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Lakers Coach Phil Jackson 'leaning toward retiring'

There might not be a run at another three-peat for Phil Jackson. The Lakers' coach said Wednesday he was thinking about retirement, a surprising statement less than a week after the Lakers won their 16th championship.

"I'm leaning toward retiring, but I haven’t made up my mind," he said.

Jackson, 64, will continue to undergo medical tests and come up with a final decision next week, he said. He has had both hips replaced and has a chronically sore knee. He also has been bothered by kidney stones.

"Some of it's about health," he said. "That's the way I feel right now. I've had vacillating feelings about it.

"I have to sit on it and do the right thing for myself. I wouldn't say that I'm 95% or 50% sure. This is what I feel right now."

Jackson, who made $12 million last season, said a possible pay cut was not a factor.

"It’s certainly not about money," he said. "It’s not the issue."

 

-- Mike Bresnahan



UPDATE: 2:21 p.m. - Here is the audio file from Jackson's press conference.

Phil Jackson interview


--Mark Medina

 
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hard to gauge phils comments at this point..

but he states it aint about the money?? have a hard time buying that and any shrewd business person would want to gain leverage at this point.

last year he cited same reasons... new year same story i would presume.

If Phil leaves, I hope they would hire someone with first hand knowledge of the system (Brian Shaw, Jim Cleamons).

Maybe they could get Jeff Van Gundy.

The new car negotiation equivalent of getting up from your seat ....which can lead to walking out.
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I don't know if its real or not, but given Phil's history, you have to assume he's still playing the game. If not money, then for incentives, less travel, etc.
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I think .maybe he's seeing if he could only coach home games and playoffs.

I rather he retire than assume a diff post if not the Lakers. Still, this is crushing!!! I hope he leans the other way and doesn't retire!

Say it ain't so, Phil.....I'm not sure anyone could really fill his shoes.

Blitz, i don't want to repost, my response is in the previous post.

The Zen Master know's what best for himself, dispite how we feel and love for him to return, so be it with life. Make the offer the Kurt, if he can get out from under his contract. If not, Scott would be a great choice and trash the triangle. And let the grey hounds out the their cages, bring in a quick penatrating point guard with game.

he will be back.......when they lose, then he will go....

1 more, PJ...
1 MORE!!!!!!!!

As a fall back Rdlee, they can also switch to the Showtime Lakers offense & defense as well as coaches headed by Byron. Get Brian, Kareem, Coop and Jim Cleamons as asst. coaches. JimC. was an asst. to Byron in NO.

3rd alternative is Coach K who coached Kobe in the Olympics. I think he'll leave Duke if the leap will be on the Lakers.

Fisher lovers, you know what that means.

No Jackson no Fisher next season.

Once a person makes a statement like that, that's the hard initial part. Jackson put it out there for all to digest, its the PJ way. Its now easier to follow through on what you said.

His heart says to stay, to follow through on what he's built.

His mind is saying its time, he already has 11 Championships. No one except the next Lakers coach perhaps (lol) could ever top his record.

To stay with the Lakers if not coaching? I'm not sure what he would be good at.

In the end, it might be his competitive side that keeps him coaching for the Lakers.

I think this time he goes. He has 11 rings, just beat the Celtics and doesn't need another three-peat or the money.

Just so they don't hire Byron Scott; we'll be in the lottery if they do.

Coach K will not be leaving Duke.

Given the disaster with Rudy T., look for them to hire from within.

Look for a funeral for The Triangle.

Maybe they switch to The Circle, so Ron-Ron can chase his own tail from one end of the court to the other until Kobe passes him the ball.

How about Fisher as a player-coach?

I AGREE WITH TOM FROM LB

HE WILL STAY...

first they asked PJ if hell be back next season if lakers win the championship he said ' that dosnt go into my decision making" "it dosnt help on deciding weather ill be back if lakers win or loose"

after lakers won...
They asked if the victory increased your chances of coming back next year he said " this dose increase my chances"

oh yeah remember last year??? he said the same thing, he wants to retire...

so by the trend that we see about " im leaning towards retirement..."

WELCOME BACK PJJJJ!!!!!!!!!!!
3PEATTTTTTTTTTTT SONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!

Edwin:
I don't think you can run the Showtime system without Magic at the controls (as a player, not coach).

Uh oh.

Whew, this may change stuff, adapting to a new coach may stop the 3-peat bid in its tracks.

Bet Rambis is kicking himself right now.

