Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

Phil Jackson is a Consultant for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Zen Master has made it clear on numerous occassions that he’s done with coaching. Still, Phil Jackson continues to be an influential voice around the NBA, and he’s even consulting with his old team. Well, sort of. Jackson has been in touch with the Los Angeles Lakers’ front-office in an unofficial capacity, though that could potentially change going forward. Per the LA Daily News: “My message to Lakers fans is Phil is a part of the organization because of me,’ said Jeanie Buss, who’s the Lakers’ executive vice president of business operations and serves as the team’s governor. ‘He’s part of my life and part of my family. He’s always in Laker world, no matter if he has an official position or not.’ Would Buss want Jackson to have an official position with the team? ‘I think we’re in good hands with our front office,’ said Buss, referring to Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and her brother, Jim, the team’s vice president of basketball operations. ‘Jim and Mitch know Phil is a phone call away. He’s always available. He would always do anything to help, support or listen. It’s like we’re all family.’ [...] Kupchak confirmed Jackson ‘s revelation that they talked ‘in the past couple of weeks’ about unspecified issues concerning the Lakers. ‘I’m not sure why somebody like Phil isn’t working for an NBA club right now,’ Kupchak said. ‘He has so much to offer to any franchise. Even though he doesn’t have an official role with us, he’s a consultant of sorts.’ [...] ‘It’s not something I expect them to rely on me for information. But I’m there to offer it,’ Jackson said. ‘They asked if I can be of assistance. I said yeah, I’ll help in whatever area you need to have help.’ Jackson declined to specify those issues, but there’s one thing clear. Despite the insistent ‘We Want Phil’ chants permeating Staples Center, the Lakers won’t bring back Jackson to coach. Kupchak has already publicly maintained Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni will return next season. The Lakers’ front office also believes a full training camp and a healthier roster will ensure D’Antoni fares better than a first-round exit to the San Antonio Spurs. [...] But how much confidence does Jackson have that he will have a larger role with the Lakers? ‘Jimmy obviously has a long term contract,’ said Jackson, who added they have a ‘casual relationship.’ ‘I don’t see any need to have a future role right now. There may be at some point, but at this point I don’t see it happening.’”

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  • OfftheWall87

    “I’m not sure why somebody like Phil isn’t working for an NBA club right now”….Yes, you do Mitch.

  • Jay Brodes

    hopefully his first order of biz is fire jimmy….fire dantoni and hire shaw..2 months too late but anything will do! this off season could have been avoided!!

  • Solito

    Jackson: “The roster is S..t! Trade everybody…!”
    Lakers: “No…”
    Jackson: “OK… Should I give my bill for the consulting services directly to Jeanie?”

  • bike

    As long as he’s hooked up with Jeanie, he will always be a consultant to LA.

  • shockexchange

    What do Love & Hip Hop, Basketball Wives, As the World Turns, Search For Tomorrow, All My Children and the L.A. Lakers all have in common … as the theme from “Jeopardy” plays ad infinitum?

  • spit hot fiyah

    another team is about to swoop in and actually pay him to be part of their organization. the jim did him dirty before the d’antoni hire. i hope he gives them the following advice: sign a very old point guard to a three year deal, trade for center coming of off surgery that can’t make up his mind, get a coach whose system contradicts the teams personnel…wait, what?

  • Saleem Rainman

    So they didnt wanna bring him back mostly because the owner hated him and because h
    he didnt want Phil having any input on management decisions, but you expect me to believe now they’re gonna give him a job to EXCLUSIVELY consult on those kinda decisions? Yeah. Right.

  • shockexchange

    You spittin’ today bro.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Lousy gold digging pre madonnas?

  • shockexchange

    You’ve just out-shocked the Shock Exchange.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Game recognize game

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