Noah says he sees through the Zen smokescreen, and that he respects Phil’s hustle to get more of that paper from Jerry Buss’ coffers. Chicago Breaking Sports has the quotes: “Unless the Bulls, ahem, make the NBA Finals, Friday night could be Phil Jackson’s final trip to the United Center. Jackson has strongly hinted that this season will be his last with the Lakers, although Joakim Noah playfully enjoyed discussing that topic after Thursday’s practice at the Berto Center. ‘I feel like he says that a lot,’ Noah said, smiling. ‘Every year, he’s always saying he’s going to retire. For some reason, he always comes back. I think it’s a smart thing to try to get his contract. He’s smart with that kind of stuff. You never know.’”