I bet Fish will still be back cuz Kobe wants him back.
To lose PJ AND Fish may make Kobe an unhappy camper.

If it's not just a negotiating ploy, and it very well may be unless there is a health thing we don't know about, my guess will be B Shaw to keep the continuity.

Its not about the money, its about not wanting to go on road games. That was a negotiating point last year, but Mitch flatly said no to it. Now I think Jackson, with 2 titles in hand, is probably negotiating for that.

does that mean he's "retiring" from jeannie too??........she'll be heart-broken but i'll be there to put her back together......

I'm sure this is all posturing. Phil will be back, and they'll arrange for this to be a transition year where he travels less, and hands the reigns over to Brian Shaw for select away games... paving the way for Shaw to take over full time after the Three-peat is complete!

Don't retire yet, Phil. Do what Kareem did and have a seasons-worth of retirement celebrations all over the league. That would be cool.

For a replacement, I'm thinking Byron Scott.

Phil is a great coach, but a lot of coaches could make a legit championshiop run with Lakers talent. If anything, the Lakers might benefit from a coach who had some new ideas for the offense as the current team is so versatile, but is NOT a good shooting team overall. The triangle, in fact, is a shooters offense - so its not exactly a perfect fit.

>>>3rd alternative is Coach K who coached Kobe in the Olympics. I think he'll
>>>leave Duke if the leap will be on the Lakers.

Coach K has recently very emphatically stated that he will never coach in the NBA, and that he will coach Duke until he retires. So he's out.

Out of the 7 games in these finals, how many of them did rivers out coach Jackson?

I'm just asking.

As soon as somebody says - its not about the money - you know it is about the money. Not that he needs it - its about the respect - same as the Yanks did with Joe Torre.

Unless his health issues are a bigger concern than we know, I think that Phil's competitive nature will make him come back. IMHO walking away from the opportunity to potentially three-peat a 4th time is akin to Elgin Baylor retiring on the same year that his Lakers finally win the title.

Blitz,

Sorry to say it but yours sounded like "excuses" for those years LAL did not win the championships! You're going to stick with your arguments and I will stick to mines but one thing is fairly irrefutable: all the Lakers teams that have Shaq/Kobe or Kobe/Pau were never "underdog" according to basketball experts and media pundits. They were always pretty much "favorite" against all teams that they faced. I mean did they ever face team that had better Vegas odds?

Shaq having surgery on company's time? yes, that might have contributed to his being out of shape to start the season but by PO time, he was where he should be. Kobe being "drained" by his trial? again, that was in the off-season and it's doubtful somebody with mental toughness harder than steel like him would let it severely affect his play. Just some examples...

You're right it's not necessary to have traditional PG to win championships. That is, if you already have top-50 of all time HOFs on your team like Wilt, West. Otherwise you'd have to settle for the likes of Maurice Cheeks, Isiah Thomas, Chauncey Billups, Tony Parker... those who won championships for their teams, right? Of course keep in mind we're talking non-triangle teams here...

I never said a RING is not good enough (though two is better than one, three better than two... six better than five, of course) I also didn't say I prefer a "traditional" offense over RINGS. It's just that I bit my tongue and endured the pain as long as Phil keep on winning... LOL! So now that it's coming to an end (or will eventually) I will be glad, that's all.

I don't think you can deny the fact that Phil Jackson has also been the LUCKIEST coach in the history of the NBA. He's had a boatload of gargantuan talents to win championships with. OK, I give him credit for being able to "manage" such incredible pool of talents but when he had less than that, he wasn't exactly working miracle and turn mediocre Laker teams (with Smush and Kwame) into over-achievers either.

Not that I don't think Phil is a good coach and ranks right up there with the elites of the league but until he can turn chopped liver into champions I don't think he's totally above everybody else.

PS: Right after he won his 9th ring I was as awestruck as anybody else and wouldn't have argue like I am now. But the real test for Phil was when he had a lesser team with the likes of Smush Parker and Kwame Brown to really, really show the world he was indeed a miracle worker and could walk on water!

Get Byron and run the triangle and fast break options with a true point guard. That would be fun.

>>>Just so they don't hire Byron Scott; we'll be in the lottery if they do.

Ignorant, ignorant, ignorant.

B.Scott took New Jersey to the finals TWICE with less talent than the Lakers currently have. When he left, Lawrence Frank couldn't get them back.

B.Scott raised New Orleans up to the best record in the Western Conference based on merely Chris Paul and a handful of magic beans (Tyson Chandler as your second best player? are you kidding?). The only reason they didn't finish the season as the best team in the west is because the Lakers got Gasol mid-season, which pushed them past New Orleans.

