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Jackson denies interest in Chicago job, questions "back-channel inquiries" also connecting him to New Jersey vacancy

For the second time this month, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he had no interest in returning to coach the Chicago Bulls next season.

A report on ESPN.com, which didn't believe Jackson when he said May 4 that he had no interest in the Chicago opening, indicated through "back-channel inquiries" that Jackson might be open to such an opportunity.

However, when it came time to actually talk to Jackson before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, the answer was the same as it was previously.

"I have no, at all, desire to go back to Chicago and coach the Bulls," he said Tuesday.

The report also said Jackson had been contacted indirectly about the New Jersey Nets' coaching vacancy.

"These channels have not reached me," Jackson said Tuesday. "I have no awareness of that at all."

Jackson is in the last year of a contract paying him $12 million this season. He has been consistent throughout the season, saying he would wait until after the Lakers were done playing, go through an annual series of medical check-ups, and decide if he wanted to return to the franchise for a sixth consecutive season and 11th season overall.

"As of now, I have not made up my mind about coaching or not coaching next year," he said Tuesday. "That's all I can say, really, truthfully."

Would he coach elsewhere?

"I've not entertained any conversations about that," Jackson said. "I just can't imagine it."

So he would coach the Lakers, if anywhere, next season?

"The probabilities are great," Jackson said.

--MIke Bresnahan, reporting from Phoenix

 
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All night all I could hear is WHERE'S THE FOUL

the probabilities that he comes back are great????


LAME!!!

Leave already, Phil. You can't coach. Blech.

Come on now. Laker fans should be the last to ever complain about the officiating. Don't you know how it works?

Most of the time, it's in the bag for the Lakers. The rest of the league just has to live with it. That has been the reality. Just ask Sacramento fans.

Refs or no refs though, it looks like Phoenix has got you exposed.

Just as well. With Phoenix going to Boston, maybe the West can be spared the embarrassment of another Detroit-like sweep.

Your Lakers are just too old, slow, and soft...did I mention soft? I hope they play well back home at Staples to at least make a series of it.

Sonnybelfast

sonny

how r the queens lately. they did not even win the LOTTERY

get a life

and go walk your dog

the lack of a true point guard is killing us right now

this lakers team is a joke. you better not hope they make it to the finals because the sting the celtics will leave will last longer than last time. at this point i even doubt they'll make it to the finals. suns have showed that youth and desire replaces big egos and flakiness. my friend butler has been saying it all along and for a long time. suns lead the way through passion.

If the Lakers can't play better D, there's no way they're beating the Celtics.

At least the Suns are testing them on their D, instead of just rolling over. Now they'd better figure out how to respond.

Well according to Plaschke logic, this'll guarantees a championship in June!

Sonnybelfast,
Are you serious? Did you actually watch the game?
And please don't refer to the Sacramento series where the Queens shot 16-31(or something like that) from the line and still cried about the officiating. At least we've got the numbers(from these past 2 games) to back up our argument.

They played better, we lost. Next.

It's 2-2 and here come the trolls. As good as it is to be a Laker fan, it's evidently good to be a Laker hater as well. They only come out after losses. Should be all good after game 5.

i loved watching the suns shatter egos and laying pipe all night long. kobe will most likely get home and be a grumpy little girl. all this jackson hype needs to stop. it's making me sick. a real coach makes adjustments like gentry. he's been taking notes and showing compassion. the tide has turned and l.a. will be no different for the suns. it's summer ladies and the sun will not go down, not in alaska or the west.

even gasoft talking about their zone, pathetic. Hey man you scored 106 pts and 50%, how about playing some defense on your own?

Farmar>>>>>>>>>Fisher

It's actually disgusting to watch and I'm not pleased that when I watch the Lakers, I actually start getting angry at Derek. Truly, I should revere the guy - reminiscing about all his former glory. Instead, I'm ill to my stomach seeing him out there.

You can't beat a zone without Kobe ball if your PG sucks that bad.


Although, I luv PJ, it wouldn't upset me if he were not to return. I think the team could still compete for championships without him. They've got enuff experienced players to still win.

