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Phil Jackson Says ‘I Have No Intentions Of Returning To Coach’

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Phil Jackson1When the Lakers decided to part ways with Mike Brown last season, they were in the verge of bringing back Phil Jackson for a third term in Los Angeles. However, the organization decided to go with Mike D’Antoni in the 11th hour.

The team struggled with D’Antoni taking the reigns — and likely would have struggled no matter who was brought in — and was met with “We Want Phil” chants for much of the season. Despite Lakers fans wanting Phil to return, they likely won’t ever get their wish, according to the Williston Herald.

On Friday afternoon, Jackson met with area media members to discuss a wide range of topics.

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 was in North Dakota to attend his 50th high school reunion and to speak at the banquet for the 13-year-old Babe Ruth Championship.

Jackson has said several times that this he has no intention on returning to coach in any capacity, but this latest quote comes on the heels of his fiancé Jeanie Buss saying that she doesn’t think that we’ve seen Jackson coach his last game.

While it’s impossible to predict the future (we thought Jackson was done coaching before he came back to win two more titles with the Lakers), but at this point, it looks like the Lakers — or any team for that matter — will see Jackson on the sidelines in the future.

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  • Zimmeredge

    first, he’s only interested in coaching the Lakers. They have a “transition” coach right now. so he doesn’t want to put pressure on him. great move from him.
    second, he doesn’t want to work now as he knows that the roster isn’t able to win the title.

    • Eddie Lazaro

      You got that right my friend. Phil will never coach a mediocre team. He will never coach a bunch of college students in the NBA either. His idea of coaching is having a roaster with dominant superstars ready to take them to Championships, not grooming drafts. He even made a comment about not wanting the likes of Kobe being a high schooler.

      • 3339

        dude, Phil came back to coach us in 05-06 when we were an average team. remember smush parker and kwame brown?

        • Eddie Lazaro

          A team with a payroll of almost $75m, the highest in the NBA at that time is mediocre? He (Phil) put Smush as the starter then and had his best performance in his entire NBA career was with the Lakers, but bad publicity of him and Kobe did that. That was also when Kobe almost quit after having a 3-1 advantage over the Suns but was eliminated, asking to be traded. He and Dr Buss iron out his gripe by the end of the season, telling him to be patience, where they brought Gasol a year later. Almost making the second round is an average team?

          In going for his 4th consecutive, Phil orchestrated to include Malone & Payton in the 2003-04 roster, but the idea backfired, putting team in disaray, eventual trading Fox & Payton to Boston (Fox refused, retiring instead) for Mihm, Atkins and Banks. Letting go of Horry (to Spurs), Shaw and Harper to their retirements. All of these had a domino effect until Gasol came in in 2007. The things that Phil has done since he started coaching the Lakers are still having financial effect on where the Lakers (same with Chicago then) are now with the new CBA agreement. We are proud of the Lakers accomplishments, thanks to him. But he is no saint pitting the rift bet Shaq & Malone against Kobe with his mental manipulation, which he also did with Chicago, Text winter and others who had helped him with his accomplishments. Let us go of this Phil coaching idea. It’s over, he is now working in wooing (Jeannie) the Lakers to give him an ownership share, in which Dr. Buss has denied in multiple occasions.

          • 3339

            Alright….well all I was saying was that phil did return to a team that missed the playoffs and helped rebuild it.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            Yes he did, and won a couple more championships, but the long term payback is still being felt right now with the new CBA rules..and that’s what I am trying to say

    • Jim213

      LN doesn’t let you or doesn’t like links posted to comments though you can edit your last post.

      • Zimmeredge

        i didn’t post any links dude?

        • Jim213

          your comment that talks about Westbrook being a free agent in 2017 shows that it needs to be modified… my bad thought it was link though the “free agent in” comes up purple?

          • Zimmeredge

            no no i didn’t post any link. but because there are many last name in my comment.

    • hookedonnews

      Dude, the man has said he’s not physically able to coach anymore and that he has no interest in ever coaching again. He is certainly not concerned about undermining D’Antoni, judging from his remarks during the season. He’s through coaching. Period.