With the amount of talent the Lakers have, I'm sure Byron could get them at LEAST to the finals. He has never coached a team with as much talent as the Lakers have.

In fact, if Scott signs on as the Cavs coach and LeBron returns, I'll bet he gets that team to the finals.

>>>Just so they don't hire Byron Scott; we'll be in the lottery if they do.

Ignorant, ignorant, ignorant.

B.Scott took New Jersey to the finals TWICE with less talent than the Lakers currently have. When he left, Lawrence Frank couldn't get them back.

B.Scott raised New Orleans up to the best record in the Western Conference based on merely Chris Paul and a handful of magic beans (Tyson Chandler as your second best player? are you kidding?). The only reason they didn't finish the season as the best team in the west is because the Lakers got Gasol mid-season, which pushed them past New Orleans.

With the amount of talent the Lakers have, I'm sure Byron could get them at LEAST to the finals. He has never coached a team with as much talent as the Lakers have.

In fact, if Scott signs on as the Cavs coach and LeBron returns, I'll bet he gets that team to the finals.

The team, as currently configured, does not constitute a run-and-gun team nor a showtime team. Our strength is still being taller than everyone else.

However, trade for Bosh, pick up a water bug guard, and this team can look very different. Just not certain that its outright championship material.

It would behoove Jerry Buss to convince Phil to comeback. With Lebron likely moving, what has been the obvious contender (Cleveland) for the last 2 seasons will likely be gone, leaving Orlando as the only team that has playoff experience that's not getting reconfigured. I don't think they can challenge the Lakers.

I for one understand PJ's point of view at this time, and if I were him I would really consider retiring. He has had a great run and has contributed to the cities of Chicago and Los Angeles so now it is time for him to take self into consideration, are we so championship hungry that we would ask him to endanger his health, I think not. Hey Phil Jackson thanks for the memories, you will be missed but not forgotten.

I don't know how you determine who outcoaches whom (namely PJ and GR); if the players do not execute as the coach drawn up, there goes the coach plan.

Maybe they could get Jeff Van Gundy.

Posted by: tata | June 23, 2010 at 01:33 PM

LOL

That was a good joke!

It was a joke right?

I hope it was a joke!

Yeah, Phil J is coming back ? To what ? Win it next yr w/ same stats
in final game 2010.........Kobe & Gasol miss 10 free throws combined,
32.5 fg & 27 % 3 pt. team.........sure Z master can't wait

LTLF,

The way I see it it's true you don't want to fix what's not broken so I wouldn't change the current Laker team too much.

I believe the BEST thing for the Lakers to do is simply one and one thing only:

Get a starting PG from the MLE and slide Fish into a backup role.

Everything else stays the same (except for departures of Farmar, Brown and Morrison)

In that vein I think somebody like Steve Blake would be the best possible scenario. From the same group I don't know as much about Felton and Ridnour so not so sure. Failing that, plan B may entail the "decent defenders but weak on offense" group that you mentioned.

Surely this is do-able finance-wise, don't you think?

People, people, I'm not the biggest Phil Jackson fan but please respect what this man has accomplished for the NBA and for the Lakers as well. Yes we have a team in place that another coach can win with but make no mistake, PJ will be missed. And if you're still debating it, ask yourself how many Laker players expressed the desire for him to come back. Respect your coach, respect your mvp and respect our championship team. If PJ leaves this year, take a bow, wish him the best and pray the mamba's got enough juice left in the tank to make this an easy transition for the next coach.

If you haven't read it yet, reeducate yourself on PJs street credibility by reading this: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1171213/index.htm

"he can turn chopped liver into champions I don't think he's totally above everybody else."

Wait Psycorp...HE DID. He helped turn a 32 win team into a 45 PLAYOFF team in less than a season. 2 years after that even though Pau Gasol was a big acquisition he made it to the playoffs. The Lakers did not have to endure the 90's again after Showtime because we got back to back wins!

re: Kobe Bryant "I do not know of *any* coach that had scrubs on his team and won the title. He's damn right! Pat Riley had Magic and Wade....in 07-08 when he did have scrubs guess how many teams that Heat team won.....15 games! The great Ricky Davis who is out of the league and Pat Riley couldn't turn him into magic beans so how do you expect Jackson to turn Smush and Kwamay into great players (oh that's right Smush had his BEST years in Phil's offense and Kwamay managed to get some defensive reputation here under Jackson).

