Phil Jackson comeback in NBA next season possible, reports say

By on Apr 18, 2013 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

A Phil Jackson comeback in NBA is likely to happen next season. But this time, the former Los Angeles Lakers coach was said to be more interested into managing a team for the first time. This latest Phil Jackson rumor comes about five months after he discussed with Lakers management for a possible return.

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According to ESPN this Wednesday, April 17, 2013, sources familiar with Jackson‘s thought of returning to NBA said that he is “itching” to go back to work in the league, since his retirement after the NBA 2010-11 season. However, there was no mention of any specific team that he would possibly work with.

However, the ESPN source emphasized that Jackson may decided to continue enjoying his retirement if none of the current opportunities will fit for abilities. But one thing is certain, he “has no intention of ever coaching again,” which he told longtime friend Charley Rosen in a story last January.

Instead, Phil Jackson is rumored to be intrigued in overseeing an organization, just the role of Pat Riley with the Miami Heat or a similar role that Larry Bird earlier held with the Indiana Pacers. This is far from his discussions with Lakers team owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak last November.

Jackson, 67, who was announced been engaged with Jeanie Buss, the 51-year old daughter of Jerry Buss, last January. He is considered as one of the greatest coaches and the most decorated coach in NBA history, with the highest winning percentage of any NBA coach (.704).

Phil Jackson won 11 NBA championships as coach of Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers, surpassing the previous record of nine titles set by Red Auerbach. He won six NBA titles during his time in Chicago Bulls (1989-1998) and five NBA titles during his time in LA Lakers (2000-2010).

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