  • ra

    Unless a player like Kobe, LeBron, DH, comes into the league (for whichever team), he won’t be coaching (NBA) in the near future.

    News flash: There won’t be any player like Kobe, LeBron, or DH coming into the league any time soon. The ‘bigs’ are becoming a thing of the past, and the type of players coming out now are more toward ‘small ball’. Hibbert, Bynum, and DH may be the last of the great bigs (if you consider them great),

    I know, … never say ‘never’, but LeBron, Kobe, DWade and even Melo (to some degree) are a rare breed of basketball champion. It’s hard to get better than that, and PJ isn’t interested in schooling a ‘team’. He wants ‘big ticket’ players. Those days seem to be going by (at least for a cycle). We may need to wait a while before the cycle is over. Will Phil be ready in 5+ years to return to coaching?

    • Paytc

      ra,
      I think you are right! Phil Jackson is the master at recognizing a great situation.He likes to align himself with the top superstars like MJ and Kobe.

      I would love to see PJ build a championship team from the ground up without one of the all time greats. I don’t think we will ever see him take on a task like that.But there are teams on the bubble like Indiana,Golden State,Clippers,Denver,Chicago,Memphis,and OKC.But most of those teams have good coaches already in place.
      The guy already has 11 rings and Jeanie Buss,he doesn’t need to coach :) .

      • Eddie Lazaro

        He3 does not need to coach, HE WANTS TO BE PART OWNER OF THE LAKERS

        • Paytc

          TRUE!
          That is why the fans need to move on from the thought of Phil Jackson coaching the Lakers.It’s not very likely to happen.Let’s rally behind the collection of new and old players we have now.And give this coaching staff another full year to see how we compete.Winning cures all ills!

          Go Lakers!

          • Eddie Lazaro

            I hate the situations we are in and never a fan of MDA, but I have to embrace him since he is not going anywhere. Also, we can not put all the blame on him for what happened last year. We have regrouped with these young, athletic additions and let’s just support them and all it’s personnel, give the FO and coaching staff a chance to make things better, after all, we are on the same team.

    • Daryl Peek

      Monroe, Drummond and Cousins will carry the big man torch. There’s also a 7’1″ kid going to Kentucky this year. He played on the Jamaican international team for coach Cal, against the U.S. in the summer games last year. He was only 16 at the time. He graduated early, I forgot his name.

      • ra

        Yes, that’s good. But it’s not looking good for bigs lately. Bynum (knees), Oden (legs), DH (back), Yao (ankles); They may be very tall men, but they don’t hang in the NBA as well as the old days (Kareem, Wilt, Olajuwon, etc.).

        Anyway PJ’s credo used to be that bigs run the league, but it’s been going smaller lately (now of course, all these guys are already bigger men than average people, but you know — smaller than say, 6’8′ or thereabouts). Shooters are more accurate now, rules protect guys running in the paint more (like Tony Parker), etc. etc.

        But, do you think that these bigs you mentioned are just ‘normal’ bigs, or are they in the realm of ‘exceptional players’?

        • Daryl Peek

          All exceptional. Monroe, Drummond and Cousins are traditional beast! Cousins will challenge Hibbert if he can get his mind/attitude right. The college Kid is a 7’1″ big with range and exceptional ball handling skills.. His game reminds me of Spencer Hawes, who’s another young 7 footer who will make noise going forward.

          • ra

            Do you think that PJ would orchestrate an offense around any of these bigs (the ones you mentioned)?

          • Daryl Peek

            No. Phil is not the big man groomer you’re making him out to be. Remember Tex’s triangle he ran had no dominant center in Chicago. MJ, Pippen & Kobe have always been the de-facto PG’s in that system. Five years from now without a prime Kobe, I can’t see him having any kind of success.

            His goal was to coach Kobe and Howard for a year or two, then ascend into a FO position letting one of his former assistants like B.Shaw take over.

            Dr. Buss and Jimmy weren’t down with that.

          • Daryl Peek

            Contrary to popular belief Phil ran small ball more than most realize. The length was always 1-4 and were often interchangeable. Phil loved big guards that could defend taller SG’s/SF’s, and mobile PF’s that could defend the wings.

