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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 4:35 pm  |  24 responses

Phil Jackson Reportedly Wants an NBA Job Next Season


There has been speculation for quite some time now that Phil Jackson was looking for a way back into the NBA — preferably in a powerful front-office post somewhere. The Zen Master is reportedly “itching” for a gig next season. Per ESPN: “After nearly two seasons in retirement, Phil Jackson has become increasingly interested in working in the NBA next season, according to sources familiar with his thinking. That doesn’t necessarily mean a return to coaching, as Jackson is known to be intrigued by the concept of moving into management for the first time in his career. [...] Sources stressed that there is no specific opportunity in play yet for Jackson, who resisted coaching overtures from the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season and told longtime confidant Charley Rosen in January in a SheridanHoops.com story that he ‘has no intention of ever coaching again.’ But NBA coaching sources say that stance will not dissuade teams with openings from approaching Jackson this offseason to gauge his interest, with the Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers — who interviewed Jackson in 2005 and are known to be contemplating a coaching change — potentially at the top of the list. What has Jackson really intrigued, sources say, is the opportunity to oversee an organization in the patriarchal style of Pat Riley with the Miami Heat or in a role similar to that previously held by Larry Bird with the Indiana Pacers. But it remains to be seen if a team will give him that sort of chance, given that the 67-year-old Jackson is the most successful coach in league history with 11 championship rings and has never held a prominent NBA personnel job. There’s always the chance, sources said, that Jackson will simply stay retired if none of the opportunities that arise prove to be the right fit.”

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  • http://twitter.com/SupermanayrB B!

    Come back to L.A.!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    hopefully he is on the laker sidelines next year. too bad he was not there on friday since dantoni decided to be an idiot and ended a career! good job! can captain jack just order the code red already?? thanks!

  • robb

    Fire Jim Buss so Jeanie can bring PJ back.

  • JML-G

    yea, Clippers and Phil will work out just fine!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Just imagine how good the Clipps would be if they got rid of Vinny and replaced him with PJax.

  • bike

    He must be tired of sitting around the house all day stoned waiting for Jeanie to come home.

  • LakeShow

    It would be interesting. Phil’s(Tex’s) triangle wouldn’t work to well with that current squad. I don’t know what else he would employ offensively. He’s never had a PG even half the player CP3 is.
    Phil would need to start from scratch with this team.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he doesnt seem like a marijuana type of guy.

  • robb

    yeah he’s more of a peyote type of guy

  • Abdullah Musazay

    Yeah, the kind where you pop them in pills.

  • jj

    i sure as hell know phil wouldnt run the princeton offence lol

  • Redd

    Phil needs to come join the Bulls front office.

  • Lloyd

    Pat Riley may be that slick and slimy sales guy, but Phil’s got his zen mind tricks. I feel like he’d be able to convince anyone to join the team he works for.

  • Matt

    The Triangle Offense is MUCH more broad than the one people are most familiar with.

    I don’t mean to come off as condescending, but, if you have the time and interest, I suggest reading this website for a little while.

    http://thetriangleoffense.blogspot.com/

  • EP

    Phil should come back and coach the Bobcats. And Jordan should come out of retirement again…and the ‘Cats should sign Rodman too – just to keep him out of trouble.

  • UcantHandleTheTruth

    Commissioner.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Brooklyn

  • roscoe

    you should really consider putting down the bottle of vino before you make comments.

  • roscoe

    yep, bc leaving california in your later years for cold/grumpy/windy/americas best city CHI makes a whole lot of sense.

    wake up redd… you’re in the playoffs, but this ain’t christmas!

  • roscoe

    oh yeah… like pjax would ever put up with bickering teammates on the bench…

    he’d trade bg32 and deAndre to SAC, count on it, then what?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hell yeah he is! lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/nabel.sheikh Nabeel Sheikhoo
  • http://www.facebook.com/nabel.sheikh Nabeel Sheikhoo
  • http://twitter.com/SupermanayrB B!

    LOL. I meant to the L.A. team that already has championships.

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