Phil Jackson's memoir 'Eleven Rings' set for 2013 release
Ever since his retirement, former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has kept a low profile and remained mostly silent regarding the organization.
It's safe to presume he's saving most of his thoughts for his memoir, "Eleven Rings," slated for a 2013 release. The title suggests the book will center on his 19-year coaching career, which included 11 NBA championships, 13 NBA Finals appearances and 229 playoff wins.
But Laker fans and media-types alike will clamor for his take on the Lakers' four-game sweep by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference semifinals and the ensuing personnel changes. His most recent book, "The Last Season," delved honestly into the 2003-04 season, why he considered Kobe Bryant "uncoachable," how he dealt with the Bryant-Shaquille O'Neal feud and detailed how the Lakers' front office let him go.
Jackson hasn't stayed completely silent. He told ESPN-Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin he felt sorry for Laker fans after the team traded Lamar Odom to the Mavericks. Jackson spent a long time talking with Bulls.com's Sam Smith about his coaching career, and mostly remained neutral about the Lakers moving on from his era. He also, of course, has often visited girlfriend and Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss.
But it'll be interesting to read what will probably be a revealingly honest take on the Lakers' 2010-2011 season. How much did he feel his players tuned him out? What really went into Pau Gasol's playoff struggles? How did he handle the Lakers telling a number of the organization's employees that their contracts wouldn't be renewed, just as the playoffs started? After patching things up with Bryant in his second stint with the Lakers, how would Jackson characterize their relationship?
All good questions that Jackson hopefully answers honestly in his book. In the meantime, Laker fans can wait and just hope this season doesn't become a disaster.
— Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is writing a memoir titled "Eleven Rings," which is scheduled to come out in 2013. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.