            B. Shaw, Ron Harper, Rick Fox, Horry, Devean George, Glen Rice, Ariza, Sasha, Metta & LO.

            Shaq never ran twin towers, and Phil never found the perfect harmony with Bynum and Gasol on the floor at the same time. I still remember Samaki Walker 6’9″ and Horry 6’9″ manning the 4-5 during the 01-02 championship season.

          • ra

            Ah, but the offense ran through Shaq during the Shaq / Kobe years. And, c’mon, Phil ALWAYS talked about ‘bigger is better’ — never advocated small ball.

          • Daryl Peek

            He may not have advocated small ball but he never ran twin towers. Kobe was the PG in the Shaq era. Phil wanted desperately for Kobe to be more Pippen. Craig Hodges was quoted saying Kobe could and should be a PG, and he would be great at it. like Shaq was the offensive anchor in the post. When you go back and watch both the Bulls and the Lakers you see the interchangeable dynamic I’m talking about.

            Keep in mind Phil wanted to trade Kobe for Shawn Marion and Jason Kidd back in 99/2000.

          • ra

            Right, Kobe was the ’2nd’ to Shaq’s ’1st’ — big man in the post. Phil didn’t run the team like Kobe as SG (like MJ), Shaq was the principal scorer back then. And more recently, Phil made comments about a team of ‘bigs’ being more championship bound than a team of smalls.

            That’s why he considered coming back for DH. Sure he liked Mike, but the Triangle, although meant to diminish the role of the PG, was meant to ultimately feature one predominant player — MJ, Shaq, Kobe … and then it would eventually feature DH (after Kobe retires).

            Bulls didn’t have a big like Shaq. Phil both played with bigs, and ‘was’ a big on the Knicks (back in the 70s, remember? Played against Kareem, Wilt, etc.)

            If Phil were to even consider coming back, esp. if he were to consider the Triangle, there’s nobody (and no team) that would really be able to handle that. Also, Tex Winter is mostly ‘out of the basketball business’. He was an official consultant for Phil. He was there at many (if not most) practices back in the day. He would not be there for Phil in the future, and recall in the last Lakers championship run, TW was mostly ill and out of the picture. So, Phil was left of his own devices, coaching without his consultant buddy to help out.

            Heck, the Lakers of last year couldn’t even handle the Princeton offense (as close to Triangle as one can get).

            Phil is ‘not’ a small ball coach. He would not work with a team like Golden State, but that’s ok. He had many great years, and yes, he could somehow consult for the Lakers until the end of time if he wanted.

          • Daryl Peek

            I 100% disagree with you on Phil not working in GS. That team is almost the mirror image of the Bulls minus MJ. Curry is not a pass first PG. 2-4 are very interchangeable. David Lee could rotate at the center position with Bogut. Phil often times let the team free flow out of the triangle.

            Agreed on D12, and Phil coaching the Lakers. Phil was intrigued with coaching Howard. When I speak on moving past the triangle era, it’s not the on the court system I’m talking about so much. It’s more of the “Mind Games” inner workings. Phil’s too much of a manipulator and wears on players and the organization over time. He’s admitted this about himself. Maybe this is a new challenge for him going forward? Who knows, he could prove me wrong. I’m just going off all I’ve seen of him in really bad relations as a subordinate with both the Bulls and the Lakers.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            Cousin just needs a strong tutoring of a MAN who can challenge his mindset and guide him to better concentrate on his game. His skills for a big man is phenomenal and his range will even be greater given a necessary guidance and tutelage. He is very strong and has a potential of being a leader.

        • Jim213

          Given the Heat’s success and the league being a copy cat league many believe or observe that teams are focusing more on small ball as of late and let’s not forget what Dumbtoni said in wanting Hill to work on his shooting.

          Thus he’ll likely implement the the stretch 4 somewhat though we really lack in the forward position to implement this but NY and Kobe can help to implement this scenario if Dumbtoni is looking to implement it next season.