BLOG CRUE
This was not what I expected. I liked how the Lake Show fought back but Phoenix's bench had a career night. I would like to see better defense on Thursday. My head hurts right now.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Well my LA friends, that was a proud moment for SUNS fans the world round.

How about Dragic? His spectacular drive to the hoop made Derek Fischer look vulnerable and aged.

Imagine the spurs' pain at giving him to the SUNS.

Interesting what Kenny smith said about the zone: LA lacks a true PG who can defeat a zone. I think we have us a series.

where is Faith??????????????

maybe she can deconstruct the Lakers defense anchored by Gassy.

common Girl. please tell us what went wrong. inquiring minds want to know.

Faith the Queen of DEFENSE and a lecture about Pau Gasol. is the presentation ready yet?

I guess Gasol got scared that he will be deported from AZ?! better stay in LA.

what a final shot. that was pretty. Gasol Missing a bank layup. i guess is the girly zone!

now, that's skills. and foot work. both with 2 left hands. The best Center in the World as coined but no one than Charlie Rosen. what a display. it was breathtaking.

the Choker from Memphis is back again.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX:

Lakers fans are acting as if the series is over. It is a 7 game series and the teams that make it to the WCF are the two top teams. That is why home court ad is important and speaking of which last time I checked Lakers have it. Suns defended their home court and now Lakers have to come home and defend their turf. It is always entertaining to observe reactions of fans, despondent, ready to trade players, blame coaches and refs. It is not over yet, now we are playing best of 3 games. Stop acting like kids and stop looking into future, just be patient and future will come to pass, I promise soon.

I only speak English, I don't recall ever speaking in Spanish and I always carry my passport with me.

FREE THROWS

GAME 3
42-20 SUNS +22

GAME4
32-13 SUNS +19

GAME2
34-26 LAKERS +8

GAME1
32-22 SUNS +10

So the Lakers have shot more free throws than the Suns just once in this entire series.

the Suns have shot 43 more free throws in this series

Ummm... Mark?

You may want to to look over some of the comments and delete the ones that aren't appropriate.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Without Kobe-ball, this game was a 30 point blowout

big disparity in free throws

logically you can conclude that the free throws should have resembled somthing like the 1st 2 games in LA

logically you can conclude this is a corrupt league
has been and always will be until darth Stern is ousted by the owners

Jon K,

The SUNS are exposing LA's weaknesses. And the SUNS haven't yet shot well in any of these games. They're winning with defense and energy.

Love,
BUTLER


Jon K,

Do you need a moderator to help you cope with reality?

Play the game! En guard!

Farmar and Shannon Brown can't hit a jump shot if their lives depended on it. Trade them both with Bynum. Until thet can hit an open jump shot on the road, all will rest on Kobe to bail this team out. They are pathetic, Brown and Farmar.

When the doctors tell me I need a liver transplant, I will send the bill for my co-pay to the Lakers. And they can send me a replacement case of vodka right now.

Troll Man, you are definitely no logician, nor do you appear to be an astute observer of basketball. To suggest that the foul shooting in games 3 and 4 should have mirrored that of games 1 and 2 is among the more simplistic things I've read on this blog (saying a lot).

Perchance, do you recall the points in the paint statistics from games 1 and 2, versus those of games 3 and 4? The Lakers played a soft, perimeter game, hoisting a club playoff record 32 three pointers in game 3, and pretty much replicated that effort tonight. To think that they deserved the same number of foul shots that they earned in games 1 and 2, when they force fed their bigs and dominated the paint, well that's just weak. You can do better.

Like I said

At home, the Lakers had 8 more FT's in one game and 10 less in the other

In Phoenix, the Suns shoot 22 and 19 more FT's than the Lakers

Someone explain to me why the disparity is so great.

Jesus,
That's a great post. I absolutely agree and can't think of anything else to add.

Coaches and players have every right to question officiating

Poor or crooked officiating can also make a team look like wussies

Well, that was an ugly game to watch. Our offense looked completely out of sync down the stretch, and we lacked energy on defense.

