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Pre-season question of the day: Is this really Phil Jackson's last season?

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Phil Jackson sat in his chair, appearing as relaxed as ever. His smile and yellow-button shirt complemented the California summer vibes. His observation that exit interviews feel more enjoyable after a championship exuded a sense of ease. And with the burden of going through yet another NBA season ending with his 11th title, it appeared only logical that Jackson would be eager to experience it again.

But then Jackson wrote the headline for the next morning's local sports pages: "I'm leaning toward retiring. But I have not made up my mind." After a few seconds of stunned silence, a reporter observed: "It got quiet on that one there."

That followed with a nearly 21-minute interview featuring questions and answers that seemed more of a sendoff for a job well done. It wasn't so much the words that gave that impression: Jackson stressed he wouldn't make an official decision until results from a series of medical tests came in the following week. Reporters, including myself, framed questions that conveyed understanding that Jackson may change his mind, while still tackling the variables on what could ultimately lead him to retirement. But once Jackson shared his litany of concerns -- mainly exhaustion and health -- he sounded burned out and ready for a vacation.

That's apparently all he needed to change his spirits. Two weeks later, the team announced Jackson's return, with the Zen Master saying in a statement, “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its title in the 2010-11 season." He later told The Times' Mike Bresnahan, "I got a message from on high … that said, 'Phil, you've got to come back, there is a need to fulfill the prophecy. You know 12 [titles] is a holy number and 11 just doesn't fill that …' So I listened to my doctors and watched the sunrise and the sunset a few times and voila, I'm back."

Lakers nation could finally relax. Though the free-agency process just began, the Lakers had already addressed their main concern. Jackson would have a chance to win his fourth three-peat, keep the triangle offense intact and maintain the levelheaded attitude that helped the Lakers fight through adversity. The good news came with a qualifier, however. "It’ll be the last stand for me," Jackson said, "and I hope a grand one.”

Despite Jackson's statement, a preseason question surely involves whether this season actually marks the end of storied coaching career. I hesitate to predict what will happen, but I wouldn't take his initial statement as definitive. 

52543555There's plenty of people among the Lakers who hope this isn't Jackson's last season.

Owner Jerry Buss said he's not looking forward to planning for Jackson's departure. General Manager Mitch Kupchak expressed a willingness to negotiate once the 2010-2011 season ends. And Lakers forward Luke Walton recently told Lakers.com's Mike Trudell, "I know he said this is going to be his last year, but I’m going to try to convince him after this year to come back again." I wouldn't be surprised if other players follow suit.

It's simply hard to ascertain when Jackson is going to retire because he's wavered so many times before. During his exit interview earlier this year, he shared how his children tried to convince him to call it quits even when he was coaching the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s. In a feature on Jackson filled with vivid description and lively anecdotes, Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins shared this quote: "If you asked me last February if I was going to continue to coach, I'd have given you a long look and said, "Probably not.'" The kicker: Jackson uttered those words to SI 14 years ago, before his second three-peat with the Bulls.

There have been circumstances that made Jackson believe his time was up. Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and General Manager Jerry Krause went through an ugly divorce with most of the players as well as Jackson, which partly led to the team's breakup after the second three-peat. But the lure of guiding a talented but young Lakers team for the 1999-2000 season enticed Jackson. He had a good thing going, what with immediately three-peating, but all the infighting between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant eventually contributed to the Lakers' 2004 Finals loss to Detroit. Surely, Jackson's departure followed by the publication of "The Last Season" meant he'd never come back. But he did a season later, went through a few first-round exits to Phoenix and then experienced three consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

Jackson's decision to prolong his coaching career hasn't just been circumstantial. He shared how spending time at his Montana lakeside home most summers helps rejuvenate him and ease the exhaustion and stress he accumulates during the NBA season. If his wavering sounds like Brett Favre's, it shouldn't. His health has mostly dictated his coaching future. If his wavering sounds like Jackson is a prisoner to his profession, much like Joe Paterno, it shouldn't. Jackson made it abundantly clear in his exit interview that he wants to pursue other aspirations, although undefined, and ensure that his post-retirement life stays fulfilling. That's why no one should expect that Jackson will coach for too much longer. Even if his initial statement establishes an expiration date, the course of events could dictate otherwise, at least for another season or two.