    • Lakers4Life

      Exacty! Can’t wait for that upcoming day when Phil will kick Dumbtoni and his pringles out of the Lakers organization!

      • Daryl Peek

        What makes you think Phil will be coaching in 5 years? He’ll be well into his 70′s. He’s fighting health issues now, no way he wants the 82 game grind 5 years from now! And Dr. Buss mandated no Phil in the Lakers FO/ownership role. So he’s not kicking anyone out.

    • Jim213

      Can’t forget the next big thing with Kevin Durant, who has that clutch play like KB24 and MJ though he requires more growth to be more consistent. In a few years time he’ll be the best player in the league. Although, Phil has another short run but only if it’s the right situation.

  • Daryl Peek

    I just want Laker fans to move on… we want Phil is interfering with the cohesion of the organization.

    • Paytc

      I agree!
      Not to mention the Lakers won championships before Phil Jackson came, so it can be done without him.He is taking care of his health,and enjoying his relationship/life with Jeanie Buss.
      Let’s get back to focusing on the business at hand(winning championships)!

      • Eddie Lazaro

        Since Dr Buss is gone, he is back on his old mission, He is now wooing the Lakers (Jeannie) to have an ownership share.

        • Paytc

          That does appear to be the case.

          • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

            It is hard to say if his motivations have change, but that has been his agenda ever since and Dr Buss even said “NO”

    • Eddie Lazaro

      I would like for the Lakers to go back to the old system West did in grooming drafts and making superstars out of them. More loyal and dependable players and not just doing stop over in LA. It is also financially affordable since the draft salary is about 75%less than a FA all the way to their 5th year. Phil does not have a keen eye for young talent as West does, and is never a fan of grooming young drafts that’s why we keep on trading ours since he came in. He loves to have his roster thru trades and FA, relying on more experienced player even if it is too costly. That is the whole reason why we can not afford the new CBA. People only see the Championships, but not the long term effects. They are not aware that he is the one who got us into these financial mess.

      • Jim213

        Agree, though given the new CBA blah blah, the franchise will be forced to draft players more so than before though they can get traded per CBA after the player has been selected and not before the draft. This will hopefully help management to focus more on acquiring young solid depth instead of giving them away like Twinkies.

        • Eddie Lazaro

          Yes, and prevent what they did in Miami, getting the big 3 to play for bargain. That was a genius move by Pat Riley, but not fair to the rest of the league having Wade and Lebron for the price of second fiddler.

    • Jim213

      Daryl,

      Can’t blame fans for wanting Phil, especially since management has to be the ones to sell the future which they haven’t sold anyone mostly given this past year’s decisions. Although I’m looking forward, next season may likely determine if the chants cease or intensify.

  • Lakers4Life

    If this is true he wouldn’t even had met with Mitch after Mike Brown was fired. It’s only a matter of time until our Phil returns to Lakers Nation! We want Phil~~~!!!

    • hookedonnews

      You need to start listening to what Phil Jackson is saying. Maybe he thought he could coach last October, but if the reports were true he didn’t want to have to travel to road games. He said several months ago that he is physically unable to coach. It’s not a matter of wanting to do it. Even if he wanted to (and he doesn’t), he’s not physically up to it anymore. No one coaches forever, and there’s no reason to believe that the Lakers have to have Phil Jackson to win another championship. Phil is a major part of Lakers history, but he’s not going to be their future coach. Time to accept that and move on.

      • killer63

        Jeanie says he’s feeling much better and is almost 100%. Further, Phil said that he was going to bring on two coaches who he would mentor to be head coaches one day, with them taking over certain games. In today’s technological world, he could always communicate to those coaches via ipad even if he were to stay home for coast-to-coast games.
        (and 3339 below is correct)
        Further, LakersBuss (below) Phil is not old, let alone sick. He’s only 67, born only four years before Greg Popovich, who is still very much capable of coaching. Everyone over 30 is not old!

