Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at 12:25 pm  |  42 responses

Report: ‘Strong’ Chance Phil Jackson Returns To Lakers

by Ryne Nelson / @slaman10

Phil Jackson to the Lakers could happen.

The Lakers have officially contacted the Zen Master, and “he’s interested in working for them again,” according to the L.A. Times. Dwight Howard reportedly wants Jackson and Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and others spoke highly of him at the Lakers blowout victory last night.

According to CSNBayArea.com, there’s a “strong” chance Jackson would return to the Lakers’ sidelines, if Jim Buss gives up power:

There is a scenario in which former Lakers coach Phil Jackson would consider returning for a third stint with the team, sources said late Friday, but it will require executive VP Jim Buss once again relinquishing the organizational reins – and this time handing them to Jackson, rather than back to GM Mitch Kupchak.

One source described the possibility of Jackson returning, should a suitable offer be made, as “strong.”

Mike D’Antoni, Jerry Sloan, Nate McMillan and Brian Shaw are possible replacements, but the signs are pointing more and more toward the Triangle Offense returning to L.A.

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  • Waggle

    Reinstating the triangle would be fine… If they didn’t sign Steve Nash in the offseason. Taking the ball out of Nash,s hands is a waste. I’d sooner see Sloan take a kick at this team than Phil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I think the difference is that Phil will change things up based on his roster. For example, when the Lakers received Pau, Jackson incorporated a lot of p&rs with Gasol and Kobe from the top of the key. Brown’s downfall was that he never utilized his strengths and played Nash in a box, Gasol near the 3 line (Phil always used him in the post), etc. I have no doubt Phil will give some reign to Nash, atleast more so than that idiot Brown. God, he was a horrible coach. Cavs fan circa 2008, you were right.

  • macaroni

    If he does take the job. I can’t wait to see what the outcome will be. I’m pretty sure they will still lose in WC finals. (If they get there)

  • MasterSplinter

    Yeah because Sloan has 11 rings less than Phil…. like Kobe said in his interview…”obviously Phil”… Sloan before Jackson? Your crazy. Sloan had possibly two of the best players in their position EVER for their whole career and couldn’t win anything.

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  • 1982

    Last night they were chanting We Want Phil in LA, the campaign is in full swing

  • Yesse

    Yeah, a one season comeback.

    Make it happen! One more ring, Phil.

  • MightyMouse

    Pretty sure Phil Jackson’s new contract is going to allow him to sit out during rebuilding seasons and once they’ve established a solid 5, he’ll step in. And for some reason that doesn’t sound completely ridiculous with Phil Jackson

  • justin05

    So does this mean Jackson wants to be the Lakers GM and coach or just GM? I didn’t know one person could handle both of those jobs but Phil must know something about the inner-workings of this organization that we don’t.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Ever heard of a guy named Michael Jordan? Yeah, he was the main reason a lot of great players in the 90s didn’t win anything.

  • justin05

    Is it possible to trade Nash and maybe Gasol for other equity? Just a thought if there isn’t noticeable improvement in the Lakers after a new coach is hired. Jackson is the best coach on the market for the Lakers, period. If he decides to come back then the triangle offense will not be used everytime. Look how many Iso’s Kobe has gotten in the past anyway..

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshedward.e Josh Elam

    Hire the most expensive coaching staff of all time: head coach Phil Jackson and Assistant Mike D’Antoni. Seriously.

  • bigA

    Let’s get the triangle and Phil!!!

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  • BossTerry

    Kinda reminds me of that buddy (that we all had growing up) who has a crazy, psycho girlfriend. They fight like cats and dogs and always “leaving” each other, everybody hates her, but in the end, they have been together longer than anyone else you know, and make each other happy.

  • Sean B

    @Josh Elam Phil Jackson would never, ever let Mike D’Antoni coach alongside him. They hate each other (although it was intriguing idea). And for those who say Phil only won because of his great players…are you kidding me? Maybe you would have an argument if he only did it once or twice. But three threepeats and a back-to-back aren’t just because he had great players, it’s because he can coach and blend egos better than anyone.

