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Report: With offer on table, Phil Jackson to meet again with Lakers

Nov 11, 2012, 4:29 PM 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

If Phil Jackson says yes, the job is his (according to the New York Times and other reports). He will for a third time become the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jackson and Lakers management are going to meet again Sunday or Monday, reports Marc Spears at

But he adds that Jackson — who openly admitted he was tired of the grind of being an NBA coach when he walked away before the lockout — wants some conditions on travel and the like.

Those who have seen Jackson and spoken with him recently say he looks rested and in good shape, but still has concerns about the lengthy travel an NBA schedule requires, sources said. Some possible solutions, sources said, would be to allow his assistant coaches to coach some games and run shootarounds.

That is not a new request, it was something he suggested he would want while coaching in his last stint but never got it from the team.

Jackson is clearly strongly considering saying yes — he’s gone so far as to gauge the interest of potential assistant coaches.

The way the parting of Jackson, 67, and the Lakers went after the team was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs in 2010 made this kind of reunion seem impossible — there was civility but bad blood, and after he left Jim Buss (the son of Jerry and the guy running the Lakers now) cleared out a lot of long-time Lakers seen as Jackson supporters, such as assistant GM Ronnie Lester and much of the scouting staff.

But desperate times… the Lakers had Jackson on the top of their list as replacements for Mike Brown, who was fired following a 1-4 start. Jackson will want more power, will want some travel reduced, he will want a lot of cash in that paycheck.

And the Lakers seem ready to give it all to him.

  1. Great Caesar's Ghost - Nov 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Road block to any more Heat titles.

    • 1historian - Nov 11, 2012 at 4:54 PM


      • nbascreed - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        Yes. I love LBJ and his versatility as much as the next guy. But Phil will put 7’0″ highly skilled in the post Pau and/or D12 on the block ALL FREAKIN DAY against a power forward playing Lebron. Over a 7 game series that is serious advantage Lakers. I can guaran-freaking-tee you LBJ does NOT want the hassle of banging with those guys for 48 minutes in a playoff tensed atmosphere.

      • bozosforall - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM

        Just like the Heat are the roadblocks to the Puh C’s ever making it out of the East.

    • dls612 - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      Other than heat fans its a pleasure to know that Lakers fans acknowledge how great the heat are! By the way love Phil but u can’t possibly believe that Phil coming back would stop any chance of the heat or any team from winning a title! Just wishful thinking or stupidity!

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        To question the Heat’s POTENTIAL to repeat is sheer stupidity.

        But the Lakers along with other great teams ARE INDEED ROAD BLOCKS.

        What do you expect these teams to do? Just rollover and hand the trophy to the Heat?

      • Great Caesar's Ghost - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        16 Rings. No asterisks for mini seasons.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      How about five asterisks on those titles NOT WON IN LOS ANGELES OR IN AN ERA WITH ANY BLACK PLAYERS. Take those banners down you wanna be dynasty.

      • bozosforall - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

        The LAKERS won all of ths titles, where they won them is of no consequence. And three of the five titles wn in Minny were on after the league was integrated, so your lame racist comment is FALSE. Now commence to offing yourself, worthless loser.

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      Lol at the “asterisk seasons” comment.

      Lakers fans before the playoffs in 2012 – “Wooo, Kobe is going to get his SIXTH RING BABY! Let’s do this!”

      Lakers fans after the Lakers lost to OKC – “ASTERISK SEASON! ASTERISK SEASON! Championship does NOT count!”

  2. lakerluver - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Deadman walking. Yeah, I’m talking to you, sir.

  3. dolphindubs - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    I wonder if the people that ran their mouths about Lebron teaming up with stars to get some titles will also hate in Phil for basically doing the same thing. Whenever a team doesnt appear to be in the running for a ring, he cowers away and doesnt bother. But hey….whenever there is a legit chance a team could win a ring, he jumps at the chance. Phil Jackson is an overrated average coach who has had the honor of being at the helm of teams that more than likely would have won with any coach. GO BACK TO MONTANA D-BAG!

    • mytthor - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Yeah, nothing like taking over a 2-4 team that has looked awful on offense and defense to say “automatic championship!”

      Obviously the Lakers aren’t as bad as their record, but there’s certainly nothing about them that makes them even seem like a contender yet.

      Your argument that his teams would have on with anyone is just absurd. Pretty much the same teams DIDN’T win titles when other coaches coached them. You know how many coaches won titles with crappy talentless teams? Zero.

