Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  28 responses

Phil Jackson: Looking for Part-Time Work

by Marcel Mutoni

Health permitting, Phil Jackson will be back on the Laker bench next season, as L.A. begins its title defense. The Zen Master may just not be there all the time.

Phil told a radio station that he might skip some road games in the ’10 season, and have his trustee assistant coach Kurt Rambis handle coaching duties in hostile environments. Rambis, who recently interviewed for head coaching gigs elsewhere, likes the sound of the idea.

From the LA Times:

Jackson has had two hip-replacement surgeries, an angioplasty and gout during his two stints coaching the Lakers. Rambis said the idea is to keep Jackson healthy for the long run and physically fit so the Lakers have a better chance at defending the championship they just won.

“Everybody benefits,” Rambis said. “Phil remains fresh without having the season and the travel wear him down. It gives me valuable coaching experience. What the future holds beyond Phil, I don’t know. But this keeps continuity of what we’re doing, what we do defensively and offensively.”

This would certainly be an interesting little experiment for Jackson and the team. He could presumably get his health in order during the season, while still earning every penny from his $12mil/yr contract.

Nice work, if you can get it.

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Phil should become a Wal-Mart greater. But i am sure Laker fans like this idea, and thats all that matters…

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Wal Mart greeters need good hips

  • jumpman3224

    Zo is going to have a field day with this

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    phil is hoping kobe and pau can carry him to another ring

  • Prison Mike

    This is becoming very popular among the older members of the NBA. Shaq, T-Mac, now Phil. I wonder if this will continue and we see players play until they are 45.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    BETCATS has a good point – Phil is getting to be in the Wal-Mart greeter age range!

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!


  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    Would Rambis get to sit in Phil’s throne when he isn’t there?

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    I mean Phil’s seat on the bench does look really comfortable.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    If Buss and Phil are cool with it. Why not?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    man, I can imagine why Phil would consider this. Have you seen this man walk? Last week on Conan, I wasn’t sure if he would made it to the couch! Anyway, Jackson should do what he thinks is best. He’s smart enough to make these kind of decisions.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    How long before this is just Weekend at Bernie’s 5 or something.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS


  • http://Egotastic.com Michael

    Breaking News: IN News COnference Mithc Cupchak say’s Phil will coach all games or no games.

  • LB

    I can see the similarities between Phil Jackson and Kurt Rambis. Both guys were hustle players for title-winning teams. Hopefully Kurt picked up more stuff from the Zen Master than ganja.

  • C-money$$$

    BETCATS, you for real?

  • http://slamonline.com John D

    Trustee? Really?

  • Jacob

    BETCATS isnt joking that deal is really going to happen/happened either way Jamal Crawford is going to Atlanta

  • jose

    Off topic: Shaq 2 Cleveland.ITS OFFICIAL!

  • ben njie

    this will never work

  • chintao

    Fphil hardly coaches as it is. This guy is straight stealing money.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    He should just sit out the second night of back-to-backs instead.

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    Phil coaches mostly in training, less in games. Don’t get the idea that you need to yell, scream, curse and stampede the sidelines in order to be a good coach. But if his parttime job gets them a 41-41 record (41 wins at home, 41 losses on the road) would you believe that statement?

  • GeT On ThE LeVeL

    Phil Jaax dnt need to coach he’s a God…jus polish those rings zen master nd flourish in ur greatness!

  • JLP

    Lots of people are critical of Jackson, for letting Kobe do some coaching during games. But isn’t that wat ultimate coaching is? Too many coaches (SVG) are only shouting from the sidelines. Phil is empowering!

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Kobe thinks he’s the coach anyway so Phil sitting out isn’t going to make much of a difference… unless Rambis completely screws up somehow.

  • rob

    phil jackson isnt as good a coach as everyone thinks! ooh my hip hurts! wht a wimp. he’s lucky the 2 best players in the last 2 decades have landed in his lap eg; kobe, mj. this is why greg pop is the best coach in the league today

  • chintao

    ^Rob might be right.