"It's an inner feeling that you assess the price and what it takes to do and how much time you have left to live and live a life that you want to lead," Jackson said. "And also, for myself, try and get in better health than I am now so I can live a better life."

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina.

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Photos: Phil Jackson Credits: Wally Skalij /Los Angeles Times; Gina Ferazzi /Los Angeles Times

 
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I'd like to say no, but I think it's his last season. I just can't imagine anyone who could even come close to his coaching. Dang, sad already!

Dang, sad already! Posted by: longtimelakerlover | September 20, 2010 at 08:18 AM
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Stop it longtimelakerlover! Stop it now! You're going to make me cry! *sniff* *sniff*

ONLY 5 DAYS TO TRAINING CAMP…
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Some excellent pre-camp reads for Bynum-Backers and Lakerholics:
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CAN ANDREW BYNUM REPLACE KOBE BRYANT AS THE FACE OF THE LA LAKERS?
By Hadari Jones for Bleacher Report
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ANDREW BYNUM: BIG MAN MUST COME UP BIG IN LAKERS’ THREE-PEAT BID
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TOP FIVE LAKERS TRAINING CAMP STORIES YOU SOON BE READING
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Niners must win tonight against the World Champion New Orleans Saints…
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PLG / TNT - great profiles - so nice to meet you both. Although pictures would have helped - a LOT - LOL!! You are both classy bloggers and classy people, and I'm honored to share this little corner of cyberspace with both of you.

Mamba in the Morning - ahhhhhhhh - all is right with the world.

Some excellent pre-camp reads for Bynum-Backers and Lakerholics: Posted by: LakerTom | September 20, 2010 at 08:32 AM
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LakerTom you have indeed set the Breeakfast table for us with your selections. From what I have read so far, yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR! Now I'm going to shut up and go back to enjoy this meal you have served up sir. Thanks!
Mamba24/larrY

Mamba in the Morning - ahhhhhhhh - all is right with the world. Posted by: justanothermambafan | September 20, 2010 at 08:38 AM
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Good Morning Justanothermambafan(Head of the Mamba Clan), being a Lakerholic means that everything is always right with the world. I presume you, like I, have not sought treatment for this malady. Lol!

Oscar? Dodgers owner? I think not!


This is Phil's farewell tour. I have accepted it. I will be praying all season long that he goes out on top as a CHAMPION!

Mamba24, Like someone else noticed you really never left aka 8on8. But it is very good to see you back and as your old self. Welcome back officially as Mamba24 and go back to doing your thing! Posted by: JustaLakerFan | September 17, 2010 at 07:02 PM
JUSTALAKERFAN, Lol, Thanks for the welcome back sir! You are a better man than I . My sincere apologies for any pain anything I may have said or did in the past caused you.
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Posted by: Mamba24 | September 18, 2010 at 12:45 AM
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Mamba24,
Oh no sir, I disagree. I am in no way a better man than you. Let's just say we are uniquely different individuals that make up the whole of Laker Nation and it is all good.
I too sincerely apologise for my comments and things said causing hurt and pain. The things said in the moments of anger are regrettable and I should never have let the ugly side of me show. You deserve better than that.
Peace brother.

I will be praying all season long that he goes out on top as a CHAMPION!

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You and me and the entire assembly of Lakerholics in the world, utz....

MM- I'm saying no way PJ can retire after this years' 3peat. But that's probably my heart speaking more than my head.

The things said in the moments of anger are regrettable and I should never have let the ugly side of me show. You deserve better than that. Peace brother. Posted by: JustaLakerFan | September 20, 2010 at 08:47 AM
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Damnnnn, I wish I had said that! Peace right back at you brother and thanks!
Mamab24/larrY

But that's probably my heart speaking more than my head. Posted by: LRob | September 20, 2010 at 08:54 AM
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When in doubt go with the heart! Lol!

Can this season start already!!! I'll be at Game 1 watching the banner go up, and watching Ron Artest get his 1st ring!

LakerTom,

Thanks for sharing the Bynum articles. They really got me pumped to see AB develop into the force we all want to see.

