Jeanie Buss couldn't help but laugh. She's been Phil Jackson's longtime companion, yet she says she doesn't even know how much he'd want to coach in the NBA again.
"I can't answer that question," said Buss, the Lakers' executive vice president. "Only he can. Nobody's called him. Unless somebody calls, we won't know how to answer that question."
That uncertainty also applies to the New York Knicks after Coach Mike D'Antoni recently resigned. Jackson won 11 NBA championships, six with the Chicago Bulls and five with the Lakers. But he also won a title as a key reserve forward for the Knicks in 1973 and often credited former Knicks Coach Red Holzman for sparking his interest in coaching.
"Don't even go there," Buss said during halftime of the Lakers-Grizzlies game. "That's up to Phil. Whatever he does, he loves the game and he loves the guys that he's coached. That will never change."