re: Name me any other coach that won with SCURBS. Pop? He had Tim Duncan he even admitted that in 1999! Rivers? He had KG/Paul Pierce/Ray Allen while all three were in their primes the year before they were a LOTTERY TEAM. Rudy T.? He had the Dream! Jackson may had great talent on his team but he DEVELOPED them. He turned Scottie into the perfect side kick for MJ and for MJ he helped shape MJ into a GREAT TEAM player to finally put away the Pistons that before MJ went 1 vs 4. He developed Kobe from a wannabe Jordan to a person who is considered the 2nd greatest SG of all time! He took Shaq from a beat to an even bigger BEAST with 3 straight titles! I don't know where you get your "Jackson was lucky" but if you consider him lucky say EVERY coach in the NBA who won championships were *LUCKY* because they had great talent on their team. Oh wait I forgot Larry Brown.....Brown's 04 Pistons squad was already a talented team (the year before they got the Eastern Conference Finals) and beat an out of his prime Payton, 1 legged 40 year old Malone, and a tired Kobe!

I'm not making excuses I'm stating FACTS. Shaq delaying his surgery cost the Lakers HOME court. They didn't have their big men ready and it hasn't been since another legend (Olajuwon) that a lower than 4th seed won the title! Kobe WAS drained.....he had to attend court hearings in Colorado then fly to LA quite a bit even on game days! He did that even in the playoffs! Try to play basketball on the same DAY that you had a trial which you could go to jail....not very easy is it???

"They were always pretty much "favorite" against all teams that they faced. I mean did they ever face team that had better Vegas odds?"

Again show me any coach ANY COACH that didn't have a Hall of Famer in his team that won a title damnit! No Larry Brown didn't count as was seen in New York he worked a BUNCH OF SCRUBS AND FAILED!! SO SHOW ME THAT COACH DAMNIT!

The fat lady has not sung on Phil yet. He always feels that way at the end of the season. Kobe will lobby him to stay. Buss will make a reasonable offer.


I think it is still at least 50-50.


If Phil goes continuity is important. I would look at Shaw/Cleamons/Rambis, whoever has Kobe's respect.

>>>The way I see it it's true you don't want to fix what's not broken so I wouldn't
>>>change the current Laker team too much.

Like I've said, if they could keep the same roster (other than Morrison, who basically never played when it mattered) and the same coach, that would give the Lakers the best chance of repeating. So yes, I agree with you.

If Phil Jackson retires I for one think it would be a good thing for the future of the Lakers. I thought Phil was again thoroughly outcoached during the finals by Doc Rivers and up until the last quarter of game 7 tried to desperately hold on to the triangle offense when it was obvious it could generate no offense.

Earlier in the year on NBA TV Laker great Jerry West said "THEY TALK SO MUCH ABOUT THE OFFENSE....THE LAKERS DON'T RUN AN OFFENSE REALLY.....THEY JUST THROW THE BALL TO HIM (KOBE), CLEAR OUT A SIDE....AND JUST LET KOBE MAKE PLAYS...AND WHEN THE LAKERS GET IN TROUBLE THEY JUST THROW IT TO HIM AND SOMETIMES THEY JUST DO IT A LITTLE TOO MUCH"

http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2010/02/01/20100201_west_intv.nba/

No where was this more evident than in the first half of game 7. Most of the focus from the media goes to Kobe's poor shooting and Doc River's defensive schemes which looked very similar to the Piston's defensive scheme in the 2004 finals.....mostly double teams and sometimes triple teaming whenever Kobe put the ball on the floor.

But did anyone ponder the question....What is Phil Jackson's response to this defense?

Why not run some sets for Kobe such as down screens for curls into the lane or setting picks to free Kobe and use him as a decoy to free up other players since Boston was dead set against allowing Kobe anything. If Phil would run some misdirection plays or sets against that type of defense Kobe could have had 15 assists in the first half.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Look at how Doc Rivers ran a series of screens and double screens in order to get Ray Allen looks.....or how in game 5 in Boston Doc Rivers ran a lot of two man pick n roll with Paul Pierce mostly involving Bynum or Odom to cause a switch and then place Pierce in a mismatch situation......THAT'S COACHING!

What does Phil Jackson do? In the third quarter Phil or somebody finally abandoned the triangle and ran (out of a timeout) a series of screens for Kobe with Gasol setting the last one around the top of the key for Kobe curling and receiving a pass from Odom for one of his only good looks of the night.

