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Phil Jackson's determination about coaching future won't deter others from trying to convince him to stay

Having gone this route several times in his coaching career, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson understands the skepticism.

He had mulled leaving the game multiple times during his storied coaching career, only to return rejuvenated and in most cases with another championship ring. An ugly divorce between Bulls management and Jackson led to his departure in 1998 after six championships. It was presumed the same fate would rest with the Lakers after his hasty departure following the 2004 season, capped most notably with his book, "The Last Season," which exposed many inner conflicts within the organization. And Jackson appeared on the verge of leaving again after the 2010 title run, only to need a week's  rest in Montana to find the lure of a fourth three-peat too tempting to pass up.

But with Jackson describing in a statement the 2010-2011 season as his "last stand," he insists there will be no wavering.

"Those things have gone on that contributed to the fact that this is the last year, but maybe," Jackson said. "This year, there is no maybe."

Rolling his eyes, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant wondered why the conversation sparked again in the middle of January and was not saved for the end of the season. But then he waxed nostalgic about a relationship that was once fractured: "It'll be a sad day. I'll be sure to get together with him and go fly fishing at some point."

But there will be many who hope Jackson doesn't get to that point.

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 told me at media day that he and other players plan to try to persuade him to stick around once the season ends. 

"I know it's not probable, but I would like to see Phil stick around another year or two," Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen told me recently. "I don't think he will, but I didn't know if he would stick around for this year, so there's always a possibility."

Jackson's recent statements suggest otherwise, including in an interview with ESPN's Hannah Storm to be aired Sunday during the Lakers-Celtics game: "Most everybody believes I won't fulfill this last-stand promise and I will come back and coach again," Jackson said. "I really want to do this for myself."

Jeanie Buss, Lakers executive vice president and Jackson's longtime girlfriend, echoed those sentiments recently on "The Dan Patrick Show" and in late November to The Times' Lakers blog: "I think he made it clear that this will be the last time around with this team." Even if Buss is echoing Jackson's statements, Hamblen believes she'll continue persuading him to stay. Meanwhile, the rest of the team remains insistent on just finishing the season with another title, believing then that those chips will take care of itself.

"We've been together for so long," Bryant said. "I'm going to make sure I do everything in my power to send him off in the right way."

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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I suppose it should come as no surprise that Laker fans and players just 'don't get' that Phil would rather spend his remaining days in a nice environment, with real people. He won't be back kids, and sadly for him, he won't win another ring...unless the deed is finally done with Jeannie.

I absolutely love the fact that ya'll are totally looking past the Kings tomorrow.
Hope no one gets hurt.

Go Kings!
Go San Francisco Giants!
Sonnybelfast

My mistake...

I meant to say...badly hurt.

Sonnybelfast

Actually...don't be surprised if the Zen Master come's back after a year off...

but to Miami.

That'd be worth another 4 or 5 rings.

Sonnybelfast

I found this article interesting:

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/15336/kobe-bryant-makes-13th-straight-all-star-team-gasol-and-odom-to-follow

I think Brian Kamenetzky should be added to the list of Bynum bashers.

snippet:
Of more immediate concern are the All-Star fates of Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol, and whether they'll fill two of the seven available slots for reserves on the W.C. squad- voted on by coaches in the conference- when the full teams are announced next Thursday. Earlier in the month I questioned whether Gasol was still a lock, thanks to his well-documented December swoon, but he's played well enough since to solidify what seemed automatic after first month of the year. My guess is he'll fill the spot at center vacated by the injured Yao Ming, though Gasol was too diplomatic to say so Thursday afternoon at practice. (I even asked if he thought, just between us, the starting center should be a non-seven foot Chinese fellow whose name still rhymes with "Trau." Still, he wouldn't commit, though Gasol did note his other All-Star nods came as a center.)

Brian Kamenetzky is in his heart a Laker hater.

Andy is okay.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Sonnybelfast,

Dude, you are my absolutely favorite troll.

I actually hope good things for your Kings when they're not playing the Lakers or Clippers...

Please DO NOT get on the Miami Hype bandwagon.

You are better than that.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Are comments still being moderated? If so, I hate it.
No offence, but it's kind of ruined this blog because it takes hours for a good discussion to get going as every comment has to be moderated and by the time they've been moderated MM has posted like 5 new articles.

Jon,

I absolutely do not like the whole Heat scene, and am no fan of Lebron.
I do like Wade though.

But I'm a realist.

Wade AND Lebron, not to mention Bosh, and other pieces which will show up to play for a champion (you know how that works)...Wow!