A couple of things I disagreed with on the 3peat article. It didn't talk about his defense as being a key. It also said he had a much higher bball IQ than Howard. I thought that was an unnecesary shot at DH. DH is a smart player, but Bynum is blessed with some super intelligent teammates like Kobe, Pau, Fish, Artest, etc.

LakerTom - GREAT articles on Bynum - thanks for sharing! I can't wait for this season to begin. I truly hope this year is THE breakout year for Socks. I want to see all that upside put to good use LOL!!

Mamba,

Now that I've seen roll call I'm energized and ready to roll.
This classic is for you sir...the "King" of roll calls and bandwagons.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXzWlPL_TKw

Good morning Laker Nation!

Phil's last season? I could see that, and If so it will be a sad time next summer for Laker fans. However, if the 11/12 season is lockout shortened like everyone thinks I could see him coming back for a half season to try something he's never done before, a 4-peat!

Now that I've seen roll call I'm energized and ready to roll.
This classic is for you sir...the "King" of roll calls and bandwagons. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXzWlPL_TKw Posted by: LRob | September 20, 2010 at 09:10 AM
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LRob you know you speak my language sir! Lol! Yep!!

This year will be the 3-peat.

Next year will be Quat-Row.

PJ will be there - it will be fabulous and make history!!

You read it here first, folks.

I hope you patent that right now...cause I'm thinking bout stealing it! Lol!

It is absurd to even mention Favre in Jackson's wavering on his coaching future for one biggest simple reason; Jackson never once shed a tear unlike you-know-who.

Use your own words, Larry. Don't take mine. :)

Use your own words, Larry. Don't take mine. :) Posted by: justanothermambafan | September 20, 2010 at 09:21 AM
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Just playing with ya mam! Lol!


5 day countdown and we have an awesome roll call to start the week! Thanks Larry.

Justa - thanks so much. Camera shy.

As for the PQOTD: I voted no but then if we win - he might just say he's retiring to go out on top. But if we don't (please pray) have any major injuries, he might just say okay give it another go so he can be part of the "one more banner than the C's". So maybe I should have voted IDK?

But Zen is all about the signs. I don't think we will see many outward signs - during the season, I hope MM can give us some inside the El Segundo insight. If he starts allowing B. Shaw and others to be in the glare, then maybe that's a sign he's willing to let go.

During games if there are any changes in timeouts, halftime, scouting, etc. - that might supply us some clues.

At the end of the day, it might be Jeanie tweeting out clues. So none of my prognostications will be worth anything. It is Hollywood, right?

Cheers - PLG

It is Hollywood, right? Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | September 20, 2010 at 09:26 AM
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Sure ya right PLG! And a Good Lakers morning to you mam. Wonderful bloggers profile. But it was just missing one lil thing Psyched! Lol

Good morning Lakerholics,

That's the year! I want this one SOOOOOOOOOOO BAD!
Kobe ties MJ, we tie the Chowds, PJ gets his 4th 3-peat.

There's simply too much at stake.

If this is going to be PJ last stand, I don't know. But we need to rebuild at a certain point and the 3-peat is necessary.

Thanks Larry for your OUT FREAKIN STANDING roll-call
Thanks Laker Tom, the breakfast is SUPERB!

By God is that a Magic Phil sighting we have here. He of the amazing skills. Good morning sir and I still remain in awe of you. Thanks for the kind words. Now use some of that Magic on the other Phil(11Rings) and make him stay a couple more years! Lol!

This season is more likely PJ's last season. But, how about PJ coaches 41 home games and Shaw coaches 41 away games next year? If PJ steps down, then who is going to be the next coach? Shaw? Coach K? Scott? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

As much as I hate to admit it, I think this may be Phil Jackson's last year. I sure hope not.
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Four 3 peat would be a great exit for Phil. But what if he can win 5 straight in a row, 3 more years Phil. 67 is the new retiring age.


6 Bulls, 8 Lakers - then you can retire.


I dont think Phil will retire with a TRIANGLE perfect roster that includes dominant superstar players (Bynum,Gasol,Kobe)and perfect role players (Odom,Artest,Barnes,Blake).