With the exception of the Lakers no other teams run this triangle offense. Kobe is the only laker that can create his own shots or shots for others by getting in the lane.....Phil Jackson's triangle at times nullify the ability of a classic point guard to be able to penetrate the lane and create offense ala Rajon Rhondo or any good point guard.

I applaud Phil for finally realizing he had to come out of the triangle in game 7 but it just makes apparent how far behind the times Phil Jackson is. The lakers aren't winning because of Phil....they are winning in spite of him.

Eventually every reign must come to an end and there is no time like now for the Phil Jackson reign to end. I would like to see a different system and add some more athletic players because OKC will only get better next year.

Love you Phil....but every dog has it's day


Byron Scott is waiting in the wings an experienced coach with a great relationship with Kobe and who also has the respect of Kobe. This would also be an opportunity to shut up the critics who thinks it is Phil and not Kobe....just like Kobe's critics thought Kobe wouldn't win a ring without Shaq. Well he has won two without Shaq....it's time to win two without Phil Jackson.

Call me crazy but I got a feeling MJ and the bulls might have something to do with this. If PJ win's another with the lakers, that makes 6 rings he's got with both franchises and I'm not quite sure he wants his legacy with the lakers to surpass what he did with the bulls.

Like don't get me wrong, this team loves PJ and the feeling is mutual. Still America loved the bulls and quite frankly the bulls' were PJs first nba love. And y'all no the saying, ain't nothing like ya first. The one to first put a ring on your finger, the one that was there with you when you were nobody.

Anyway enough nostalgia and mind reading ... if there's anyone out there about to jump off a cliff at the thought of either Bryan coaching (shaw or scott), remember the equation that got us this far ... is still intact ...

24 + 16 + [3|1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

And for those that need a math lesson, that simply means ... kobe(24) and pau(16) are constant 1-2 punches that sends the opposition reeling ... throw in a good game from either artest[3]7, odom[]7 or bynum[1]7 and the dynasty is alive

PJ muchos gratias for coming back ... if you leave, here's hoping the next time you come back it'll be less about us needing you and more about missing our purple and gold love ...

And oh ... still on cloud 9 from winning the championship ... celtic fans, we know you're out there ... lmfao, languish in your agony y'all, crawl into a green hole and wallow in your misery ... still lmfao

Get Doc Rivers if Phil leaves.

"Not that I don't think Phil is a good coach and ranks right up there with the elites of the league but until he can turn chopped liver into champions I don't think he's totally above everybody else." This is such a hard "knock" on the guy. Every time he entered the picture, that's exactly what happened: he turned "chopped liver into champions." Would you say the same thing if he coached a team that has LBJ and another "killer" sidekick who wouldn't have won anything until PJ came along? IDK... It's not about money for the guy - I think - and Magic was quoted as saying that he would cough up some bucks to keep PJ in LA if he had to and lets face it: Magic is the real face of the Lakers.

BTW: no coach in league history has taken "chopped liver" to the finals, let alone an NBA championship.

LTLF,

Hey Byron Scott got a 58 point WHIPPING at the hands of Carmelo.

Let's compare Mike Brown to Byron.

Both are Coach of the Year Winners.

Both got fired after the next season (though Byron lasted longer)

Both relied on their assistants way too much (there were times Byron elected to play golf in SoCal while his assistants did the work....only time Mike Brown had any sort of offense was when he allowed John Kuester now with the Detroit Pistons do any kind of coaching).

Both got tuned out by the players save for CP3 (Jason Kidd and Lebron James)

Both got SWEPT in the finals though Byron got another chance and BLEW it against the Spurs.

Both are more "hustle" coaches rather than X'S and O's and while those coaches look good they are bad in the long term.

So heck lets hire Mike Brown instead...he made Lebron go all isolation and made LBJ look good so he could do the same to Kobe no?

And Magia32 Phil OUTCOACHED Rivers "oh let's play together stop trying to play one on one let's play together" and if it was number of games 5-2 so there goes your precious Doc Rvers outcoaches Jackson in 08 because Jackson outcoached: Larry Bird, Larry Brown, Byron Scott, Stan Van Goofy, and Doc Rivers in LA not to mention owning Gregg Poppovich almost everytime (save for once and that was when Phil had heart surgery).

SAY IT ISN'T SO, JOE...

Hey Phil, we have unfinished business...We have a chance for a 4Peat that will cement you as THE BEST EVER...

