Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  8 responses

Jerry Buss in No Rush to Re-Sign Phil Jackson

Buss says negotiations with his highly-paid coach won’t begin until this summer. ESPN has the quotes: “Jerry Buss delivered some thoughts on the process and addressed recent reports of family tension regarding the re-signing of Jackson for next season. ‘If I were to go to him right now and said, ‘Phil, will you coach next year?’ He would say let’s wait until the end of the year and see how I feel,’ said Buss. ‘So, I don’t think it causes any tension, I just have to wait until then before a discussion begins [on a new contract].’ Both the coach and owner in recent years have re-evaluated Jackson’s contract after the season once the coach’s three-year contract expired in 2008. Jackson traditionally takes time away from Los Angeles after the playoffs and assesses his health at his Montana ranch. He is 64. Buss added: ‘I think from [the Lakers'] perspective we really want to get through the year, then take a deep breath and see where we are.”‘

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  • slamfan4life

    Nows your chance!!!! Jerry Reinsdorf!1

  • Sparty’s Law

    With the talent the Lakers have, they don’t need to be paying a coach 10mil/year to win games. I wouldn’t be surprised to seem them go with Byron Scott for a fraction of the price (and fraction of the talent). Plus Kobe has always said Scott was his mentor when he came into the league and the two maintain a good relationship. Especially if the Lakers win this year, I’d expect Phil to just walk away.

  • The Philosopher

    Phil Jackson is the greatest coach in NBA history.

  • jprisi

    Sparty’s Law: Oh yeah, the Lakers would be exactly the same, winning 65 games a year and 4 championships without PJX. That’s a seriously stupid comment. Phil is half the team. He controls Kobe, to an extent. Kobe wouldn’t be playing the way he is now without Phil. If he was gone the Kobester would be back to ballhogging and scoring 35 a game.

  • Justin

    The Lakers would not be nearly as good without Phil Jackson as their coach, using that offense. That triangle offense ensures the ball will be moved around and shared but it can also get Kobe into spots where he can make choices for himself or others, the way MJ did (although Kobe can’t do it as well obviously).

  • Los

    MJ never won without Phil and Kobe never won without Phil. Shaq did win one without Phil but he had Pat. You need that great coach in order to win.

  • The Philosopher

    Phil Jackson is entitled to whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Phil is royalty over there. Phil vindicated the Lakers in the Shaquille O’Neal quagmire by winning the title. Phil Jackson even vidicated Kobe.

  • The Philosopher

    The Lakers are doing their duty by accomodating him. He gives up his chair when he feels like it. Period. He is the greatest coach of them ALL. (excluding John Wooden)