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Report: Dwight Howard wants Phil Jackson as Lakers coach

Nov 9, 2012, 6:56 PM EST

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A third stint for Phil Jackson as the Lakers coach feels very Billy Martin/George Steinbrenner.

But it’s not out of the question.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak suggested during his press conference on the firing of Mike Brown that some players could have input into who is the next coach. Which is apparently more than happened with the hiring of Mike Brown the first time around. You can bet Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have a say.

And Dwight Howard knows who he wants — Phil Jackson. That at least according to a report at Sheridanhoops.com.

Dwight Howard has told the Los Angeles Lakers he wants them to bring back Phil Jackson as coach,’ a source close to the team tells SheridanHoops.com.

(Jerry) Buss’ son, Jim, is expected to be the person who makes the ultimate decision on who the next coach will be, and the source who spoke to SheridanHoops made it clear that Buss is aware of Howard’s wishes. It remains unclear if Jackson would be interested, but he retains a close relationship with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol — two of the players he coached in Los Angeles before leaving the team after the 2010-11 season.

Remember that Dwight Howard is a free agent this summer, the Lakers still have to re-sign him. What that is considered likely, it’s also leverage to make sure his voice is heard in this process.

“When there’s a coach like Phil Jackson, one of the all time greats, and he’s not coaching you’d be negligent not to be aware,” Lakers GM Mitch Kupchack said his press conference Friday discussing the Brown hiring.

You know Jackson has a pretty good relationship with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, you know those two guys could slide right back into the triangle offense. Plus he knows how to build a team and manage minutes. Oh, and there are the 11 rings.

But I still don’t see it happening. Sorry Dwight. First, when Jim Buss brought in Mike Brown he purged a lot of other things Jackson from the Lakers organization. Buss wanted his stamp on the organization, to show he was the right leader to follow his father Jerry leading the Lakers. To bring back Jackson is to admit that failed.

Then there is the question of if Jackson wants to come back. He was tired of the grind of coaching when he left and he and the Lakers were not on the best of terms. There are reasons he may say no.

But his name is in play. And at least one prominent Laker wants him.

  1. dabears212 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    It would be priceless if the Lakers got Stan Van Gundy.

  2. controlledchaos123 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Stan Van Gundy would be a great choice. I hear he is available.

    • zacksdad - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      Great choice if we want Howard to sign with Dallas next year.

      • controlledchaos123 - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        Evidently the sarcasm in my initial comment was lost on many.

      • daddyghi - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        Evidently these Lakers fans cant take a joke.

      • manchestermiracle - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

        controlledchaos: Sarcasm in print is tough to do, which is why not many try.

        daddyghi: Nope, and that’s why Brown is gone. Besides, there are enough joke(r)s posting on here.

      • controlledchaos123 - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

        Lol. Fair enough manchestermiracle.

  3. smcgaels1997 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    At what point does big baby Howard not get his way

    • raidmagic - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Never, it’s the world we live in…

    • letangusespertplus - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      He’s trying to build a resume to be a GM while being a player. Right now its looking pretty bad.

  4. savvybynature - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Yeah and I want D12 to be my personal tree pruner. Doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

    • ron05342 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Non sequitur.

      Unless you are Mark Cuban, you don’t have the money to hire D12 as your personal tree pruner.

  5. Gordon - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Dwight is so helpful at helping build an organization. Just ask the Magic.

    • ron05342 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      Last I looked, Howard was the center for the Magic, not the GM.

      And they had 7 season to build a team with solid support players around him, and failed to do so on a consistent basis.

      In addition, when they realized it was all going to sh*t in the summer of 2011, they should have done something about it then (see Thunder and Hardin). But no, they fumbled the ball repeatedly, firing their coach and their GM and STILL they lost Howard to the Lakers.

      So no, its not all on Howard for the Magic’s failing. The Magic had a part in that too.

  6. lew24 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Isn’t firing Brown admitting it failed?

  7. narrabeen23 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    If Howard Cosell was still around I know exactly what he’d say to Dwight at this point.

    “No, I’ll not do that to you ever again, I apologize to you. Your name…is.Shaquille O’Neal”

  8. emosnar - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Brian Shaw is licking his chops….. just for another let down. So no one thinks Coach browns looks like a fat baby with glasses? He still has that neck meat, hard to respect. Poor guy never had a chance.

  9. joedavis291 - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    DHoward unfortunately he has input if the Lakers want to keep him long-term though idk why he just had backsurgery….. big man + bad back = bad contact

  10. doctorfootball - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    This is an obvious move for Howard. He wants to see if he can do the unthinkable…and get Phil Jackson fired.

    • uscthom78 - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Kobe basically already did the impossible.

  11. brenenostler - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Not happening….