Should we start a "PJ Come Back Bus"

pHIL DON'T RETIRE....BUT I YOU DO...GIVE ME b sCOTT

pHIL DON'T RETIRE....BUT I YOU DO...GIVE ME b sCOTT

pHIL DON'T RETIRE....BUT I YOU DO...GIVE ME b sCOTT

PHIL DON'T RETIRE....BUT If YOU DO...GIVE ME Jeannie


To quote John Lennon..."keep playin' those mind games forever..." Phil - stay, go, whatever - just end the drama. Nobody gives a crap. Take your shiny rings and your ego, throw Jeanie on the bike and leave. Everyone will, we swear, continue to somehow exist without your zen-like presence. On second thought, leave Jeanie here - you don't need that kind of trouble. Enjoy New Jersey.

Lets just see who blinks first, if the Lakers blink first 12 would be just right,right? Three-peat is probable. If not tis was a very memorable run. Thank you Phil Jackson, we are very thankful for you great output . Maybe just maybe they will have a place or create a place in the office. So Jeannie and you can still be close together. Any way take care of your health and enjoy your retirement. With Kobe, Pau and Artest and if a pure three-pointer shooter is added they might still get the unreachable three-peat.

PHIL DON'T RETIRE....BUT IF YOU DO...GIVE ME JEANNIE

PHIL DON'T RETIRE....BUT IF YOU DO...GIVE ME JEANNIE

Dang... all this "talk" makes me miss the Magic Man even more. 6'9" unselfish, win at all costs ball handling PG. It will never get better than that. I enjoyed his game more than MJ and Kobe... WIth those guys, you knew what you would get: non-stop shooting till they fell... Magic - you didn't know what you were gonna get: a dazzling no look pass, an impossible 3 pointer and mad ball handling skills which was the constant. Sorry folks, but for me: that's "magical" entertainment!

Phil Jackson is a racist pos who endorses racial profiling of minorities!

He should retire...to Arizona...or is it ARYANazona?

Phil Jackson is a racist pos who endorses racial profiling of minorities!

He should retire...to Arizona...or is it ARYANazona?

BTW: "GIVE ME JEANNIE

BTW: "GIVE ME JEANNIE

BYRON SCOTT THE COACH FROM SHOWTIME LAKERS....
BYRON SCOTT THE COACH FROM SHOWTIME LAKERS....
BYRON SCOTT THE COACH FROM SHOWTIME LAKERS....
BYRON SCOTT THE COACH FROM SHOWTIME LAKERS....
BYRON SCOTT THE COACH FROM SHOWTIME LAKERS....

Phil thanks for 5 titles and please enjoy fly fishing and who knows I might run into you in one of the streams in Montana!!

JEANNIE IS MINE AND NO ONE CAN HAVE HER!

frmkt:

Yeah no one like Magic man, what fun it was to watch then..now it is all about I I i i i I i i.. look at me, look at my legacy, I am the greatest. i have more cars than you, look at me, look at me dribble dribble and shoot with 4 players on my back and make the shot..i am so good..

Yeah no one like Magic man, what fun it was to watch then..now it is all about I I i i i I i i.. look at me, look at my legacy, I am the greatest. i have more cars than you, look at me, look at me dribble dribble and shoot with 4 players on my back and make the shot..i am so good..Posted by: FAN | June 23, 2010 at 03:33 PM
And I guess throwing a fancy no look pass when a simple bounce pass would do is not about hey, hey look at me. I, I, I!

Yeah no one like Magic man, what fun it was to watch then..now it is all about I I i i i I i i.. look at me, look at my legacy, I am the greatest. i have more cars than you, look at me, look at me dribble dribble and shoot with 4 players on my back and make the shot..i am so good..Posted by: FAN | June 23, 2010 at 03:33 PM
And I guess throwing a fancy no look pass when a simple bounce pass would do is not about hey, hey look at me. I, I, I!

I understand there comes that day when you know. It would be nice to have a retirement tour where he could be recognized and appreciated in each city as he bids for another threepeat!

I think Jackson will stay at least one more year, and then I really think that the next coach of the Lakers will be Derek Fisher. He has Kobe's ear and Kobe's respect. Not only that, but, with all due respect to Kobe and Gasol, Fisher is probably the most intelligent man on the team. He knows basketball, and he has proven that he can comfortably handle the media.


Kurt Rambis is stuck in Minnesota and Byron Scott is supposedly heading to Cleveland. The current crop of assistants seem to be best kept as assistants. Cleamons has coached before, Shaw is not ready, and Hamblen was there for the half-season after Tomjanovich had to leave. Remember how Hamblen always said his job was temporary? I know that they wanted Jackson back at the time, but I still don't see anybody outside of Fisher or Scott, if Scott bypasses Cleveland, being in line for the job.


