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Phil Jackson reiterates he has no intention of coaching

Aug 17, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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Phil Jackson has gone on the record more than once saying he’s not going to return to coaching since being left at the altar by the Lakers near the beginning of last season.

It may or may not have anything to do with the level of desire Jackson still has to compete in that capacity. Rather, the toll that the travel grind of an 82-game season would take on his health has seemed to be at the forefront of his thoughts anytime the topic has been broached.

Jackson attended a class reunion this weekend in Williston, North Dakota, and spent some time with the local media there. And he reiterated once more that his coaching days are through.

From Mark Jones of the Williston Herald (via HoopsHype):

Williston High School graduate Phil Jackson was in town this weekend for his 50th high school class reunion as well as to speak at the Banquet of Champions for the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series.

During the press conference, Jackson made it clear he has no intentions of returning to coach.

“I have no intention of coaching,” he said. “I am still recovering from multiple surgeries.”

Jackson is currently experiencing back problems, which require him to use a walking cane.

Until and unless Jackson is able to get to the point where he’d be completely healthy enough to patrol the sidelines once more, whether or not he wants to coach again is a moot point.

Lakers fans can chant “we want Phil” all they want during times when their team struggles next season, but it simply isn’t going to happen. Now, could it happen the following season, with current assistant coach Kurt Rambis easing the transition or perhaps even sharing the head coaching duties with Jackson so he wouldn’t have to travel as much?

Of course. And LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony could be on the squad by then, too. It just isn’t the most likely of scenarios.

Jeanie Buss, who has an ownership stake in the Lakers and is also Jackson’s fiancee, believes Jackson isn’t done coaching for good. One never knows what the future may hold, but at this point, it appears to be a long shot at best.

  1. money2long - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    yeah phil, and i have no “intention” of taking a dump right now. that doesn’t mean i won’t in the future. until you come out and say you won’t ever coach again, expect to keep hearing the chants and rumors and connections from people who think you will coach again. one of those people being your lady for one.

    • Anoesis - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      I bet if someone offered you $20 million you could hold that crap in for a month. Phil’s intentions would certainly change if someone met his demands, which include a boatload of money to coach only home games.

      • badintent - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:34 AM

        Can we can ask Kobyaski if he could hold his dump after eating 65 hotdogs in 10 minutes ?

  2. jacobknicks - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    The more Phil reiterates, the less I believe

  3. 32magicman - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    He’s just waiting for the coveted bobcats position to become available.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Unfortunately for Phil, Spoelstra already has the Miami gig. There’s no other job around where Phil can parachute in and gravy-train his way to a few more titles on the backs of super-star combos.

      I’ll bet he’ll be singing a different tune next off-season if the Lakers somehow manage to nab Lebron and Carmello in free agency.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    People. Lebron is NOT going to LA. Do you really think he would help Kobe get 6? It is one thing to help DWade get one more than Lebron, but no reasonable person thinks DWade is better historically than Lebron. Kobe being better historically is debatable, however.

    • casualcommenter - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Or maybe the idea of joining Steve Nash (who began falling apart 5 minutes after leaving the Phoenix Suns’ great training staff), Pau Gasol (who struggled with foot and knee issues, which is never a good omen for big-men), and Kobe Bryant (who suffered a potentially devastating Achilles injury last year) wouldn’t be appealing for any star, particularly one who is already on a two-time Championship-winning team?

      • Anoesis - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        Yeah, that Phoenix staff was so good they could have prevented Steve from breaking his leg at the start of last season. Too bad what’s-his-name from Orlando couldn’t have gone to the Suns instead. That staff could have had him recovered from back surgery in about, what, 20 minutes?

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        Actually, Anoesis… i think they are that good. I read an article about how they work with players on changing their habits to avoid injury. They actually study the players movements and determine where they might incur injury and then train the player to operate in a safer manner. It’s especially useful when a player is nursing a hurt muscle or joint because that’s when they’re most likely to behave differently and injure something else.

  5. dashad5432 - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    So he’s healthy enough to represent KFC but not healthy enough to coach basketball???

  6. d2o2s6r6 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s not a Phil Jackson fan.

    • ronocca - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      Why would you say that? It’s sort of like admitting you don’t have a clue about basketball.

  7. noahbird - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    The Brett Favre of coaching.

  8. gaz0425 - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Drama queen Phil will coach again. He craves the attention too much.

  9. Anoesis - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Jackson was on the record saying he was done with coaching BEFORE everyone thought that the Lakers were going to hire him for a third stint.

    Jackson only wanted to coach half a season (home games only) as well as have a front office position. It may still come to pass, though I wouldn’t hold my breath that Jim Buss is astute enough to rein in his ego and admit a mistake.

    At this stage of his career Jackson is likely looking for the right front office position, preferably in charge of basketball operations (the title Jim Buss now holds). With Mitch Kupchak as the GM, I don’t see the Lakers having a position that Phil would want. If Jackson gets hired as an executive it probably will be with a team other than the Lakers.

  10. metalhead65 - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    he has no intention of coaching again unless another team with 2 or more superstars decide to offer him a boatload of money. there is no way he will take the challenge of actually making a losing team a winner. if he wants cement his legacy then take over the raptors or bobcats and make them winners. if he did that then even I would have to admit he was a great coach instead of a lucky one.

  11. antistratfordian - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Give him ownership in a team with full GM control and he’ll be back on the bench.

  12. im2gr84u2h8on - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Yeah…Yeah…All of you reading this each and every one of you stfu!

  13. coolhand1957 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    It only a Matter of time before Mr. Phil Jackson buy a Team. He does not have a Owner Ring !

  14. unsportsmenmic - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    We know if The King and Melo go to LA Philly Jack is coming back

    • topdawg4ever - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Which will be NEVER.

  15. dezglobal - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    He should just be the GM of the lakers like Pat is in Miami.

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