They've played together but half a season...and are already one of the best,
and they will get MUCH better...hard to imagine.

I'm more inclined to root for San Antonio at the moment...

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

I didn't see the Knicks Heat game.
Curious, I took a peek at the box score.
Either this was one of the strangest games ever, or it's just more proof of how stats alone can never tell the story.
LBJ shoots below 30%, Heat still out-percentage Knicks 41.7--36.1
No Heat makes a three except for James Jones---and he makes five, all of his 15 points
DWade leads Heat with 16 rebounds
Mike Miller plays 21 minutes and shoots the ball three times for goose eggs.

All I can figure is a serious lack of team play.

Anybody actually see it?

On a different topic ...

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=6066180

snippet:
"It's my responsibility to be a threat and that entails many things," Bryant said. "Whether it's scoring the ball or penetrating or whatever it is, it has to be the primary threat to make life easy for the rest of our guys."

So. LakerTom ... can we stop with trying to remake Kobe into Magic
Johnson? He's not the same player and it's not the same team.

So what's with the posting delay already?

Have the forlorned lawyers, p.c. morons, soccer-moms,
and other 'nice' sheeple finally, and completely taken over this board?

Comments should be posted as they come in.
If they are vulgar or threatening, them take them down, of course.

There's gotta be a Wiki-Leak about this somewhere.

Go Kings!
Go Giants!
Go Green Bay! (NoCal Chico, California QB!)

Sonnybelfast

cold-blooded!

http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/2011-NBA-All-Star-starters#photo-title=West%20center:%20Yao%20Ming,%20Rockets&photo=26233020

West center: Yao Ming, Rockets

Deserving? C'mon.

He only played five games before his latest season-ending injury, but Internet voters in China and the lack of a viable alternative put him on the team. Let's face it, no centers on the West ballot deserve this honor.

Early. Back at work (sigh), but it's Friday and Lakers play tonight, nice.
Hopefully Phil splits Fishers and Blakes minutes evenly tonight.

How long will this post take to post. :)

MM,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFUEgFdP5zE

Game day even though it's the Queens.

Interesting that not one Greenie is in as a starter - yeah kind of happy. Pop will probably pick one of his guys as an all-star but it will probably be Manu since he is playing so well and injury free. But he may not pick Manu because he wants him to get rest. Oh, the strategy behind this whole ASG.

I still hope LO gets a nod in recognition of a great season to date. Don't care about either AB or Pau because they could use the rest to gear up, get focused. AB is probably planning a big weekend party at the Mansion anyhow so the ASG might actually get in the way of his real fun.

Back to game day. This is another chance for us to come out defensively and focus on some of the things we need to fix. We've already beaten them twice, let's keep that going (sorry Sonnny B.).

I don't think this will be an overlook game because of Boston. As Ron-Ron said, let's keep the gag order in place and add the blog to it.

Cheers - PLG

LakerTom

The post at 10:55 PM above is a classic example of a loyal Lakers fan seizing on an opportunity to bash Bynum even in the absence of Bynum's name being mentioned. This is how far these Haters will go. I am actually astonished by the lengths you have gone to be civil with this Lakers hating alleged Lakers loyalist.

Well the moderation is a successs. No attacks and no bloggers.

Sonnybelfast....No wonder you spend your time on this blog, being a kings and giants fan. Must be hard on you watching having to watch those guys play.

Just because it's the lowly Kings, doesn't mean we don't do a Game Day Roll Call...Morning Post...checking in!!!

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htj - "I'll take our best two vs.their best two, any day and twice on Sunday."
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Sisi - ConGRATULATIONS MR & MRS BROWN
Lord Farquat - Let's just have a good time watching the LAKERS play tonight
al_franken - it's only 10...you got at least 4 hrs of debauchery
alekesam - Now, folks get time off for everything from a sore muscle to a hangnail.
RickLAfan - For the rest of us fans, this season is yet another great ride....
27 - Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will - Yoda
Romeo Deiparine - Because when reality of the rings comes we are unbeatable. GO LAKERS. GOD SPEED LAKERS
Dan - Call Kobe whatever u want, but he has achieved much more than James, and most importantly...you.
TidalWave - To conclude, the Lakers won't lose or win because of HCA.


Hey guys, a post is being edited right now and should be up fairly soon. I'm sorry for the delay in moderating comments. I do need some sleep after all. But hopefully this staves off the trolls for a bit.