Rambis blew it; he should have waited, especially after Jackson floated that idea last off-season about him being co-coach (for all of the road games).

Some "off-the-cuff" remarks from Psycorp:

"I don't think you can deny the fact that Phil Jackson has also been the LUCKIEST coach in the history of the NBA."

If "luck" is all that's needed to win championships, then the Celtics, with their 4-leaf clover emblem and the lucky leprechaun should win every year.

He's had a boatload of gargantuan talents to win championships with."

Lessee, in the last 25 years, MJ, Pippen, Kobe, Pau, Odom...there's your boatload. The rest were fair to middlin' players. Two great players on one team is NOT a boatload.

"...show the world he was indeed a miracle worker and could walk on water!"

If you want miracles and walking on water, call Jesus Christ himself; if you want NBA championships, call Phil

IDK why he's hating on Phil, but I do know why he calls himself Psycorp. Someone else needs to thank his or her psychiatrist!

PLEASE Coach Phil!!! Give the Lakers one more run...

Forget Shaq. Kobe's new goal should be to get more rings than Phil Jackson -- 3 more as a player and the rest as coach of the Lakers.

One potential scenario is that they groom one of the assistant coaches to take over in 2012 - Jackson could coach home games in 2011 and playoffs and the deputy coach who understands the players and the system could handle away games.

One potential scenario is that they groom one of the assistant coaches to take over in 2012 - Jackson could coach home games in 2011 and playoffs and the deputy coach who understands the players and the system could handle away games.

"It’s certainly not about money," he said. "It’s not the issue."


If only I had a nickel everytime someone said that, I would be a billionaire by now.
For a cool $20M or $25M, he would coach any team now. This is his way of starting the bid process.
well done, Mr.Jackson, congrats on your successes. You have made yourself a name in the history of NBA and Basketball.

Another mind Game? I hope so....we need him.

When are these young pups gonna get it? Now pfunk36 is tryna diss Phil. The triangle is not exciting enough for him...like a little child he wants to see explosions and karate kicks; not the boring, old-fogey triangle offense that has won ELEVEN CHAMPIONSHIPS. No, he wants to have cheap thrills with PG play a la CP3 and lose all the time like he does. Yeah, let's do that! Let's listen to pfunk36...after all he has much more better ideas than the man who has won ELEVEN CHAMPIONSHIPS. What the heck does Phil know anyways? He's only won ELEVEN CHAMPIONSHIPS...if he had won two-hundred and eleven championships, then maybe people would take him seriously.

Wait, did I forget to mention Phil's ELEVEN CHAMPIONSHIPS?!?!?
(And these are Lakers fans, right?)

DRIBBLE,, DRIBBLE DRIBBLE:

Kobe for LBJ and guarantee 8 titles!

You people crack me up! (and you all should be lining up at Ron Ron's shrink's door!) The litany of whines about "PJ"(btw, who among you is close enough to him to call him that?)is endless. You carp about his team not being exciting enough. He sits on his hands instead of calling timeouts. The books, the wisecracks, all of the things that ARE the greatest PRO basketball coach of our time are the very things you want to gripe about.
Until he wins, as he just did again...he's yer guy...again.
Until he is ready to walk. Then you got everybody from Fish (what?) to Rambis(huh?) to Coach K(how many times does he have to say no?) lined up to take his spot. There is nobody to take his spot...to take this team to the promised land again. Check the Laker history books. Look at the lapses between great head coaches. They coincide, amazingly enough, with not winning championships.
This team will be lucky to make the conference finals next year and every year after that until they find another great head coach. So don't hold yer collective breath.
You look good in purple...you would not look good turning purple!!!
ps The only coach that could take this team over tomorrow and get them another ring is Popovich. And I think he may be busy.

He has noting left to prove. He's had a stellar career. Let the man enjoy the years he has left.

The glass is not half empty, it's half full! Or... I'm not really a Phil hater it's just that you are blinded by the (nine) blings! Just trying to keep it in perspective here.

If the number of bling is the real value of greatness then how about this (piece-de-resistance):

In light of his ELEVEN rings, how many Coach-of-the-Year award have Phil garnered from truly knowledgeable basketball experts and media pundits? that is from people who lives and breathes and lives basketball?

>> DRIBBLE,, DRIBBLE DRIBBLE:

Kobe for LBJ and guarantee 8 titles!