What is wrong with you people? All of you immediately go get some of Dr. Fattty's Unrecovered Lakerholic tonic and drink liberally!!!!!! This woe is me nonsense simply will not do! PHil is coming back and that is all it is to it...he is isn't he?

Win or lose, Phil retires but we all know he will finish with his 4th 3-peat, finishing his career with the NBA's 2nd best all time shooting guard in the game. What a legacy: he has coached and won with some of the biggest names in the league. The guy is just a KILLER DUDE and THE BEST COACH IN NBA HISTORY, bar none...

GO LAKERS!!

I dont think Phil will retire with a TRIANGLE perfect roster that includes dominant superstar players (Bynum,Gasol,Kobe)and perfect role players (Odom,Artest,Barnes,Blake).

Posted by: Staples 24 | September 20, 2010 at 09:47 AM
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That's an excellent point!

I think this may really be Phil's last year. But he treats every one like the last (part of his self motivation, I think) so it is hard to tell.


I am working on making an offer for the Dodgers myself. I've got verything but the money.

Good morning everyone!

This will be Philip's last season. He has committed to that and I take his word for it. I think that (not so) secretly, he wants to go out with a great season and his fourth three-peat. Then he can write another book where he can proclaim once and for all that Kobe Bryant was the greatest player he ever coached.

LT

Thanks for the Bynum articles. They should get things rocking and rolling in here because the Bashers will come fully equipped with their anti-Bynum stats, injury history, Sam Bowie/Greg Oden comparisons and knocked kneed/wide pelvis arguments to refute the amateur authors from the
Bleacher Report.

Go Niners! Most solid teams who lost on the road last week took care of business at home in Week 2. This will be a great test to show whether or not they're a good team with playoff potential.

Go Lakers! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Hurry folks immediately drink the tonic! The Longer you delay the more this malady will spread!!!

Repeat after me: GREED IS GOOD...WHY BE SATISFIED WITH 17 TITLES WHEN WE CAN HAVE 20?. WHY BE SATISFIED WITH A 3 PEAT WHEN WE CAME HAVE A DOUBLE 3-PEAT AND WIN 6 IN A ROW? ARE YOU WITH ME? THEY MAY TAKE OUR SMUSH & KWAME BUT THEY WILL NEVER TAKE OUR PHIL JACKSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

it may be Phil's last year as head coach, but i wouldn't be surprised if he took a lesser role, such as Tex's old job of consultant, at least as long as the Lakers keep the present system intact.

regardless, i come to this site for info. i like all the others here have no idea what will actually happen. that's the fun in life. only Phil, if any human being knows, knows. and that is not even a surety...

c'mon MM, you're doing a great job keeping the dialog going, but you're asking some silly questions of us lately...

SAINTS VS. NINERS & RAYS VS. YANKEES !!!
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What better way to get ready for another Lakers championship season than watching the Niners clobber the Saints and the Yankees take care of the Rays. A daily double header win on the way to Tom’s Triple Header.
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TOM

I think this may really be Phil's last year. But he treats every one like the last (part of his self motivation, I think) so it is hard to tell.


I am working on making an offer for the Dodgers myself. I've got verything but the money.

Posted by: Tom Daniels | September 20, 2010 at 09:52 AM

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Now that is classic! LOL
Wish I had the money too.

I don't think this will be PJ's last year.
He will get the 3-peat and be re-energised to get the record not done yet, the 4-peat. Yes justanothermambafan you said it first. Well done.

Well, I was on the Bench Mob Bandwagon for those early days of Farmar and company. My own screen name was anathema to me last season as our bench gave up lead after lead. Maybe this year I can be proud of it again. Go Super-Bench 2010!

Here's an article on the potential lockout. Man I want my NBA!!!!!

http://www.denverpost.com/dempsey/ci_16120103

@LROB, good article and the answer is yes! The fans will come back if there is a strike. At least the Lakerholic fans will come back. Lol! Thanks for the Link!

Bynum & Sasha for 'Melo. It works salary-wise.

Who would do it? Who wouldn't do it?

Laker Tom,

Not everyone here thinks or wants the Yankees to take care of the Rays :)
Hopefully Jeeter is done with his pretend HBP's.

Should be a good series though, the two best teams in the league going at it, though those Twins are coming on strong.