I didn't see the Knicks Heat game.
Curious, I took a peek at the box score.
Either this was one of the strangest games ever, or it's just more proof of how stats alone can never tell the story.
LBJ shoots below 30%, Heat still out-percentage Knicks 41.7--36.1
No Heat makes a three except for James Jones---and he makes five, all of his 15 points
DWade leads Heat with 16 rebounds
Mike Miller plays 21 minutes and shoots the ball three times for goose eggs.
All I can figure is a serious lack of team play.
Anybody actually see it?
Posted by: random lurker | January 28, 2011 at 05:04 AM

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I saw the 4th quarter. The Knicks finally hit some 3’s and play good D. Miami ran strictly isolation plays for Lebron and DWade and neither was effective in the 4th. NY switched all picks and packed in their D in the paint and Miami missed all their outside shots. Steve Kerr was very critical of Miami’s lack of ball movement and talked about how this type of bball won’t work against the better teams in the playoffs.

@Lewstrs...Roll Call, Coffee, and GAME DAY.A beginning to a great day! John Hollinger has to be the worst Laker Hater AND Kobe hater above all. At ESPN.com/NBA True Hoop, he has a very negative article about THE TRUTH ABOUT KOBE IN CRUNCH TIME. Every year same old story, by his facts and calculations, the Laker's are always ranked behind the other good team's and EVERY YEAR they prove him to be an IDIOT!!!! Go Lakers!!

Weighing in on the issues of the day:


1) PJ is one of the handful of greatest coaches ever in the NBA. As a Laker fan, I feel immensely fortunate that he came here and brought us 7 Finals trips and 5 titles ... so far. The fact his owner, GM and players all want him to come back shows that the old dude is still getting it done. But for him I think this is the end of the road. SO SEND HIM OFF WITH ANOTHER TITLE. Phil not only gets the game, he gets the rhythms of an 82 game season and how to deal with players. He was brilliant with Shaq and Kobe for 3 years, letting them blow off steam during the season, but geeting them on the same page when the playoffs came around.


2) LakerTom, I love what you do here and your passion for Drew. That said, I agree with Drew that he has not been an All-Star yet, playing regularly and consistently at that level. On the other hand, with Yao and Oden out, the West is a bit thin on real centers. Al Jefferson is deserving. Tyson Chandler has made a difference in Dallas. Pau played a lot of center. But if you wanted to pick a true big man to battle Dwight Howard, Drew is the only one standing, and he is playing well. It's borderline.


3) Both Phil and Jerry have been talking about the Celtics recently, and I agree with them. Miami is good but Boston is the team I would pick coming out of the East. They are so big and deep inside with Perkins, Garnett, Shaq, Davis, O'Neill. Pierce and Allen are getting older, but they are still Pierce and Allen. And Rondo is a quick, quality PG. They defend well, they efficient on offense and they are tough and smart and battle-tested. Another Boston-LA series would be another great series. Who would win? Toss a coin, just like last year.

I saw the 4th quarter. The Knicks finally hit some 3’s and play good D. Miami ran strictly isolation plays for Lebron and DWade and neither was effective in the 4th. NY switched all picks and packed in their D in the paint and Miami missed all their outside shots. Steve Kerr was very critical of Miami’s lack of ball movement and talked about how this type of bball won’t work against the better teams in the playoffs.

Posted by: LRob | January 28, 2011 at 08:59 AM
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I watched that game, too. Their most valuable player, it turns out, is Bosh. They moved the ball beautifully against the Lakers and I expect them to resume playing a dominant form of basketball once Bosh returns. Every team goes through rough stretches and it's easy to criticize based on one game. The Heat should be more concerned about their 1-8 record when games are decided by 5 or less points than anything else, because that points to exactly what you were talking about regarding isos at the end of games. It is a dilemma for them how to handle and of game situations. I think they will be fine.

@LEWSTERS... Seeing you still here really brought a big smile to my face, Lew. Glad to see you fighting through the mire and standing firm. My philosophy has always to be among the last standing so good to have you at my side. I gave MM permission to give you my email address and looking forward to hearing from you. Fight the good fight.
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@HOBBITMAGE... “So. LakerTom ... can we stop with trying to remake Kobe into Magic
Johnson? He's not the same player and it's not the same team.” You trying to pull my chain again, hobbit? LOL. All I want is for Kobe to play smart, which is exactly what he has been doing since Drew returned to the starting lineup. The big difference is that Kobe’s shooting efficiency and assists are up and he is doing a great job getting everybody involved. I don’t care about how you characterize that but to me right now Kobe is playing more like Magic than ever before. Who cares about the semantics. It’s Lakers basketball at its best – inside out balanced scoring and managing the offense to minimize turnovers and points given up in transition.
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@ KOBEMVP888... Yes, I have made a concerted effort to develop a positive relationship with Hobbitmage and a big reason is that he has been doing the same. I don’t expect to agree with him on everything but in the end most of the differences that lead to controversy on this blog are splitting hairs. I know Hobbit definitely thinks and approaches things differently than you and I do. He and I have actually discussed this several times and I think it has helped us get by our earlier conflict.
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Basically, you, he, and I really share many of the same traits in that we are all ultra-passionate, love the Lakers, and not at all afraid of confrontation. Slap one of us in the face on a good day and we may turn the other cheek but do it on a bad day and you better duck. Bottom line, we’re all Lakers fans and we all have buttons that when pushed will put us on aggressive alert. I love this blog and try my best not to be so confrontational. Truth is some days I do better than others but I still keep trying.
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TOM

