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Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

Posted on: January 1, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2011 5:48 pm
 
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson says this will be his last season on the bench. Posted by Ben Golliver. phil-jackson

Judging by his public stances so far this season, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has his foot out the door, heading for retirement after the season's conclusion.

Already this season, Jackson has questioned Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra's future, speculated about why Pat Riley stepped in for former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, didn't get behind Rudy Tomjanovich's Hall of Fame candidacy, argued that the NBA shouldn't play on Christmas and said the NBA shouldn't have taken over ownership control of the New Orleans Hornets. What a list!

The Los Angeles Times reports that all those shots at the league and his colleagues come as Jackson eyes the end of his coaching career.
Jackson was asked again if he could see himself taking some time off and coming back to coach. "No," Jackson responded quickly.
Why not? he was asked. "I think I've put in my service time," Jackson, 65, said. "I think I've done my due diligence that I set out to do, especially with this organization."

Jackson said he has "coached about as long as I want to coach."
Jackson previously left the bench for the 2004-2005 season, but returned to coach the Lakers to back-to-back titles the last two seasons. With 11 rings as a coach, and a surly attitude throughout this season, Jackson has every reason to call it a career and exit stage left.

The Times notes that long-time Lakers assistant Brian Shaw is expected to take over as head coach should Jackson depart after this season.
Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

Yeah quit just before Kobe is about to start his decline. This is typical Phil Jackson just like when he quit when Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman went elsewhere. This guy won't coach unless he has a good team. If for some reason Spoelstra gets fired he will be calling up Pat Riley to coach the Miami Heat.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

The Lakers will be fine.  At 23-10, they have the best record the NBA.  Lakers are on track to tie the 72 wins record held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.  Every Laker fan knows the league was watered down in that season, so their team's accomplishment is more special.  Yes sir, they are the team to beat... they are on top of the Association.  They've won one in a row and they have the best coach, the best player and the best owner.  As long as they maintain their current momentum, Laker fan will trash talk the other 29 lesser franchises.  According to Laker fan, the NBA serves only to showcase the superiority of the Laker franchise.  I think the Lakers have won 58 NBA championships, the Celtics only the single one in 2008 and the Chicago Bulls won only six.  In 2004-2005, no team won the NBA championship because the Lakers were not in the playoffs.    Every other team gets an asterisk.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

Good point. San Antonio is quietly taking over the West, especially giving Duncan rest. Bynum has returned though but he is injury prone. I'm a Chicago fan so I don't care either way but LA needs to watch out.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

 I agree. I am a true Chicago Fan and Phil left us for LA, I understood why. but if you're going to retire Just Do It.




Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 10:49 am
 

Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

Lets win one more for the road Phil. Then you can ride off into the sunset on your harley.



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 1:41 am
 

Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

"Why do people hate successful people?"

Envy is one of the seven deadly sins, friend. It's nothing new.



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2011 12:07 am
 

Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

Why do people hate successful people? Probably because they have never sacrificed a day in their lives to achieve any success of their own. You people that post on here are losers for the most part.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

If Jackson goes, goodbye and good riddance...I respect his success and what he's done for the league, but he really needs to focus on keeping the Lakers competitive - especially since they are not the class of the West right now.  They may find themselves watching San Antonio play for another championship if they aren't careful.



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2011 10:19 pm
 

Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

I HOPE YOU DON'T EVEN MAKE THE PLAYOFFS I LOVED YOU AS BULL COACH HAD YOU TAKEN OVER ANY OTHER TEAM I STILL WOULD HAVE LOVED YOU BUT BECAUSE YOU TOOK OVER THE LAKERS AND DROOL OVE RTHAT NOTHING CALLED "KOBE" I CAN;T STAND YOU ANYMORE QUIT BEING ANOTHER FAVRE AND RETIRE YOU ARE ONLY WINNING CHAMPIONSHIPS NOW BECAUSE THE LEAGUE IS SETTING YOU UP TO WIN THEM!



Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Lakers' Phil Jackson hints this is last season

Phil jackson has become Brett Favre when it comes to "HINTING" retirement-gimmie a break and who cares


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