Report: No Comeback For Phil Jackson



HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Any dreams Brooklyn Nets fans had of Phil Jackson taking over this season were essentially dashed by the Zen Master himself tonight, per a SheridanHoops.com report.

In fact, Jackson wasn’t even more emphatic about his coaching future, insisting that he will not coach again:

“I have no intention of ever coaching again,” Jackson told SheridanHoops.com in a brief statement.

He offered no elaboration, nor any details of how hard — if at all — the Brooklyn Nets had pushed to bring him in as the permanent replacement for Avery Johnson, who was fired last month.

But he also did not use the word “retired,” and his use of the word “intention” will be seen by many as a hedge. Moreover, the quote was similar to what Jackson said when he left the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.

Jackson was the one and only long-term coaching target of the Nets, who are now expected to keep P.J. Carlesimo in the job for the remainder of the regular season. The team is 5-1 since Carlesimo took over, losing only to the San Antonio Spurs.

So while Jackson’s “intention” is to never coach again, he could always change his mind at the conclusion of this season. For now, things should remain peaceful around the Zen Master for the remainder of winter and spring.

Jackson comment to SheridanHoops was his first public statement of the season, and the hedge therein will undoubtedly lead others to contact him in the future. The scuttlebutt around the league Tuesday was that Jackson was in demand and another team — other than Brooklyn, and other than the Lakers — had recently inquired about Jackson’s availability.

Jackson’s had a busy season for a guy who has no intention of coaching again. First he was courted and passed over for the vacant coaching job with his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers. They chose Mike D’Antoni instead.

But as Chris Sheridan points out, the rumblings surrounding the recently engaged (to longtime girlfriend and Lakers executive Jeanie Buss) Jackson have him returning in a front office capacity if he does return to the NBA at all.

With his coaching legacy already set in stone, there is really nothing left for Jackson to prove in that realm. The only basketball frontier he has left to explore and conquer is working in the front office, which remains a very real possibility.

42 Comments

  1. Max says:

    Did I not tell all that “Phil Jackson” would not be back???YES, I said it over and over, TOO Smart to “TARNISH” his place in the NBA’s great arena!!! Maybe in another position???Well, IF PHIL puts the M. BAND with that RING, then BRO, just might let the “ZEN”back into the Buss Kingdom. Will just have to wait and see if Phil can weather that test! Stay tuned!!

  2. justthrowingballtoscore says:

    kobe will get the most points in nba history.. but got the most fg miss in nba history as of now..

  3. Ian Thomas says:

    First of all, I don’t really think it matters who coached the Lakers from the start of the season. They did (past tense) have a good if not, one of the best starting fives in the league. Problem was, never had time to develop chemistry. Another problem, no dependapble bench players! So if the starters who obviously cannot play the entire 48 minutes of the game sits to rest, there goes the team! What’s worse is what they are going through now with all the injuries! Plus the fact of the matter that they have one of the worst defenses in the game right now. Sad to say, but i don’t think they’ll even make the playoffs this season. The Jazz and the Wolves are playing much better ball than they do, the Wolves especially even with the injuries they are going through right now, they still manage to find ways to win games.

  4. awefna says:

    kinda sad, if he came to the lakers they would take their rightful place as one of the very elite teams in the nba. instead, they hire an idiot reject coach who will hold the franchise back so long as he has the position of head coach. the wrong buss is in the owner position

  5. RR says:

    If you gonna let Phil Jackson coach the Lakers, that wont be a good Idea as well because Steve Nash will be out of the system again thats why they hired Mike D’Antoni because of Nash.. and unfortunately Gasol is having a hard time with the system of Coach Mike, you can’t have it all…

  6. Lakers#1 says:

    The Lakers need to do as follows:

    - Jim Buss needs to return to ownership instead of management. I’m sure Jerry Buss don’t mind sharing ownership decisions with his son, gradually increasing Jims role.
    - Hire Phil Jackson as team president (ie same role that Pat Riley has in Miami) and let him make basketball decisions together with Mitch Kupchak.
    - Hire Brian Shaw as the head coach of the Lakers. It would be his first head coaching job and he would be mentored by Phil Jackson.
    - Sign Dwight Howard to a five year max deal and force him to shoot 100 free throws while being coached every practice.
    - When Nash retires (2015) try to get Kyrie Irving in free agency.
    - When Kobe Bryant retires mourn, build a statue and retire his jersey.

  7. Jerry says:

    Sell the Lakers to any Russian billionaire and send Kobe to D-league. to get another MVP.

  8. Rudy Gay to Brooklyn!!!!! says:

    it’s off topic but who cares, Campaign starts here

    The Billionaire can afford him, and he’s willing to pay for a championship.

    Since the Grizz don’t appreciate him or they’re too cheap to pay for him,

    Hello Brooklyn!!!!!!

  9. noyb says:

    Phil’s first, best destiny was and always will be coaching. But I think his time has past. Perhaps he should become mentor to a new, young coach like Tex Winter was for him?

  10. Alessio Laker says:

    Lakers should fire this idiot D’Antoni, his ruin’ our team chemistry even more and take Phil back.

    At this stage the Lakers are, should give him whatever he wants.

    I’m predicting a very bad end for our team this year….

