March 11, 1986 |
The best-laid plans of the Forum Championship Tennis series went astray Monday night--again--although this was an improvement. This time, the 4,831 fans who paid as much as $50 a seat got almost a full set from those they had come to see. In the past, the 11-month-old project of tournament director Jeanie Buss has been a sore spot for some of the game's top players. Literally. Jimmy Connors inaugurated the series last April by withdrawing with a back injury.
March 18, 2012
Here's another reason why Phil Jackson probably won't coach the New York Knicks. He's too busy having fun filming commercials. The latest ad, seen below, features Jackson touting the Asus Zenbook . In the wake of Apple's popularity, it isn't surprising Jackson would tout a PC: He's a nonconformist. And in the wake of March Madness, it is surprising he would promote the NCAA tournament. He's routinely called college basketball "a boys' game" and refuses to watch it. Perhaps money can change a person's thinking.
June 20, 2013 |
Phil Jackson is still a part of the Lakers, through history and engagement, but the franchise is carrying on despite his Hall-of-Fame shadow. Jackson sat with his fiancée, Lakers executive and part-owner Jeanie Buss, on Wednesday night at an event hosted by Time Warner Cable Media honoring the late Jerry Buss. As Jeanie graciously answered questions about the team's first year with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Jackson sat quietly. "[Time Warner] exceeded even beyond our wildest expectations; the amount of time and coverage that the team received was really what our fan base had been asking for," said Buss.
June 21, 2013 |
A week ago at a talk about his memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Jackson said he'd be kidding himself to consider another coaching position. "When I was done I knew I was done -- physically it was over," Jackson said. "Even after I got a knee replacement and a prostatectomy in the last year and a half. " A more recent dialogue with The Times at an event for Time Warner Cable Media on Wednesday revealed a much more ambiguous stance.
May 21, 2005
Last month we were told Phil Jackson was leaning 51% toward returning to coach in the NBA next season and now he doesn't have a driving urge to come back to coach. Is he leveraging Dr. Buss for even more money or does the Zen Master have a commitment problem? Either way, I bet the Lakers or Jeanie Buss won't have a ring on their finger anytime soon. Larry Yells Hermosa Beach For months, I have been grappling with my Mercedes. The air pressure in the tires was always getting low. Every time I pulled into a gas station, I had to ask the attendant to fill it up with air as well as gas. I was mystified as to what to do about it until I saw the interview with Jerry Buss.
June 15, 2005 |
She has been Phil Jackson's most visible supporter and most vocal cheerleader. She has campaigned for his return to the Laker coaching job in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. She has been romantically involved with Jackson since he first coached the team six years ago and has publicly bemoaned that he won't marry her. Yet on Tuesday, when Jackson was rehired as the Laker coach, when his return was announced at Staples Center, Jeanie Buss was nowhere to be seen.
June 14, 2011 |
Suddenly, the spigot of outrage turned off. The decadent buffet line of rips and quips and clever observations ceased to exist during the NBA playoffs. Mark Cuban went on a lockout. Of himself. Of course this wasn't quite locking up the keys and throwing them away. But starting with the second-round playoff series against the Lakers, the passionate Mavericks owner managed to pull off what was once thought to be nearly impossible. When he did talk, he really didn't say anything, not even when asked about having any interest in buying the Dodgers.
October 30, 2002 |
Coach Phil Jackson, who has two years left on his contract, said Tuesday night that he probably would not consider an extension until after the season. He did, however, seem open to a negotiation first broached by owner Jerry Buss over the summer. According to Jackson, Buss told Jackson he hoped he was comfortable enough to come to him when he felt the time was right to enter into negotiations. "I want to finish this year, and then we'll talk," Jackson said he responded.
April 1, 2010 |
When did their rightful swagger go into hiding with seven games remaining in the NBA regular season? Whether it wasn't properly loaded on the plane trip from San Antonio to Oklahoma City or simply got buried under an avalanche of negative bench statistics, it seems the Lakers are seeking to regain that swagger. Or something like that. "It doesn't happen overall in one game," Pau Gasol said on Thursday after practice. "It doesn't happen in one play. Little by little, game by game, we have to build on that confidence and that swagger again."
November 12, 2012 |
Phil Jackson hadn't entirely decided if he wanted to be coach of the Lakers. Nonetheless, he was surprised when they called him near midnight Sunday with news that Mike D'Antoni would be coach of the Lakers, not him. "I wish it would have been a little bit cleaner," a relaxed and chatty Jackson said in a phone interview Monday night with The Times. "It could have been much more circumspect and respectful of everybody that's involved. It seemed slimy to be awoken with this kind of news.