  • roscoe

    pjax just signed.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    damn man.. long time philly Jax fan. hope this dude comes back and shows up the world. forget bout the lakers, this is about phil

  • roscoe

    idk after watching this video i think they could work together. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-p_PudYj38

  • Matt

    I don’t get this misconception that Nash cannot play well in the Triangle. Not only that, but I also do not understand why so many think that Nash will not just run spread PNRs w/o going into the Triangle in the first place. Furthermore, he will excel in running the high post sets.

    Yes, he hasn’t seen many PNRs so far, but it seems more like a mental rather than physical problem. There have been plenty of opportunities where Nash could have been aggressive in the PNR, yet he usually opts to just swing the ball w/o turning the corner.

    Not only this, but looking at the Princeton offense, the Lakers players got terrific shots. The offense may have been overbearing at times, but the offense overall was going to only get better as time went on. The Princeton, another read-and-react offense like the Triangle, has numerous options similar to options in the Triangle. Both are high-level offenses and the Lakers starting five has shown that it will run even newly instated offenses well.

  • RunNGun

    Forget the Zen Master. Get the Pringles man to bring that RunNgun to the Lake Show, make it happen Buss!

  • Ugh

    Oh look, someone showing knowledge of basketball. Good to see.

  • Waggle

    I never said that Nash couldn’t play well in the Triangle. He is one of the best shooters of all time, so of course he would hit the open shots the Triangle would provide. But would that be using him to his full capacity? Steve Nash is a very different player than, say, John Paxson, Steve Kerr, or Derek Fisher. His creation off the dribble and P&R could in a lot of senses be overlooked with an offense designed to create with movement and passing as opposed to breaking down the defense off the dribble. I just think with athletic bigs like Gasol and Howard and a guard like Kobe, Nash could still play “his” game and make everyone’s life easier.
    That being said, if they would up the tempo and push the ball off of missed baskets and let Nash create his way early but use the triangle in the halfcourt, that would be unreal.

  • Matt

    It’s a misconception that the Triangle relegates the point guard to a mere shooter. I specifically mentioned the high post sets because of the numerous options that Nash would have. However, the Triangle isn’t limited to that.
    I could (but don’t want to) go on and on about the options in the Triangle, so I’ll just leave you some links if you wish to read more. Of course, I do agree that it would be much simpler to let Nash “do his thing” and probe the defense on every possible possession early in the clock. And my fault for putting words in your mouth earlier.


  • robb

    I hope Jimmy boy doesn’t f*ck up as usual. He should give up his job and leave her sister take care of business.

  • Bubbles

    Apparently people don’t realize that Phil is a great coach and adapted the triangle to his personnel. When he was with the bulls, he ran the triangle through Jordan and Pippen’s ability to drive and kick. In the Lakers threepeat, he ran it from inside back to outside and then reacted off that. With Kobe and Gasol, he used the triangle with an emphasis on Kobe/Gasol pick n rolls. I have little doubt he will fit the triangle with the flexibility to emphasize the Nash pick n roll and occasional spot up shooter.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    i can feel this

  • Ryan

    Phil Jackson with total control? This could be very interesting. Jim Buss seems like, ah, not the smartest of guys though so it could be a good move for LA.

  • The Seed

    Its a done deal, Phil is the next Lakers coach. I got inside information.

  • philchips

    Of course he’s coming back. He only coaches ready made teams. But I believe.time has past him by, they will not succeed.

  • Rainman

    he hasnt ever been able to adjust it to adapt to a point guards needs tho…ask Gary Payton…

  • Conor

    MIKE D’ANTONI. Cruel basketball demons have possessed Jim Buss.

  • Drig’r

    Just wanna congratulate nbk for being spot on with the Lakers’ choice for new head coach lol. D’Antoni it is!

  • Vince

    lol jk.

    A wild D’Antoni appeared!

  • Unforgettable

    Mike D’Antoni guys.

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  • truthteller

    Mike D’Antoni!!!!!!

  • The Seed

    Why, Why, Why, Why, Somebody please tell me this a cruel joke by Jim Buss. Its a reason the Knicks are a better team right now.

  • fruizm

    “strong” chance huh??

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he actually didn’t adapt the triangle at all. you need to learn about it before you make such widely false claims. if there was a focus to the triangle, it would render the entire system irrelevant.

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