You gotta give the Suns a lot of credit. I didn't think they would even be a playoff team when the season started. They're giving us a fight now, which is what we need in preparation for the Finals.

MY BIGGEST GRIPE WITH THE OFFICIATING IS THAT THE LAKERS
DONT GET THE SAME LOVE FROM THE OFFICIALS AT HOME AS THE ROAD OPPONENT

Look, this is simple:

The Lakers need to play to their strengths.

1. Post up. Bynum, this means you. Pau, we're looking at you.

2. Go inside-out. It's simple. All those threes? Go inside first. Pass out if the double team. Shoot when you're wide open. Don't hesitate. If you're under 6'4", pump fake and drive the lane.

3. Hustle. Bring energy. Make good luck. Force the refs to call that stuff.

4. Ignore the pundits. Ignore the little lieutenant. Listen to your coaching staff. You got this.

5. Go hard to the hole. When your shot's not falling, drive.

6. Bynum, it's time to start caring on defense. If you can't do that, sit down. Mbenga cares. That's what matters.

Go Lake Show!

Despite the refs, if the Lakers played with any amount of heart, they could have won this. To get out rebounded like that, there's not excuse. That's just from a lack of effort. Worst effort since the regular season. Lazy rebounding. Not blocking out. With even one game with that type of effort will lose a series, if they can even make it to the finals.

The series is going like I expected. This is the WCF. These are the two best teams in the West...you can't expect one to dominate the other.

The Suns live and die by their outside shot, and they are familiar with the dynamics of their home court. The Lakers have to play badly, and the Suns have to play really well, for the Suns to win. In other words, if the Lakers place decent basketball, they will beat the Suns. In LA, the Suns shooting percentage will go down, and the Lakers focus will be keen for Game 5. As such, game 5 will be a blowout win for the Lakers.

Game 6 is a tossup, although I had (and have) the Lakers in 6. However, based on my analysis, unless something dreadfully goes wrong, the Lakers will make their 3rd straight NBA finals appearance.

With that said, my analysis remains the same. At this point, unless I see something different, Boston will beat the Lakers in 6 games...

HEY GOD

OH HOW CAN I DOUBT THE ALL KNOWING
SINCE THE LAKERS SHOT 34 MORE THREE POINT SHOTS IN PHOENIX THATS WHY THE SUNS GOT ALL THOSE FREE THROWS.

YOU GENIASS

ALL THE LAKERS NEED TO DO NOW IS NOT SHOOT A SINGLE 3 IN THE NEXT 2 GAMES .

THANKS AGAIN GOD

Gasol did not have a rebound in the first half. what a skilled player. moves. to the left to the right

taking pictures on defense. with a tripod. make sure it is REALLY STILL

STOP THE REFS nonsense. yes, maybe it was bad. so what. did that stop watching the suns shooting 3's?

NO MORE 3'S FOR THE LAKERS AND THE SUNS WONT SHOOT FREE THROWS
SO LET IT BE DONE

THANK YOU GOD FOR ALL YOUR WISDOM AND FOR MAKING IT SO SIMPLISTIC

Still can't get over Shannon Wow playing 13 minutes and having a -21

How does a player do that.

God could even play and not get a -21

observation

Looks like Pau and Amare have switched places

how about a trade straight up

OH and GOD

POINTS IN THE PAINT AINT EASY BECAUSE BYNUM'S BEEN WORTHLESS SINCE GAME 3 OF THE UTAH SERIES
AND PAU HAS TURNED INTO AMARE OF THE FIRST 2 GAMES
AND LAMAR'S LUCKY STREAK HAS ENDED.

OH YOU MUST HAVE MEANT ARTEST, NOW THERE'S A LOW POST THREAT. GOTTA LOVE HIS VERTICAL JUMP.

when will the Farmy UPS experiment END. how many games we have to lose on the road while PJ watching them give up the lead?

troy,

I think you're probably right, but the way we're playing and the fact that Bynum is injured, if we survive this series, I think Boston will win in 5.

