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Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

Posted on: May 17, 2010 9:19 pm

LOS ANGELES – One of the underlying themes tied to the Lakers’ title defense – Phil Jackson’s future – reared its ugly head Monday in the hours before Game 1 of the Western Conference finals between the Lakers and Suns.

Hours after Jackson said in an interview airing on FOX Sports Radio that his chances of retiring after this postseason were “pretty good,” Jackson danced around the topic in the pre-game news conference prior to Game 1.

“No interview today,” Jackson said, apparently referring to the fact that the segment was taped. “But who knows?”

Asked if he was leaning one way or another, Jackson said, “No. I’m leaning on a podium, that’s about it.”

“You’re being very evasive right now,” Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers needled.

“Thank you,” Jackson said with amusement.

In the interview , Jackson cited aspects of the regular-season grind that may cause him to think twice about coming back next season – issues he’s discussed at various times during this season, including during the postseason. Jackson doesn’t have a contract for next season, and there has been speculation that owner Jerry Buss – who essentially is Jackon’s father-in-law as well as his boss – would ask him to take a pay cut on a new one-year contract.

“As you guys know, it’s not about this last month of April, May, and part of June to coach,” Jackson said in the FOX Sports Radio interview. “That’s exciting, fun, challenging, and you’ve got a team in a seven game series that brings out all those ideas and percolates things as a coach. But it’s those other 82 games, the exhibition season, and being in five different cities in eight different nights or seven different nights. It kind of wears and tears and kind of creates a life that gets a little bit ragged and a little bit jagged.

“Obviously I have the pace of that,” Jackson said. “I know a lot about it having done it for a large part of my life, maybe 35 years of my adult life. I’ve got a little bit of the rhythm of it, but it is something that I think about as the season gets to the end. You know last road trip and stuff like that. You wonder, is there a time where you just feel like I’ve had enough, I just don’t want to do it anymore. It’s enough is enough.”

Pressed on the issue during the pre-game news conference Monday night, Jackson said, “I don’t even think I’ve thought about it since the last time we discussed it. So it’s not even part of my thought process.”

Asked if he finds himself feeling sentimental as the season comes to a close, Jackson joked, “I’ve had a thought like that during the course of this year. Like the last trip to Charlotte, things like that.”

As he made a move to walk off the stage after the final question, there was one more coming his way.

“So if you don’t beat the Suns, is this it for you?” Simers asked.

“Thank you,” Jackson said. “Is that the last question?”
Category: NBA

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2010 1:33 am

Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

Phil Jackson wants two young players who can win 3+ rings and the best candidate would be Lebron James and Derrick Rose. First, he had Jordan and Pippen- young; next was Kobe and Shaq-young; now he wante Lebron and Derrick Rose or even Dwayne Wade and Derrick Rose. His legacy will be greater if he goes there. On the other hand, Kobe can still win 3 more rings until he gets too old. It's up to him...

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: May 19, 2010 1:46 pm

Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

I think he was referring to more rings as a coach. Phil's first ring came as a member of the New York Knicks.

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: May 19, 2010 1:44 pm

Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

You made some great points right there. Also, in the article it mentions Phil would likely be asked to take a pay cut to stay in LA. IF, big if, Chicago lands LeBron than I agree with you, why wouldn't Phil want to have a shot at another title with another unique talent. And given Chicago's current coaching crisis, I'm sure they would LOVE to have Phil back in the windy city.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2010 7:42 pm

Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

wHAT Better coach than Jackson at Chicago since Calipari won't be going there, if he was.Coach Jackson will be in heaven with La bron AND Rose it will remind him of his younger day's at Chicago,plus Why wouldn't he he can get more money than Buss is offering him.Wait Buss isn't offerring more money he's asking him to take a pay cut ,do one really ask one that just won a championship to take a pay cut?Go CHICAGO

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2010 1:58 pm

Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

Phil. Give me a break. All he is going to do is retire, wait, and go coach where James ends up going. He thinks hes the best coach in the NBA but hes not even close. Phil has always had the best player in the NBA and thats what wins him titles. Phil doesn't coach he watches. A real coach is Vangundy, Sloan, Popvich, and coaches who play team ball. So go retire and stay there.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2010 1:26 pm

Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

Much has been made about Phil's rosters and teams that he's won with.  He had a lot of down years as well.  So is it Kobe who's doing the winning or Phil??  Once Phil is gone, whoever the next coach is will be fawned over by the LA media just like Rudy T was in 04-05.  They were acting like he was the second coming of Phil.  And why?  Because he was their coach.  Period.  Put anyone else there in that seat, and the LA media will act like everything is fine, we can still win, blah blah blah.  Just like when Rambis left, those who called him an important assistant then said "Ah, we don't need him" .... and truth be told some of his coaching is missed. 

Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2010 12:01 pm

Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

So Phil isn't sure if he wants courtside seats next year?  Favre takes a beating that would make anyone think twice in their 40s.  Phil needs to figure out if has anything better to do 4 hours a day than watch basketball.  Jackson has had the easiest coaching job in basketball since he signed with the bulls.  Phil's seat cushion can have the same impact with that stacked team.

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2010 11:40 am

Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

File that under "Who Gives a Sh*t?!" I grow so tired of these pros and their BS. You make millions of dollars so that we don't have to care. Retire or don't, but get over yourself. I am sure the media plays a large role in it, but then it feeds into their already large egos. PHIL JACKSON, BRETT FAVRE, MICHAEL JORDAN, etc.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2010 7:27 am

Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

Actually Insanity, when Phil left the Bulls he vowed never to coach again. Loyalty to the Lakers when he actually spent more seasons in Chicago (if you include his time as an assistant)? He was screwed over by Bulls management and didn't owe them a thing after 98. Same thing if/when he does leave the Lakers. Get off your high horse and be thankful for the 4 titles he has brought to your team.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2010 4:19 am

Phil contradicts Phil on retirement

Honestly, he says he's retiring because he is trying to instill a sense of urgency in his team for this Phoenix series and the future NBA Finals. He wants more rings than Red Auberbach, and he can get it this year. Once he gets it, he will come back- no doubt.Well since Phil has 10 rings and Auerbach has 9, Jackson has more already.  I don't have a problem with Phil saying he's unsure of next year right now.  First, he can potentially motivate his team a bit.  This could be their last chance since who knows who might be there next year?
Second, he doesn't have a contract next year.  I mean it's awful presumptive to assume you'll be back when you haven't been offered a contract.
Third, revealing his hand right now reduces his leverage.  Buss won't have to grovel and ask him to come back if he announces in the papers that he'll gladly come back if the Lakers will have him.  As it stands now, Jackson can force Buss to agree to his terms or sit out or sign somewhere else.  I'd be shocked to see him anywhere but LA, but you never know.
Fourth, almost all coaches asked that question when their contract is expiring give the same answer.  No one freaks unless it's Phil.  Give the guy a break.

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