Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  19 responses

Phil Jackson Couldn’t See Himself Working for Mark Cuban

by Marcel Mutoni

Phil Jackson has hinted time and again that his stay on the coaching sidelines is close to an end. After next season, Jackson insists that he’ll hang ‘em up, so to speak.

If an NBA owner is able to convince him to return to coaching, though, it certainly won’t be Mark Cuban. According to Phil, Cuban (whose Mavs were in town to play the Lakers yesterday) makes the workplace too stressful a place.

From the Press-Entreprise:

“I don’t think I could work under those conditions. I just don’t,” Jackson said. Then turning to the assembled reporters, he added, “You guys are bad enough.”

Jackson said he imagines it’s a tough transition for players as well. “I think it’s something they have to definitely get used to,” Jackson said. “He’s going to be a rooter, a supporter and probably critique it too. It’s very difficult for players to get used to, but once they’re in the mix, I think they get thick skin and they’re OK.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the vacancy when Rick Carlisle inevitably gets the boot.

Then again, when you’ve grown accustomed to receiving checks from a man like Jerry Buss, it’s kind of hard to imagine working for anyone else.

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  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham


  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Jerry Buss looks like Ben Stiller’s dad

  • Fred34

    What? His Zen powers would be stymied against Cubes? Say it isn’t so!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Cuban doesn’t have any daughters for Phil to date.

  • jay

    jerry Buss is a P.I.M.P.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I don’t think Cuban would hire Phil Jackson for many of the same reasons.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Phil is a master of the veiled cheap shot.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    Yes Z, the veiled cheap shots are also known as “Phillies”. He trademarked them and everything.

  • http://apeachbasketandadream.wordpress.com/ Peach B.

    I have to agree with him. The Mavs organization is strange. How is it that the face of your franchise is your owner? Seriously. I am all for Cuban being vocal but he should sit his ass down. The fact that he’s speaking out like he is (all the time) shows that he has no faith in his coaching staff to motivate his players.

  • Jackie Moon

    You know how you have a Yahoo! Fantasy Team, and you make trades and waivers, and talk trash to the other owners? Mark Cuban’s fantasy team is the Dallas Mavericks, and his fantasy league is the NBA.

  • donlaker

    as i always say cuban wont be happay till he is coach, it is funny how he used to sit in the sky box, then close to the court, then under the basket,now he is in the coach’s second row, no wonder avery told him to shut up, don nelson did also.
    coach cuban your team is a 1st round exit waiting to happen

  • bulldog

    Joaquin Phoenix aka Commodus should never have fired Avery – now he is really exposed as the little emperor who couldn’t. At least his rap career is skyrocketing.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    A rooter?

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    I think phil and cuban togeather will win. Cubans annoyance and phils coolhead along with the great old roster they have will dominate… (Scarcasm)

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Jerry Buss… somehow reminds me of Frank Costanza.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre


  • chintao

    Egomaniacs usually are incapable of working with their own kind. Why fight for the front page?

  • nate james

    avery johnson is a bad@s5

  • http://aol.com Jonesy McFly

    Ben Stillers dad is ” Frank Constanza” from seinfield