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Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:33 am
Edited on: November 1, 2010 11:37 am
 
Daughter of Lakers owner, vice president of business operations and girlfriend of Phil Jackson says Hall of Fame coach likely not returning after this season.
Posted by Matt Moore


Getting Phil Jackson back for this season was not a given for the Lakers. Jackson took a good long time before making the decision everyone assumed he was. Who leaves with 11, and not 12? Who leaves with three three-peats, not four? Who lets Kobe Bryant go for six to tie Jordan without him? But still, Jackson wandered the Montana countryside for a long time before finally committing to coming back.

And from the indications from his girlfriend and daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, as well as vice president of business operations for the Lakers Jeanie Buss, this is "more than likely" it for the Hall of Fame coach.

From ESPNLA :


"I think it's really important to him to let these guys know that more than likely, he will not be back. It's weird how history repeats itself, but he left the Bulls as the league went into a labor dispute. Maybe that's part of it. The urgency is this year. Don't think we have time to win any more championships [together]. This is really the last one," Buss said to ESPNLA.com's Brian and Andy Kamenetzky on Thursday.

Jackson being in his last year can't be a surprise, and many assumed that was the case regardless. After all, winning 12 titles between two franchises, getting Kobe to match Jordan's jewelry, putting the nice round stamp on his career, what more could he want? It also means that you can bet LA's focus will be there. The Lakers have looked fantastic early on in their 3-0 start, not showing an ounce of rust. While they'll undoubtedly put the cruise control on as the season goes along, they clearly understand what this season means for this construction of the team, for Bryant, and for Jackson.

This is their biggest season, and this statement from Buss only underlines it.
Comments

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 11:14 am
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

Fact: There is no team in any major sport that comes close to the Lakers in Finals appearances.  Just under 50%


How can you say that when Super Bowls, World Series, and Stanley Cups are all different and not the same as Finals appearances?
Yes, lakers have won 16 but have also lost 15.  So in your logic, a football team who is 0-2 in super bowls (Cincinnati Bengals) *only* have to go 16-13 in their next 29 Super Bowl appearances to match the 16-15 that we're talking about! 

That just shows how different it is.  It's not the same.  Many laker fans today don't even know the history or the effort of the Minneapolis Laker teams, since they are only caught up in something as superficial as how many overall titles.  Then they bash the Celtics because they haven't been to as many finals.  So losing the finals is ok.  (You're off the hook, teams in MLB, NFL, and NHL who haven't won but still got there!)

Do you think the Pittsburgh Steelers are kings of the NFL just because they have the most titles at 6?  Of course not. 




Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:57 am
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

Jeanie would know, she has the inside scoop on Phil.  Or does Phil have the inside scoop on Jeanie?  Phil has ridden MJ and Kobe to 11 titles.  Now he is riding Jeanie.  Not a bad career for a lifelong role player.



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:44 am
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

I think Miami fans should keep in perspective that they haven't won diddly squat yet.

Fact: Lakers are the champs - two years running.

Fact: There is no team in any major sport that comes close to the Lakers in Finals appearances.  Just under 50%

Fact: The Lakers are led by a player who knows how to win.

Fact: The Heat are led by a player who knows how to choke.

It ain't braggin' if you can back it up.  16 titles (15 more than Miami) says we have put up.  Heat fans can just... well you can figure that out.



Since: Feb 5, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 9:18 pm
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

Instead of talking about Phil everyone should be talking about Jeanie nice "RACK"



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 8:43 pm
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

Who cares? He has more retirement speeches than Farve.
It is a good time to bow out though. He knows the window is closed on Laker Championships with the Heats signing of the Big 3.
He knows Kobes better days are behind him. Why would he put himself through the rigors of an NBA season when he knows he cant win? He never did before so you know he wont start now.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:20 pm
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

Just let him ride off into the sunset.Please don't go Favre on us with the will he or won't he crap.
Your above that Phil.
Lakers fan.. as long as Kobe Bryant s on the floor,
you are in great hands.
Kobe has what LeBron will NEVER have.... that killer,
rip your heart out, refuse to lose mentality. It's in his DNA.




Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:16 pm
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

also, Jeannie is the resident airhead.
Very ditzy.
Even for those who just want to look at her, is this who people are fawning over?

When asked why people should go to laker games despite high ticket prices and a tough economy, she said:

"Well, um, because you might get to see Kobe score 81 points"

really?

Sorry Phil; we know you are not in this for the brains.




Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:47 pm
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

i think he should coach the sixers if he takes them to the chip then he deserves all the credit in the world.. dude had a team every year he played.. hope kobe would have left when he was going to



Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

WHO CARES



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:04 pm
 

Buss: Jackson 'more than likely' not back in '11

That attached photo must be an old one.  Bill Russell has 11 rings for his 10 fingers.  He also has two NCAA titles and an Olympic gold medal.  Russell also was a player-coach for two of those rings for the 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons.  Resumes are great for blog fodder, but the only thing that matters is the present.

I wonder who is Mr. Laker now?  I still think it is the NBA logo Jerry West; however, could it be PJ with his five rings with the Lakers?


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