I watched that game, too. Their most valuable player, it turns out, is Bosh. They moved the ball beautifully against the Lakers and I expect them to resume playing a dominant form of basketball once Bosh returns. Every team goes through rough stretches and it's easy to criticize based on one game. The Heat should be more concerned about their 1-8 record when games are decided by 5 or less points than anything else, because that points to exactly what you were talking about regarding isos at the end of games. It is a dilemma for them how to handle and of game situations. I think they will be fine.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 28, 2011 at 09:34 AM
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Agreed.

@LEWSTRS
thanks for the early morning roll call!
I've been home the past few days taking care of my wife, so I'll have to make up my music selections for the week.

As for Phil, if he does have more in the tank, why would he go anywhere else?
this team will still be competing for the O'Brian trophy for the next two years.

I could see him wanting to do something different by bringing a young team into prominance, but this doesn't coincide with his M.O. On the other hand, he has been known to do things in a manner opposite of the status quo.

I have no idea why I woke up with this song in my head, but I just have to share:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOdo7dhvSwg&feature=fvw

random lurker,

I didn't see the game, but, yeah... those stats don't make any sense.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

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I watched that game, too. Their most valuable player, it turns out, is Bosh. They moved the ball beautifully against the Lakers and I expect them to resume playing a dominant form of basketball once Bosh returns. Every team goes through rough stretches and it's easy to criticize based on one game. The Heat should be more concerned about their 1-8 record when games are decided by 5 or less points than anything else, because that points to exactly what you were talking about regarding isos at the end of games. It is a dilemma for them how to handle and of game situations. I think they will be fine.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 28, 2011 at 09:34 AM "

I can't see Bosh as being the MVP on that team. If any of those 3 are out, that team is going to be significantly handicapped but I haven't seen anything so far that doesn't indicate that Bosh is #3 in that hierarchy.

Random Lurker - I watched the NY/MIA game and LBJ was clanking everything in the end. Wade got tired of trying to drive into the post after getting denied a couple times. And everytime LBJ selfishly held on to the ball, they either got a 24 second vio or turnover. It was a horrendous 4Q as far as their emphasis on teamwork went but I certainly enjoyed watching MIA get an L!!!

It was a great comeback for NYK as well. They couldn't hit a 3 if it was the million dollar shot in the 3Q, then Gallinari hits a big one to change the tide. I like him - plays hard, smart and knows when to drive vs. just stand at the 3-pt line and huck shots. Good momentum game for them with national tv and lots of celebs at MGS.

Cheers - PLG

thanks PLG, KobeMVP888, LRob and JonK

Actually...don't be surprised if the Zen Master come's back after a year off...

but to Miami.

That'd be worth another 4 or 5 rings.

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: Sonnybelfast | January 27, 2011 at 10:50 PM

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That's what I was thinking... If he does go to Miami and wins, critics will still accuse him of winning only because he "coached" the best players in the league. HA! I hope he does come back and wins with another team and if it's Miami, it's the only way I could tolerate LBJ winning a few 'chips. For a true NBA fan, having PJ back in the winning cirle would be FANTASTIC!!

Steve Kerr was very critical of Miami’s lack of ball movement and talked about how this type of bball won’t work against the better teams in the playoffs.

Posted by: LRob | January 28, 2011 at 08:59 AM

Steve Kerr is a very good analyst. But, what surprised me about that broadcast is that none of the commentators talked about how much Miami missed Bosh's presence last night. They are a totally different team when he is in the lineup.

Watching that game made me realize again that LeBron James could do a lot more to help his team if he used his strength and size in a more traditional manner. He has very little post up skill, and, with his leaping ability and strength should be a much better rebounder. Seems that Lebrawn doesn't like to do the dirty work. He'd rather chase stats and triple doubles.


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