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As for Phil, I don't think even he knows for sure if this is his last year or not if the Lakers win it all again.
However, if the Lakers don't win it all I feel sure he will call it quits.

mud - I'm not sure any of the pre-season questions have been silly (OK, except asking if PJ should wear a beard). Every question I've asked has been debated a lot in this forum.

MM

justa - from 1 to another - thanks!

(And if I didn't actually say it first, then I'm taking credit for it anyways LOL)

LT


Some very impressive notes about the importance of Bynum. Bynum 30-15 in the Finals against either Meat or Septics and a Finals MVP, Wow! I'm a Bynum fan, but even me thinks 18 pts 10 rebs and 2 blks per game is enough for Lakers to 3 peat. But yeah, sky is the limit for a maturing body of Bynum at 23 years of age. Strength will be evident in Bynum's game this season, it could be overpowering to his opponents.


I like the most about Bynum and Gasol, the two most offensive skilled big man in the paint today.


I also like a lot the Abdul-Jabbar's effect on Bynum's footwork, creating big target for passers, accurate passing and positioning on rebounding.


PJ needs to complete the 3 peat first...then we can talk retiring...

Will he be able to walk away, and pass up the opportunity for the 'quat row' (nice justa)...

One peat at a time...I just want PJ to go out winning...he deserves it...

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ONE PEAT AT A TIME...WE JUST WANT PJ TO GO OUT WINNING - BANDWAGON
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(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER - Will he be able to walk away, and pass up the opportunity for the 'quat row' (nice justa)...One peat at a time...I just want PJ to go out winning...he deserves it...
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Next year will be Quat-Row. PJ will be there - it will be fabulous and make history!! You read it here first, folks.
(03) MAMAB24 - RIDING SHOTGUN1- Heck yeah I'm on board.
(04) MAGIC PHIL -RIDING SHOTGUN2

If, no when, we win our 17th Championship, Phil will not be able to leave with out another stab at four in a row. He has a really good group of guys and I don't think he'd be able to walk away from that. He's too competitive to let the Miami's of the world take over while Kobe and gang can still produce!!! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!:)

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ONE PEAT AT A TIME...WE JUST WANT PJ TO GO OUT WINNING - BANDWAGON
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(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER - PJ needs to complete the 3 peat first...then we can talk retiring...Will he be able to walk away, and pass up the opportunity for the 'quat row' (nice justa)...One peat at a time...I just want PJ to go out winning...he deserves it...
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Next year will be Quat-Row. PJ will be there - it will be fabulous and make history!! You read it here first, folks.
(03) MAMAB24 - RIDING SHOTGUN1- Heck yeah I'm on board.
(04) MAGIC PHIL -RIDING SHOTGUN2
(05) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - If, no when, we win our 17th Championship, Phil will not be able to leave with out another stab at four in a row. He has a really good group of guys and I don't think he'd be able to walk away from that. He's too competitive to let the Miami's of the world take over while Kobe and gang can still produce!!! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!:)