Posted by: FAN | June 23, 2010 at 04:50 PM

I SAY AYE!

ill coach the team and all ill do is follow his script of resting players during the game and season..my only health issue is ingrown toenails.

**yawn**

More mind games from Phil; you're being played.

If it is about Phil`s health then thank you for all the great years. Enjoy your retirement. If it is about buss putting the money squeeze on you I wish you the best where ever you coach. We have seen this before with Buss he decides to go cheap and he will break up the team. If so then fisher is next and it would not be a suprise to see one of the superstars go.

"Phil leaning toward retirement..." and the rest of us are leaning toward reality. Come on - aren't there really more important things to be concerned about than whether some overpaid, self important blowhard gets millions of dollars a year to lead a bunch of genetic freaks around to bounce a ball? Real sorry that the proposed "pay cut" (can you say that with a straight face at these levels?) has you "leaning." Maybe the girlfriend can float you a loan, I hear she has connections... Seriously, the open road is calling and maybe you should take it before the fans trash the place again...besides, I hear old Jeanie's already shopping around, at her age can't afford to take chances don't ya know.

test

If the Lakers played their cards right, they might be able to pry Kurt Rambis from the Timberwolves for Kobe and a number 1.

"Leaning toward retiring." Translation: "I want more money (or at least no pay cut) and I'm pretending I might leave so that you'll meet my salary demands."

he wants to coach lbj... he'll have coached 4 of the last goatS... that's going out on top! can you imagine if he gets lbj a ring? that's a resume. mj, kobe, shaq & lbj. he'll win with shaq there too.

Phil goes ,Chis Paul arrives.

The real question is who the Lakers give up to get him.

I think Andrew. and maybe Lamar. Then we get another big man.
Lke Kayman????(I can't even spell his name.oh dear...)

Phil Jackson = 11 championships enough said. Maybe he's tired of LA like a lot of people and prefers to be in Montana. Maybe when people protested him, he decided that's enough, I am outta here.

"It’s certainly not about money," he said. "It’s not the issue."

So, it's about the money, then...

I hope Phil Jackson stays, but I think that he is going to retire.

Whether Phil stays or retires, I wish him the best, as I am sure that all Lakers fans, Bulls fans and NBA fans do. Having a chance for a fourth threepeat isn't a reason to stay. After doing it three times, one more won't add anything significant to his coaching legacy. I'm not sure that his health will permit it...and if he's not sure, then it is definitely time to walk away. I'll let others argue about who the best NBA coach was or is. It is undisputed that PJ is the winningest coach in NBA history as far as championships are concerned.

Whatever decision Phil makes, I hope that he makes it fairly soon. He needs to make it after taking a vacation...not now with the season still fresh in his mind. If PJ is going to retire, the Lakers need to move on and pick their next head coach because he is going to have a lot of work to work to do before next season starts.

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>>>Phil Jackson is a racist pos who endorses racial profiling of minorities!

He never said that. What he said was that he didn't think sports teams should promote political agendas. I disagree with him, I think anyone or any organization actor, sports team, athlete, musician, whatever, should be able to promote a political agenda, whether I'm for it or against it.

But I respect Phil's right to have a contrary opinion, and I will defend your false accusation about his position.

This is part of the over-reacting reactionary thing: anyone who doesn't agree with me AND is actively campaigning with me must be against me.

What they did in Arizona is a travesty. But just because Phil doesn't like the idea of the Suns making a political statement doesn't mean he supports racial profiling.

Sportzfreek,

>>>MJ, Pippen, Kobe, Pau, Odom...there's your boatload.

uh...

you might have forgotten someone.

You know. The elephant in the room. If those 5 are a boatload, then this guy needs his own barge (just to carry his ego).

phil is usually about brinkmanship but for some reason i can see where he could actually retire this time. this was probably the toughest season he has had in regards to coaching and if it weren't for the c's losing perkins lakers probably wouldn't have won the ring and i think he knows that.

anyway it is always better to go out on top and ideally it would be the best time for him to retire and leaving us wondering what could have been instead of returning and next year being a disastous season and possibly bowing out early, etc. ron's hunger helped win at the end, unless they bring in more hungry vets, it might not happen again.

get dirk to L.A.

get dirk to L.A. he will take the pay cut. we could use him if drew gets hurt hopefully not tho !!!! but he could be a big part of another run at the title! a few years back when ron went to sac i told every one that we should have got him and now i say get dirk!!! DIRK COME TO L.A.!!!!!!


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