  11. cdubbb24 says:

    MIKE ANTONI NEEDS TO HIRE PJAX AS A CONSULTANT!!!! LOL

  12. danks says:

    Phil jacskon has been fortunate to coach his entire career with great players. Yes he is a great coach but very fortunate. as well. I think he should coach a struggling team team to see how far he goes. If he wants a new challenge he should take up a coaching for the wizards and bobcats and try bring them to the playoffs. If he can

  13. SaYO says:

    only team i believe phil will coach is the lakers with kobe, phil isn’t gna waste his time on players he never really worked with at this age of his career as coach

  14. Let Phil Jackson enjoy his time away from coaching. Mike D’Antoni is a terrible coach. His coaching philosophy is to out point the other team by running and gunning. The Lakers are an older team with Steve Nash at the point. They do not have the young legs for all of that activity. Nash is a good play maker but has always been a liability when it comes to playing defense. What makes the situation worse is that D’Antoni never was a defensive coach. The Lakers are playing terrible defense. There is no cohesiveness. They look terrible which is a reflection on their coach. They should have given Mike Brown a little more time, he would have done a better job than D’Antoni.

  15. Gillsy says:

    I can see Phil taking up a position in a front office. with someone like Brian Shaw hired as coach. They will run the triangle and he dosent have to do as much.

  16. AnnoYouLater says:

    i lost some respect for jackson after asking for a hell a lot of money when the lakers was considering him as coach and i think one of the reason the lakers didnt take him…so dont be shock if he change his mind after getting a hell amount of money offer….

  17. bryan says:

    Lakers Needs to convinced Phil Jackson to coach the team again

    • Game Time says:

      The had their chance to convince him when Brown was fired. No way Phil wants to be part of that train wreck of a record they have now.

    • pakyaw says:

      Kobe needs to convince Phil that he wil past the ball for him to coach the team again

      • Lakers' fanboy says:

        lol phil always convince kobe to take the shot. because the zen master believe in his super stars.`

  18. nba addict says:

    coaching our Philippine team coach Phil.. :))))

  19. Bstarr says:

    Forget about Phil. He ain’t got nothing to prove and don’t forget that some of the Laker players are veterans so he will need to build on a new team very soon. I don’t see him winning a ring within the next 2 years.

    I really don’t understand why LAL hired a clown like Mike D’Antoni. The Knicks were a joke when he worked there and now the Lakers are a joke, coincidence?? How can you have one of the best shooter, one of the best center and one of the best point guard in the NBA AND STILL LOSING SO MUCH??

    LAL should try one of the van Gundy brothers before it’s too late. Jeff really knows the game and if Stan and Dwight can work together again why not give it a try? Let bygones be bygones gents! Lakers need to do some changes before it’s too late!!!

  20. JarradKm says:

    haha again with all the firings off coaches… i hope you realise that its not the coach’s fault at this point. its’s the players. lakers are not playing well and it shows. not even jackson could probably help them at this point

  21. KB24 says:

    Phil Jackson would have become head coach of the Lakers right now, if it weren’t for mike DAMN!! antoni!!

  22. PdaDunker says:

    P Jax used to let players play to their strenghts…hence the lagacy. Mike D’A lets players play to HIS strength (? whatever that mihgt be, it’s not Defense though), hence the lack of succes. Phil to Lakers frontoffice..might be interseting. Loook at what Pat Riley did in Miami…

  23. Allen Iv3son says:

    leave the guy alone!! he deserves to be retired and enjoy his life away from basketball, he’s earned it!! btw lakers if you’re looking for an answer.. im your guy :)

  24. LOVELL says:

    KISS! LET PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY DO BEST AND YOU WILL WIN MIKE D!!!!

  25. LOVELL says:

    The Lakers need to fire Mike D’Antoni and let Bickerstaff run the club. Because a good coach would ask the 5 Hall of Fame Players in the starting lineup how do theY want to play the game instead of taking them from there natural POSITIONS & abilities. It ain’t working Mike. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. But its broke! It needs to be fixed TNT: TODAY NOT TOMORROW!!!!!

  26. derick says:

    Phil should go to Bobcats and help Michael Jordan

  27. All Lakers have to do is to fire Jim Buss and replace him with Phil Jackson who knows more about basketball. With his experience as a player, coach, and most of all championship he won…….This will help Lakers organization to the hope of its fans to bring the team where it should be.

    Jim Buss have done nothing but failure to the organization.

  28. king says:

    phil jackson to the lakers pleace

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    • Lakers#1 says:

      The Lakers need to do as follows:

      - Jim Buss needs to return to ownership instead of management. I’m sure Jerry Buss don’t mind sharing ownership decisions with his son, gradually increasing Jims role.
      - Hire Phil Jackson as team president (ie same role that Pat Riley has in Miami) and let him make basketball decisions together with Mitch Kupchak.
      - Hire Brian Shaw as the head coach of the Lakers. It would be his first head coaching job and he would be mentored by Phil Jackson.
      - Sign Dwight Howard to a five year max deal and force him to shoot 100 free throws while being coached every practice.
      - When Nash retires (2015) try to get Kyrie Irving in free agency.
      - When Kobe Bryant retires mourn, build a statue and retire his jersey.