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Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2012?

Posted on: May 10, 2011 3:12 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 4:09 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It really was only a matter of time. I'm honestly surprised it even took this long to happen.

Phil Jackson announced his eventual retirement months ago, but after the Lakers sudden sweep at the hands of the Mavs, Jackson's coaching career was over. He didn't necessarily emphatically say he was done, but did make it a point to say he's happy with his decision and indicated he's done for good.

"All my hopes and aspirations are this is the final game I'll coach. This has been a wonderful run," Jackson said in his final press conference.

But. Always but. According to the New York Post, Jackson would consider a return to coaching if "the right situation presented itself." Naturally, everyone immediately focused on the Knicks as a potential destination for Jackson. In 2005, Jackson actually interviewed for the Knicks position but passed, re-taking the Lakers job he had just left instead.

Current New York coach Mike D'Antoni is under contract through next season but most think unless the Knicks seriously contend, he could be on a very, very hot seat.

Most feel Jackson's health is at the heart of his retirment, but the report disagrees.
According to a league source, health likely won't prevent the 65-year-old Jackson from making a comeback in 2012-13 after taking a season off, though he has entertained the idea in the past of having a co-coach to make things easier.

The source said Jackson's hips are no longer an issue and he is considering knee-replacement surgery and a weight-loss program this summer to alleviate problems with his knees.

"Phil's going to have to find a way to keep himself occupied and fulfilled because Jeanie [Buss, Jackson's girlfriend] is not retiring," the league source said.

Jackson is very good friends with Bill Bradley, who is closely connected to the Knicks and Jackson played the majority of his 13-year NBA career with the Knicks as a fan favorite. He was part of the Knicks' two NBA championships.

With the way the Lakers fizzled out and the excitement building in New York, I understand the speculation. It's inevitable. Most have a hard time coming to grips with Jackson's last game being the debacle that was Game 4 against the Mavericks. He's an 11-time NBA champion, the greatest coaching the sport and maybe the greatest anywhere, ever. He's going to do what he wants but still that's not going to stop everyone from assuming something else.
Category: NBA

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 3:54 am

Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2012?

He need to Buy a Team Like the Milwaukee  Bucks.Surprised

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:36 am

Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2012?

Phil's always had a couple of refs in his pocket....not by his decision but more likely by David Stern's decisions.   This guy isn't the greatest coach of all time by a long shot.   Without the refs he wins...lets say, about 4 or 5 championships total.  How about the coach of those Celtics teams or Pat Riley?   Phil gets props because he's coached who most think the 'greatest' player ever is.  However, the guy is by far one of the top 3 coaches ever...I just think he's overrated to godlike status because of the many rings which some...sadly, were not earned fairly.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:24 pm

Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2012?

If Phil comes back Knicks ne only team he do it for at this point. I think he is done. He really cannot handle the grind and travel anymore. Don't be suprised if he becomes one of trhe highest paid public speakers. Probably get paid more then Bill Clinton etc.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:56 pm

Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2012?

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also from the NYPost, (where everyone should get their news from)...

  "Jeter to be traded to Saskatchetoon Roughriders for a sack of CFL footballs"

  "Alex Rodriguez is the best worst player to ever wear pinstripes"

  "Lindsey Lohan is a drunk vampire"

  "Knicks to trade for Howard and Paul, will play all home games on the moon in 2012"

NY newspapers are as reliable a source of news as twitter.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:10 pm

Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2012?

he only coaches teams that are clearly better than any other.look at heat coach thisd year..anyone can do it..phil jackson as coach of knicks?'ll take a job in knicks system, an advisor and take credit if team comes together..hes a jordan, kobe, more talent than any other team coach, end of story..not a great coach, but smart to go into easy place to succeed

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:50 pm

Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2012?

Can we just ignore any reports coming from New York? How ignorant are you idiots at CBS?

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:47 pm

Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2012?








Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 4:51 pm

Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2012?

Sometims people just don't know when to quit.

Regards, Brett Favre 

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 4:37 pm

Big Chief Triangle

If Phil is smart, he will take his 11 rings and his bad knees and retire to the TV booth.  Very few teams (and certainly not the Knicks) would have the star power, depth, and willingness to learn his system that "Big Chief Triangle" would need to sculpt another winner, let alone a threepeat contender.  All he can really do is tarnish his Hall-bound career with a parting stumble.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 3:33 pm

Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2012?

I do not think Phil is the greatest coach of all time, but he is the greatest mind bender of all time.  He gets people to buy into a system created by others.  However, if you watch the games, Phil does not coach at all.  But, if the Knicks want him FOR A YEAR, it is going to cost.... 20 mil.  Should be good.  Come on, Phil should be done.  Money is just money.

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