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      yeah, that 2005 Lakers team he took over, with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown starting and playing prominent roles, was the ultimate in “teaming up with stars”

      • nbascreed - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM


  4. paulhargis53 - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Wow, it only took less 3 hours this time for you to res

  5. paulhargis53 - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Wow, it only took less than 3 hours for you to respond this time after supposedly being “done”.

    God you’re pathetic.

    Oh yeah, that dead man walking thing is great(eye roll) keep repeating it, maybe one day it will be funny, or relevant.

    You’re clownshoes dude.

    • mytthor - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Dude seriously. I am a laker fan, but even I admit lakerluver is a ridiculous homer.

      But the hard-on you have for him is insane. You’re timing when he does and doesn’t post, and every time he posts you have some witty response.

      Just saying, probably not a good idea to pay THAT much attention to a guy you spend so much time calling gay.

    • bozosforall - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      The biggest clown ever here is you, Pudhummer53. Now go kill yourself.

  6. jessethegreat - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Just give him the keys and sign the checks, Mr. Buss. He shouldn’t have to ask. Let him do his thing and more rings will follow. For the ignorant fool that thinks Phil is just an average coach, sure he coached with a lot of talent, but how many other guys can put all the talent on the same page. He does get a lot of media coverage, but like Joe Torre, if anything, he’s underrated. You try coaching a team with so many egos with fans that expect nothing less than championships.

  7. loungefly74 - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Laker haters…c’mon…i know you just took a deep breath of concern…dont deny it.

    Laker fans…wow. if this happens, holy cow. we gotta be feeling good.

    i will say this…it is definitely title or epic bust at this point.

    Haters and fans…this is great drama. you gotta love it. this should take the whole PH53/LL fued to a new level!

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      Deep breath of concern?

      Buddy, that’s an understatement. If this pushes through, it would be some rude awakening.

      Haters be afraid. Be very afraid. LOL!

      I hope it does push through. If not, life moves on and on to the next coach.

  8. uscthom78 - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Story number 5000 on the same topic, with nothing knew to report.

    • dmcannon99 - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Nothing “knew”?

      OK, which of you folks twisted uscthom78’s arm and made him read this? C’mon…fess up!

  9. scobbalobba - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    @dolphinbuds – With a comment like that about quite possibly the greatest coach of any era from any sport since before time began, I would assume you have about as much mentality as a 3 legged dog with a tin doodle..The Zen Master activates and motivates the best out of people and I found your comment slanderous and lacking any common sense

  10. iamjimmyjack - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Consider him the coach. He can’t possibly say no to a team like this. The rest of the nba can start shaking in their boots now.

  11. rodge1 - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    The Lakers will probably need Phil Jackson to come in and play off the bench. Instant upgrade to their bench.

  12. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    I sense some anxiety among them laker HATERS… lol!

    Discrediting Phil’s coaching ability? You guys are pathetic. I bet you’d want Phil to coach your teams if given the chance.


    • bozosforall - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Much better than that pretender Doc Rivers, who has shown that he can only win with the “Big Three”.

      • eventhorizon04 - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:36 PM

        Doc Rivers has also shown he can beat Phil Jackson in the Finals…

      • bozosforall - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM

        Doc Rivers got lucky. He won’t win another title in his lifetime. He is the Trent Dilfer of basketball coaches.

  13. badassleroybrown - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    If this doesnt prove that Phil Jackson is NOT that great of coach I dont know what will…He’s proving he cant do it without having the BEST player(s) on his team. He left the Lakers when the talent was aging and tailing off now that they re-upped with Howard,Nash,Jamison bench to pair with Kobe,Gasol,Metta world war he comes back…


  14. packhawk04 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    I have all the respect for jackson. That being said, either coach or dont, none of this road games and shootarounds off crap.

  15. paulhargis53 - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Anyone else find it odd that lakerluver rarely comments when bozosforall does.

    Take this thread for instance. He claims to be done with me(LL), then all of a sudden bozos shows up and starts rattling my cage. It happens quite often, and its a little to coincidental.
    Then bozos use lakers patented all caps for the team name( how douchey is that anyway?)
    They also have the same format. Repetitive in nature, always making fun of my name, stealing of my jokes..

    Lakerluver/bozo- its so very pathetic that you need 2 names to battle me under.

    You get schooled under both names. You must lead a sad pathetic existence.

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