got to bang the owner’s daughter. Phil needs to coach the Oklahoma City Thunder. Period.

  9. 140chrviolation - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    The NBA controls what is broadcast during the mic-ed huddles and makes sure that only the rah-rah stuff is shown. The actual coaching, with discussion about adjustments or setting plays is cut out completely. They don’t want any meaningful dialog shown that might benefit the opposition. Thats why there is not a single meaningful take a fan can make about a coach from that footage.

    • ss3walkman - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      I’ve been watching and Scott isn’t a good coach. I’d say he’s average. Please show me his coaching? Seems like they play on talent alone. I hardly ever see plays drawn. Imagine how much better they’d be if they were reall coached.. Scary huh?

      • cosanostra71 - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        do you watch them on the defensive end?

      • cassmoney - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        So let me get this right? His average coaching is what got him a Coach of the Year? I wouldn’t say he is this phenomenal coach, but I definitely do say he is more than “average”

  10. skolvikesskol - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Minnesota… He canuse taylors jet… 2 hour daily commute

  11. cantonbound13 - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Brooklyn!!! Don’t let the fact there is no star player scare you.

  12. drewzducks - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Clippers. Stars already in place, the only way he ever does it, and Del Negro, who appears to be over his head has already done the dirty work.

    • crankitupalevel - Jun 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Yeah, good point about Vinny. He could do a Brian Shaw-like under Phil and be awesome soon. He’ll learn, but players today have a tough time with young coaches.

    • jedifriedchicken - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Yes, because Phil really wants to put up with that cheap, racist bastard, Sterling, who regularly screws his coaches and GMs on the way out the door. He had one of he best GMs in the business, who was the lowest paid GM in the league, who was also the archetype for the current Clippers success, and the guy walked away after doing so. Do be surprised if CP3 flees them as well in the near future…

  13. cassmoney - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Come on Phil, we in Houston would love you!

  14. thomaskouns - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    He said exactly what every NBA scout says about the Knicks in his other comments – Carmelo and Stodemire play no D and are fundamentally flawed players who can’t win a championship.

    Hope he comes back to the league in some capacity.

  15. ahmiller21 - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    If the Heat lose again this year I’d bet my left….well you get it, that he will be the coach in Miami next year! Play your bet!

  16. quickchekguy - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    The Clippers would be the perfect situation, except for Sterling being the owner. They have a young team with championship-potential talent. Even though they’re bringing him back, no one there has confidence in Del Negro to lead them to a championship. They have the personnel NOW to run the triangle and why not come back to the city where he won so many championships already and where his girlfriend lives and works. It makes complete sense.

  17. Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    He can’t coach Miami since Slick is taking over the sinking ship this summer.

  18. highlander24 - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM


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  20. thekingdave - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    I’m not sure about this story. Head PBT writer Kurt Helin has told all of us for two years that Jackson’s done coaching after LAL and that we were stupid for suggesting otherwise. I would not question a man with such amazing credentials.

  21. zillabeast - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    I’m surprised it’s not so obvious that he wants one last crack at the Bulls to bring the whole thing full circle.

  22. michael581 - Jun 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    He should consider the bulls. That would be great. But the bulls wouldn’t go that direction. At least I don’t think so. I love Jackson, but let’s be honest, teams are too quick to fire coaches these days. I despise spoelstra, but, if he stays a few more years, the heat will get a championship…but with jackson, maybe 2, or 3, or four…..

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