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Jeanie Buss isn’t convinced Phil Jackson is done coaching

Aug 8, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

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Phil Jackson has said on multiple occasions this season — ever since the Los Angeles Lakers decided to go with Mike D’Antoni instead — that he was done coaching.

His soon to be wife isn’t so sure.

Jeanie Buss, still part of the Lakers ownership, was on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles and talked about Jackson possibly coaching again (as transcribed by Eric Pincus at the Los Angeles Times).

“It has to be the right situation,” Buss said Thursday during a live radio segment…

“I don’t know how things are going to turn out,” Buss said of Jackson. “I just don’t think he’s done contributing yet. I think he’s got a lot to give.”

I still believe he will never coach again, but it depends on how you define “the right situation.” A veteran team in a major market on the verge of a championship… that he might consider. However, how many teams like that are looking for a coach? Then even in that perfect scenario Jackson might say no.

Jackson’s shadow still looms over the Lakers and Mike D’Antoni, something not going away with the hiring of his former lead assistant Kurt Rambis coming on as a D’Antoni assistant. While everyone in the Lakers can say that tie is not there anymore, it’s not going to read that way to fans who wanted Jackson hired last year when Mike Brown was let go.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Phil. Either ride out on the sunset or get on the 76ers bench. I like ya buddy but don’t play this game.

  2. thomaskouns - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM


    Love Phil but he’s been a big ‘#rick’ tease the last year.

    • miamatt - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Wasn’t he ready to accept the Lakers job before they pulled the rug out from under him? I’d say Jim Buss is the real ‘#rick tease”…

  3. kb2408 - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    “It has to be the right situation.” Translation: If we can convince LeBron and Melo to come to the LAKERS and play with Kobe, Mike D. is gone faster than the blink of an eye and Phil will be back on the LAKERS bench.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Melo? Why would the Lakers want Melo? Kobe is a volume scorer but he is a better shooter than Melo and he’s played “D” throughout his career as evidenced by his many multiple 1st team all defensive NBA selections.

      Melo has never been confused with being a good defender.

      Yes, Melo led the league in scoring last year but that was only because he took a lot of shots, 22.22 per game to get his 28.7 pts a game. Durant, 2nd in the league in scoring last yr at 28.1 pts a game only took 17.69 shots a game.

      Shooting percentages of some stars last season:

      LeBron .565%
      Wade .521%
      Durant .510%
      Kobe .463%

      Melo .449%

      As far as where Melo and several other notable players currently rank on the all time leader board of true shooting percentage, please see the following:

      Magic 9th
      Nash 13th
      Dwight 17th
      Amar’e 19th
      Kevin Martin 20th
      Durant 25th
      Ginobili 30th
      Dirk 35th
      Ray Allen 48th
      LeBron 58th
      Chris Paul 59th
      Pau Gasol 61st
      Chris Bosh 70th
      Michael Jordan 73rd
      Paul Pierce 74th
      D Wade 79th
      Larry Bird 90th
      Kobe Bryant 130th

      Melo 199th

      So Melo doesn’t shoot well, takes a LOT of shots and doesn’t play “D”.

      • gdub520 - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        there’s a saying that goes, ‘there are lies and then there are statistics’ of the top 9 guys on your list (ending with ray allen), only 3 of them have rings. of the 9 (beginning with lebron)…9 have rings!!! honestly, i am surprised to know that larry bird’s percentage was as low as it is for his career when it seemed like he hit everything from all over the floor. but it shows you that while a higher shooting percentage is good, it doesn’t tell the story. kobe has shot relatively low percentage his entire career, especially compared to jordan or even his contemporary, ray allen, but you can argue that no one’s been more deadly taking that must-have shot.

        carmelo is a helluva shooter when he gets on a roll. yes, he’s very one-diminsional but that dimension on a team that needs just what he brings could be deadly, he killed it in the 2008 summer games.

        also, if you think kobe still plays defense, you haven’t been watching closely. particularly this past season, kobe is not close to the same player defensively. thats just age, but i also think phil’s scheme earlier in kobe’s career kinda messed up kobe’s ‘d’. phil wanted everything funneled in to shaq so that shaq could alter or block the shot. that left kobe often playing ‘matador defense’ where he’d let the opponent get by intentionally

      • gdub520 - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        i miscounted. forgot dirk has a ring and managed to not pay attention when looking at chris paul on the list. that’s still something like 12 rings for top 9 mentioned and 24 rings for bottom 9. not including melo in either category…

      • onlyavoice - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        The Scoring Title Was a Given By Durant.
        He Purposely Sat Out Because He Didn’t Want That Title, He Wanted The Big One.
        I Respected Him For That.
        As For Melo Going To The Lakers Is Not His Decision, But Rather Lala, His Wife.
        I Also Can’t See Lebron Or Melo Co-Existing With Kobe (If He Is Healthy), He’ll Thow It In Their Face Publicly That It’s His Team.
        Expext Kobe (If Healthy) To Be The Only Free Agent The Lakers Will Sign.

    • dirtydavis - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM


  4. rodge1 - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Phil will return when Kobe-the-Locker room- cancer retires.

    • kb2408 - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      You mean the locker room cancer that helped Phil surpass Red in titles? Didn’t Phil say he would’ve taken the LAKERS job last season had it been offered? I think Kobe was still on the roster. Dude, go somewhere with that “stuff”. Funny, the only clowns I hear label Kobe a cancer, bad teammate, bad leader, etc., are numbskulls on an online blog that have never spent a second around him. Obviously, you have nothing better to add to the discussion.

    • tdl8 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Spoken like a true moron! 5 rings, 2 gold medals, MVP, 2 Finals MVPs, and 15 All-Star games says different!

      • shanelsweet - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        It’s quite possible for Kobe to have done all of that and still wind up being a locker room cancer now. Things change. And, calling folks names only makes you look moronic.

  5. papichulo55 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Brooklyn starts 2-8, Phil comes back to NY.

    • shanelsweet - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Phil’s not an East Coast kind of guy anymore,

    • abchome - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Prokhorov would probably give Phil a blank check if that happened.

      • dirtydavis - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM


  6. seanb20124 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Buss looks good, she needs to be with someone age appropriate

    • longtallsam - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:28 AM

      She’s 51, which is a lot more age appropriate than what a lot of guys Phil’s age, with his money, go after.

      • onlyavoice - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Dam Good Looking For 51.
        Phil Is Doing Just Fine.

  7. shanelsweet - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    She looks to be about the right age for Phil to me.

  8. jabronikid - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I think she’s also convinced that they will never have a child. I can give you children Jeanie marry me please!

    • longtallsam - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:24 AM

      I seriously doubt she is wanting to have a child at 51 years old.

  9. ocgunslinger - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Jeanie is a doll. What’s Phil got that I don’t…..oh yeah many muliti-million reasons… :-)

  10. davidly - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    “It has to be the right situation.”
    So sayeth the Genie – 2013 C.E.

    All the teams know what that situation is: he has repeatedly requested a home-game coaching role in which he can groom his successor, who’d coach the away games.

    But teams think they can negotiate anyone away from their stated position, so it’s not a surprise that they would this is not the same. “We’ll throw more money at him,” might be an approach, for example. But he hasn’t bit. As a matter of fact, it seems clear that he has bowed out of each discussion as soon as he sensed they were not taking his core requirements seriously.

    I think it would be a great model for a team to follow, but I imagine it grates on the league’s tidy sense of aesthetics.

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