  12. djjackson81 - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    I believe Buss had someone already in mind before he pulled the trigger on Brown or he wouldn’t have done it

  13. boobcok - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    “When there’s a coach like Phil Jackson, one of the all time greats, and he’s not coaching you’d be negligent not to be aware,” Lakers GM Mitch Kupchack said his press conference Friday discussing the Brown hiring

    so we’ve rehired Brown?

  14. nepo784 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Oh thank god!… Feel a lot better now that I know what Dwight wants

  15. roseann894 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Huh!?! Phil Jackson still isn’t the new coach? What’s taking so long? Of course he’s going to get on that gravy train!

  16. mduben - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Did anyone actually read this article?

    The title of the article is; Report: Dwight Howard wants Phil Jackson as Lakers Coach.

    OF COURSE DWIGHT HOWARD WOULD WANT PHIL JACKSON AS A HEAD COACH any player for that matter would pick Phil Jackson. Hypothetically if the Heat asked LeBron who do you want as a coach (prior to the hiring of spolestra); Mike Brown, Eric Spolestra, Van Gundys, Sloan, Phil Jackson. He would probably say Phil Jackson. Why? Because he is the most winningest coach in NBA history on top of that he has to many rings for ten fingers he has to put one of the rings on his toe. Phil Jackson plain and simple knows how to win games. He is the right guy for all the egos the Lakers have and he would bring back the triangle offense. With Dwight repping the purple and gold it probably reminds him of those days where Shaq and Kobe were the kings of the NBA winning back to back to back championships this time its a little different now the Lakers have a legit PG in Nash who will run the triangle to perfection.

    “But I still don’t see it happening. Sorry Dwight. First, when Jim Buss brought in Mike Brown he purged a lot of other things Jackson from the Lakers organization. Buss wanted his stamp on the organization, to show he was the right leader to follow his father Jerry leading the Lakers. To bring back Jackson is to admit that failed.”

    This excerpt was taken from the above article and all I could do was laugh when I was reading this. Kurt Helin, the writer of this article, kind of gives his own input on why the Lakers would not bring back Jackson. Kurt refers to some of the bad relations Jim Buss and Jackson have had in the past. A source close to the Buss family and Jackson have said “There’s no ill will between Jim and Phil.” I think the “source” may be Jeannie Buss someone Kurt probably hasn’t been paying much attention too. Jeannie Buss (Dr. Jerry Buss’ daughter and Jim’s sister) is pretty much married to Phil and I believe she actually has a good amount of power in this current situation (seeing Phil sleeps in the same bed as her (hopefully you caught my drift)).

    Many people believe Jim will probably be the main man involved with hiring the new coach but he won’t be the only person with input on the situation. Mitch Kupchack, the genius, that brought this current Lakers team together definitely has some power on selecting the new coach. “When there’s a coach like Phil Jackson, one of the all time greats, and he’s not coaching you’d be negligent not to be aware,” Lakers GM Mitch Kupchack said his press conference Friday discussing the Brown FIRING. Kurt talks about Buss wanting to put his stamp on the Lakers organization by hiring Mike Brown. Well that decision did fail, but who cares, shit happens. When you mess something up in sports you don’t sit around and think about what you could have done better you own up to your mistake and you fix it. And if that means going out and trying to re-hire the coach that has already put his stamp on the organization you do it without even thinking about the repercussions or the fact that you “failed.” The ultimate goal is a NBA Championship, its not worrying about putting a stamp on the organization. We have seen that Jim Buss is able to do what is right for the team even if he may disagree; trading Bynum (his pride and joy) to 76ers for Dwight Howard.

    This article was really a waste of time. All Kurt said was Dwight wants Phil. And he damn well should want Phil so should every other player on the league just based off Phil’s resume. Kurt also talked about why the Lakers may not bring back Phil because Jim Buss is worried about his reputation. There is no time in basketball to worry about reputations people’s emotions its a dog eat dog game and you have to do what is right for the team. In this case I believe the right move is to go out and rehire Phil. We will see in the upcoming days what the Lakers try to do.

    P.S. I’m shocked I’m not reading this off bleacher report. NBC Sports I’d love to write for you guys and I can promise I would be writing stuff thirty times better then this article.

    • mduben - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      i know this is long. i just needed to say all of that cause this article is a joke

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      So, who ended up being the coach? And why?

  17. eugenesaxe - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Perfect reason for Phil to say no.

  18. coryfor3 - Nov 10, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Actually it has more of a Brett Favre feel to it. Come back again? Seriously?

  19. reupjosh - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Kurt, Simmons already made that analogy about Billy Martin when the news broke. Stop plagiarizing.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      I don’t follow Simmons, so I missed that.

  20. jssgriffi - Nov 10, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    And Howard starts his B.S. he is a p.o.s.

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