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ONE PEAT AT A TIME...WE JUST WANT PJ TO GO OUT WINNING - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER - CHAPLAIN - This is Phil's farewell tour. I have accepted it. I will be praying all season long that he goes out on top as a CHAMPION
(02) LEWSTRS - OWNER - PJ needs to complete the 3 peat first...then we can talk retiring...Will he be able to walk away, and pass up the opportunity for the 'quat row' (nice justa)...One peat at a time...I just want PJ to go out winning...he deserves it...
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Next year will be Quat-Row. PJ will be there - it will be fabulous and make history!! You read it here first, folks.
(04) MAMAB24 - RIDING SHOTGUN1- Heck yeah I'm on board.
(05) MAGIC PHIL -RIDING SHOTGUN2
(06) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - If, no when, we win our 17th Championship, Phil will not be able to leave with out another stab at four in a row. He has a really good group of guys and I don't think he'd be able to walk away from that. He's too competitive to let the Miami's of the world take over while Kobe and gang can still produce!!! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!:)
(07)CYBER CosmiX - I believe that Phil, from this point on, is going to take it year by year, season by season. Signing 1-year contracts from now on, whatever. I think what he means by 'last stand' he is more referring to this particular team, core members being signed for another 3 seasons. I believe that is what he's referring to (OK, I'll admit, a lot of hopeful thinking there!!!).
(08)EDWIN GUECO - I think Phil will only exit if the Lakers don't make it to the top or else the show must go on. I also believe Phil will coach again after a rest of one year, not with the Lakers but to his home team where he originated, that's NY Knicks. In Maslow's Pyramid, Hierarchy of Needs, it is said that human beings are motivated by unsatisfied needs, therefore an individual would like to accomplish some more......PJ is now at the level of satisfying his self esteem as a 3peat Coach, he would want to fulfill more challenges in trying to reach that self actualization, helping the Knicks to a run for Championship.
(09) LROB - MM- I'm saying no way PJ can retire after this years' 3peat. But that's probably my heart speaking more than my head.
(10) TROYB - Phil's last season? I could see that, and If so it will be a sad time next summer for Laker fans. However, if the 11/12 season is lockout shortened like everyone thinks I could see him coming back for a half season to try something he's never done before, a 4-peat!
(11) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - As for the PQOTD: I voted no but then if we win - he might just say he's retiring to go out on top. But if we don't (please pray) have any major injuries, he might just say okay give it another go so he can be part of the "one more banner than the C's". So maybe I should have voted IDK? But Zen is all about the signs. I don't think we will see many outward signs - during the season, I hope MM can give us some inside the El Segundo insight. If he starts allowing B. Shaw and others to be in the glare, then maybe that's a sign he's willing to let go. During games if there are any changes in timeouts, halftime, scouting, etc. - that might supply us some clues. At the end of the day, it might be Jeanie tweeting out clues. So none of my prognostications will be worth anything. It is Hollywood, right?
(12) LAKER PEACE - This season is more likely PJ's last season. But, how about PJ coaches 41 home games and Shaw coaches 41 away games next year? If PJ steps down, then who is going to be the next coach? Shaw? Coach K? Scott? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?
(13) JON K - As much as I hate to admit it, I think this may be Phil Jackson's last year. I sure hope not.
(14) STAPLES 24 - Four 3 peat would be a great exit for Phil. But what if he can win 5 straight in a row, 3 more years Phil. 67 is the new retiring age. 6 Bulls, 8 Lakers - then you can retire. I dont think Phil will retire with a TRIANGLE perfect roster that includes dominant superstar players (Bynum,Gasol,Kobe)and perfect role players (Odom,Artest,Barnes,Blake).
(15) FRMKT - Win or lose, Phil retires but we all know he will finish with his 4th 3-peat, finishing his career with the NBA's 2nd best all time shooting guard in the game. What a legacy: he has coached and won with some of the biggest names in the league. The guy is just a KILLER DUDE and THE BEST COACH IN NBA HISTORY, bar none...
(16) TOM DANIELS - I think this may really be Phil's last year. But he treats every one like the last (part of his self motivation, I think) so it is hard to tell.
I am working on making an offer for the Dodgers myself. I've got verything but the money.
(17) KOBEMVP888 - This will be Philip's last season. He has committed to that and I take his word for it. I think that (not so) secretly, he wants to go out with a great season and his fourth three-peat. Then he can write another book where he can proclaim once and for all that Kobe Bryant was the greatest player he ever coached.
(18) MUD - may be Phil's last year as head coach, but i wouldn't be surprised if he took a lesser role, such as Tex's old job of consultant, at least as long as the Lakers keep the present system intact. regardless, i come to this site for info. i like all the others here have no idea what will actually happen. that's the fun in life. only Phil, if any human being knows, knows. and that is not even a surety...
(19) JUSTALAKERFAN - I don't think this will be PJ's last year. He will get the 3-peat and be re-energised to get the record not done yet, the 4-peat. Yes justanothermambafan you said it first. Well done.
(20) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - As for Phil, I don't think even he knows for sure if this is his last year or not if the Lakers win it all again. However, if the Lakers don't win it all I feel sure he will call it quits.
(21)

i'm a little confused. pj is coming back for this season, right?. if not so be it but i think people are already grieving his leaving. i think that the zen master will remind you of the impermanence of everything, so enjoy it while we have this new adventure to win another threepeat

@MAMBA24… Put me on the 1-peat at a time bandwagon. After we 3-peat this year and Drew has his healthy breakout year, Phil will be revitalized that he will opt to stay for 3 more years, which will give Derek Fisher at least 2 years as an assistant before he takes over for Phil after the 6-peat shooting for the Lakers 10th NBA championship in this century. What could be sweeter than Fish taking over for the 7-peat?
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TOM

I'm also one that thinks Phil will retire. Like Mud, I wouldn't be surprised to see him stay on in some capacity however. He's mentioned it obliquely in the past.