This game was similar to last years WCF game 4 where we got totally pounded on the boards. That game was like Denver 58 Lakers 40 in rebounds.

Bynum will have to go at the end of the year if there are any takers. Hope for a sign and trade with Toronto. Odom too. I predict Bynum and Odom(and Sasha to match salaries) for Bosh and Turkoglu. I think PJ, if he stays, will see Turkoglu as a Kukoc but can play PG.

PG Turkoglu
SG Kobe
SF Artest
PF Gasol
C Bosh

Bench
PG Farmar/Fisher or bi-annual exemption player
SG Brown
SF Walton
PF/C Powell/Mbenga or MLE

They need more bench scoring and a legitimate PF or C coming off the bench.
Some choices include Luis Scola, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Camby, Miller, maybe even Shaq. Use the MLE for this.

I'm not sure if they used their bi-annual exemption, but use that to get a quicker guard.

With Bosh, much better defense than with Bynum although you lose the height and some offense.

With Turkoglu, you have a 3rd option other than Kobe and Gasol who can create his own shots. You lose some rebounding, but you gain that back wtih Bosh instead of Bynum.

I'm very sure Phil Jackson will coach cavaliers.

I like it dj855

Bosh and Turk, but I would think of Turk as a Scotty Pippen instead of a Kukoc. Artest can come off the bench.

we get rid of the never ending potential of Bynum and Odum and pick up 2 players that bring it every night who can score rebound and pass

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im having flashbacks to the Smush and Kwame years

Ok, listen boys and girls we are in a series now. All the talk of Boston was bad karma. Respect your opponent and play hard. The Suns played better at home and won, holding serve. We must focus on Game 5. The loser will be watching the finals. This is a must win so focus your fan energy...it counts. I still can't believe we can't beat the girly man zone. Nobody plays zone because it is the easiest defense to beat. That was a desperation move after the beat down in the 1st two games. Better PG play to break it down is the ticket. Maybe Kobe needs to play PG & go all Kobe Ball. The triangle is lame against the zone..get a clue PJ.

The Oklahoma city series JACKALS are back -- recall how many of these trolls had the Lakers exiting in the first round after the Thunder tied the series at 2 games a piece. I heard the exact same jibber-jabber about Fisher, Farmer and Brown -- almost identical commentaries, if you call it that. Sample this gem: "How about Dragic? His spectacular drive to the hoop made Derek Fischer look vulnerable and aged." Just substitute Westbrooke for Dragic. But where are the Thunder now???


Most of you clowns are not true basketball fans -- if you were, you wouldn't be calling this series done, in favor of the Suns in 6 games. That's just pathetic. As I called it in the Thunder series after game 4's disheartening loss in Oklahoma, the Lakers will come home and convincingly win game 5, and most likely, eliminate the Suns in 6 games, period, exclamation point.


As far as Boston is concerned, they were nicely exposed in game 4 against Orlando, blowing another 4th quarter as they've done all year. They looked really old -- much much older than the Lakers, with Pierce, slow as a turtle and completely out of gas early in the 4th quarter.


Moreover, the Celtics will not have the massively clutch 3-point shooting of James Posey and Eddie House. Those two guys absolutley killed us in 2008, specially in game 4, where we lost the series with that ridiculous 24-point comeback in L.A., with Posey hitting a bunch of back-breaking 3's and House doing the same. There also won't be any Leon Powe this year either.


Moreover, Tony Allen is noticeably injured, and even Rondo has back spasms now. Garnett looks like he needs a cane at times, and Wallace is no younger and a mental timebomb waiting to go off any second. Truth be told, I've wanted the Celtics all along. The Lakers can torch Boston this year -- possibly in 5 games, at most 6. You can take it to the bank! Remember, the Lakers beat Boston in Boston this year, and lost by one point at home to Boston, without Kobe and without Bynum.


Just think, who's gonna be hitting dagger 3's for Boston this year other than Ray Allen? Kobe will handle him just fine, even Sasha did a good job on him earlier in the year. Who else is a threat for Boston behind the arc???

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