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Report: Phil Jackson not going to take over Raptors

May 13, 2013, 10:18 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

While you could draw the lines — a connection with new Toronto team CEO Tim Leiweke, a desire to have a role where he could be a team president — it always seemed an odd fit:

Phil Jackson in Toronto? Really?

Not going to happen, according to Michael Grange at

One name that can be crossed off any lists, sources say, is Phil Jackson. The 11-time NBA champion head coach won six titles working with Leiweke in Los Angeles and the two are friends, but the likelihood of Jackson relocating to Toronto and taking on a full-time role as a club executive are considered remote at this point.

Jackson could maybe come back around on Toronto, but he’s talking to other teams (well, not the Nets anymore) and the process will not be fast. And the Raptors need to move a little faster.

In the next couple days the Raptors are expected to make a decision about the fate of GM Bryan Colangelo. He’s been dangling out there for a few weeks while the just-hired Leiweke and the rest of the Raptors management decided what to do with him.

The Raptors are an organization that needs some kind of direction and focus, if not from Jackson from someone. Anyone. Well, Colangelo has had eight years to get that so maybe he’s not the guy, but he may well get one more year.

  1. birdsflynorth206 - May 13, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    He is waiting for the kings to move, its no secret Chris Hansen wants him as gm

  2. wsuperman4445 - May 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    why is Phil putting the NBA teams through this mess? I guess free advertising goes a long way. I am tired of Phil is not coaching this team or that team its like all 30+ teams in the NBA are asking him one by one just to make news and the same answer he would be better off just putting out a press release saying he wants what Pat Riley has and nothing less. My bet is that he is GM in Seattle or Calif depending on where the Kings land. so.. stop asking..

    • eventhorizon04 - May 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      If you’re tired of reading articles about Phil Jackson, then you might want to try not clicking on articles with the words, “Phil Jackson” in the title.

      That strategy would be very effective in helping you avoid articles about Phil Jackson, unless Kurt decides one day to write an article about Phil Jackson but title it, “Kate Upton Bikini Photos – Read Below.”

      • badintent - May 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        And we have a winner for tonight’s best PBT quote !!
        We’re all waiting for the “Kate Upton secret sex tape”

      • wsuperman4445 - May 14, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        response to “enenthorizon04” I did not say i was tired of Phil in general, I am tired of these articles on his rejection of coaching Jobs. it should be obvious to even the less informed that he is not going to take a Coaching job at this point in his Career unless he is Coach/President or part owner. He is not helping the situation by not making his intentions clear to those Teams that ask about him Coaching their Players..

    • fanofevilempire - May 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      I love Phil Jackson stories, if you are not a fan stop reading articles about him.

  3. mazblast - May 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    At this stage of his life and career, Phil is all about ego, not money or accomplishment. He won’t take any job, because that may involve actual, uh, what’s the word–oh yeah, WORK. He doesn’t want that, just the attention.

  4. mogogo1 - May 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Maybe if an A-list franchise offered Phil the GM job he’d take it, but no way is he going to any of the places recently rumored. It’s all just an ego boost for him and/or him proving to the bigger fish there is interest.

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