Could Oscar De La Hoya be the next owner of the Dodgers?Last updated: September 18, 2010 at 16:01

On Thursday, we heard from former Dodgers owner Peter O' Malley as he thinks that Frank McCourt should sell the Dodgers.

If McCourt does end up selling the team, add former boxer Oscar De La Hoya to the list of potential buyers.

“Interested? Are you kidding me? It would be an honor to somehow be involved with the Dodgers,” De La Hoya told 710 ESPN in Los Angeles. “We are born, raised and live here in L.A. We are very, very interested. We would be on top of it. Hopefully something will come out of it. Obviously, there are a lot of problems and issues that have to be resolved. But we're right here waiting and willing.”

In closing he added, “We haven't even thought about putting a group of investors together. But it wouldn't be difficult at all.”
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Utz,

I don't know but curious why you say no way. I think it is in the realm of possibility especially with the right investors like Eli Broad etc.
But I don't know.
So why do you say no way? Curious minds want to know. LOL

PJ not going anywhere yet.
This will be the the call for PJ to stay at end of season.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-enjcgV1o

Dimemag.com reports that Lebron will play some PG.
LeBron is playing point, Bosh is playing center. Sometimes.
By Dime Magazine


After the Heat brought in LeBron and Chris Bosh to play with D-Wade, and the Miami roster began to take shape, the next obvious question was, “Where will they play?” It’s not like the ‘07 Celtics, where it only made sense to plug in Ray Allen at the two and KG at the four because Boston had pieces set in place elsewhere. With this Miami group, having Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo at PG, and everybody yet nobody at center, plus throwing multi-positional Mike Miller into the mix, there are lots of possibilities. Coach Erik Spoelstra cleared up some confusion in an interview with the Miami Herald. According to Coach Spoelstra — contrary to what you’ve been led to believe, Pat Riley is not (yet) the coach of the Heat — Bosh will play some center but not a lot, and LeBron will play some point guard. “He will be a playmaker,” Spoelstra said of LeBron. “But he has also been a scoring champ. He will be at the end of plays to finish them. He will be a facilitator. He’ll be so many different things. We want to take advantage of all his skills.”
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If he does against Lakers we maybe could expect to see Kobe or LO at the point to counter. Whacha think anyone?

Phil Jackson is not Bret Favre, Phil is a man!

Phil told everyone this his last season and I believe Phil is a man of his word.

Phil please stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We need you!

Sadly, I think so. I believe it was Frost who said that nothing gold can stay. I would like to see the Lakers hire Kurt Rambis next year, if he can get out of that contract with the Wolves, he has the experience and respect of the players. He has also implemented the triangle out there in Minnesota, but of course, nobody compares to the Zen Master!

Pre-season question of the day: Is this really Phil Jackson's last season? Phil planned on retiring after last yr but i figured he would come back 1 more yr just 2 get another 3 peat & then he will retire! Phil will have 4 - 3 peats 2 make 12 championships total! 2 - 3peats w/ MICHAEL JORDAN & 2 - 3 peats w/ KOBE BRYANT! Phil had MICHAEL JORDAN, the best all around basketball player 2 ever live & now he has KOBE BRYANT the best basketball player in the world 4 right now that will go down as the 2nd best shooting guard ever! If there was a 2 on 2 tournament, i dont c any 2 winning over M.J. & K.B. in there prime & just imagine if they both played 4 Phil in there prime, lol! Phil will go down as 1 of the greatest coaches in history but u no like always there r going 2b debates & so on especially because Phil had 2 of the best players 2 ever play the game so when its all said & done & phil retires watch the controversey begin! Stay open minded but THOROUGH folks! LOYAL SPORTS FAN: E.


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