        • Eddie Lazaro

          If not because of Jeannie, Phil will in no way be close to the Lakers again. His agenda now is WOOING her so he can have that ownership share that he has been desiring for years, was turned down by DR Buss over and over. I will not be surprised if he will try to manipulate Jeannie on getting over her brother Jim as the HEAD of the Lakers to accomplish his intentions. As he did before and broke the Doctors heart seeing his daughter side with him. Wonder why the Doctor put Jim instead of Jeannie who knows more and adored by fans and the entire NBA. He is not to coach again, that’s over. He is in for a bigger fish now, it is not just coaching, and that’s the LAKERS.

        • hookedonnews

          You’re taking her comments out of context. He may be over the prostate cancer, but that doesn’t mean that all his issues have disappeared. I didn’t say he was sick or old. I said that he said he’s not able to do the job anymore. That’s what HE said. Greg Popovich has not had the health issues that Phil Jackson has had. I’m just telling you what the man himself said. He has repeatedly said he’s not interested in coaching. He wants a front office job. No one wants a head coach who sits at home and coaches via iPad. I don’t know why you cannot take the man at his word. Sitting around pining for Phil Jackson is counter-productive. Some people seem to believe that all he has to do is show up and a championship is going to miraculously appear. His last season in LA wasn’t great. Trying to undermine the current coach is not going to help the team.

  • Jim213

    What I make out is that he has no intention of coming back any time soon but who’s to say a year or two from now (when healthy) that he wouldn’t return (though given the right circumstance). Although, I believe that he has one more run (2-4) yrs in him before he seriously ends his coaching career.

    But it’ll only happen if the right situation comes along assuring him an NBA Finals date. However, this also doesn’t necessarily correspond to the Lakers too as if Lebron decided to join the Knicks and Phil being a former Knickerbocker he may consider this opportunity (being that he took so much away from the Knicks during the Bulls era). Knickerbocker fans believing that Phil owes them?

    • Zimmeredge

      Phil Jackson will never coach another franchise. He said it many times during this season. “I’ll never coach again…blablabla… but… if it’s the lakers then why not”.

      • Jim213

        Yes, but if LJ joins the Knicks he may likely rethink this to grow his legacy though he mentioned the blah blah blah,,, Only the right situation that guarantees him instant success.

        • Zimmeredge

          he has a shot at Brooklyn aka one of the most promising in the east.

          • Jim213

            Don’t know especially since the Big 3 are in Miami though it’s the Big 1 (LJ).

          • Zimmeredge

            Williams, Johnson, Lopez is a big three and now they Pierce and Garnett. this team will beat the Heat.
            Yeah the Heat is the title contender next season but i think that the Bulls, the Nets and the Pacers are better team to win the title. The Knicks are good too but pretty dependable of their outside %

          • Jim213

            Given recent history and the similarity this past decade between Heat and Lakers I don’t think they’ll three peat so it’s possible. I had the Heat/Nets/ and Bulls as top 3 too.

  • LakersBuss

    Just by reading that i know what i already knew long ago,Phil Jackson is done coaching.Phil is sick and old he has no intentions on ever coaching in the NBA again.I don’t care if Phil has 11 championships as a coach,he is done.

    Phil is a all time great coach but he is not coming back as Lakers head coach.Mike D’Antoni is going to be the Lakers head coach for a few more years.Ultimately most fans will move on from Phil Jackson.We must focus on the team and coach we have,Phil is the past.

  • 3339

    If the Lakers hired Brian Shaw, people would not be calling for Phil to return. Lakers simply blew it.

  • LAL918

    For those who want Phil Jackson back, sure he has the greatest basketball mind alongside Riley; the difference between him and Riley was that he had patience with Magic back in the showtime era, when he was drafted out of Michigan. Phil doesn’t have the patience with young college talent and doesn’t want to build through them so you all clearly know he’s TRYING to reject that idea. I know the Lakers’ traditions as of late is to get players through trades and signing a superstar or two but in this new era where the big markets teams are forced to build their players throughout the draft…looks like the Lakers will have to follow suit with all of this and see if they’ll find a good player through next year’s draft as well as the 2016 draft.

    If Phil would’ve been part owner, he would have challenged both Jim AND Jeanie to change the direction of this franchise and not build through the draft as an example. Phil would be making his first, colossal mistake should he have been given part ownership.

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