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March 27, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson has finally joined Twitter. Jackson is readying the release of his latest book, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " During his last stint with the Lakers he expressed skepticism as to the need and purpose of Twitter. Already with more than 20,000 followers, Jackson has yet to actually tweet. His fiancée, Lakers executive Jeanie Buss, confirmed that it is indeed Jackson's account. Please welcome Phil Jackson to twitter @ philjackson11 - Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss)
April 25, 2014
Jim Buss says he will resign in three or four years [April 20] if the Lakers are not back on top because that will mean he has failed. Dude, you have already failed both the team and its fans by your evident lack of leadership, so why must we wait so long for you to ultimately depart? How about in three or four months you turn over the team reins to someone more competent than you! Why should we twist in the wind for the obvious to become even more obvious? Goodbye and good riddance, Jim, we won't miss you at all. Roy Reel Culver City :: Jim Buss said if the Lakers aren't contending for an NBA title in three or four years he will step aside and let someone else run the team and make player personnel decisions.
June 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Phil Jackson and Jerry West did not have a strong relationship when the two were with the Lakers. Speaking at the Alex Theatre in Glendale at his "Live Talks Los Angeles" event last week, Jackson gave his account of the time he asked West to leave the Lakers' locker room. Without saying which game (it's believed to be during the Western Conference Finals against Portland Trail Blazers in 2000), Jackson felt his team needed a serious talk after a difficult night. "The Lakers were really struggling, not enjoying playing together," said Jackson.
April 21, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Phil Jackson made his first big move since becoming president of the New York Knicks last month -- he fired coach Mike Woodson and the rest of the coaching staff. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said in a news release Monday announcing the move. “The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.
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.
July 4, 2009 | Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
After the twists and turns of Thursday were finally put to rest, a clear, straight-ahead picture emerged Friday: The Lakers aren't done yet. Their coach, Phil Jackson, agreed to return next season, endorsing the addition of Ron Artest simply by coming back for his 19th season as an NBA coach. In fact, Jackson was the one who pushed to sign Artest in the first place, according to a source familiar with Jackson's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.
September 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Phil Jackson celebrates his 68th birthday on Tuesday. Happy Birthday @PhilJackson11 !! I love you xoxo. (He is going to kill me for this). #Birthdaywishes - Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) September 17, 2013 Jackson, who is engaged to Lakers owner/executive Jeanie Buss, has said repeatedly he has no intention to coach again in the NBA -- although he acknowledged to The Times over the summer that intentions can change. Happy Birthday, @PhilJackson11 ! 13x champ..
July 2, 2010
Phil Jackson's decision to return to the Lakers for one more season shows what an unbelievable competitor the man is. There could be no better time for him to retire than immediately after a hard-fought seven-game victory over the Boston Celtics for the NBA championship, and fortunately for us Lakers fans, he still wants more. "Just when I thought I was out ... they pull me back in!" Jim Gillespie Temecula If Bill Plaschke is right that we couldn't possibly win without Phil, guess there is no reason to keep my season tickets after next year.
March 28, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Phil Jackson joined the world of Twitter on Wednesday and in about 18 hours he already has more than 100,000 followers. When news hit that the Zenmaster had a Twitter account, speculation immediately began on what sage information and advice he would give. You just knew it would be something profound. Especially that first tweet. He must have something grand in mind for his first tweet. Or maybe not. 11 champ;ipnsikp[ ringhs - Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11)
January 3, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Looks as if there may be a reason for a celebration in Lakerland after all. Former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is apparently engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, who is the executive vice president of business operations for the Lakers. Buss tweeted Thursday evening: Twitter family - Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted!:-) - Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) January 4, 2013 She apparently wasn't talking about one of Phil's five championship rings that he got at the helm of the Lakers.
April 19, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Phil Jackson's emergence from retirement to take over basketball operations for the New York Knicks last month completes a basketball circle that began, of course, when the young North Dakotan was drafted by the team and helped lead it to two world championships, in 1970 and 1973. Those triumphant, colorful days are recalled with enthusiasm, if a bit of reflexive adulation, in "When the Garden Was Eden," actor-director Michael Rapaport 's latest film, which premiered Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of its ESPN-centric sidebar.
April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It came during a pause in the national anthem, loud and clear. “Fire D'Antoni!” was the yell from a single fan before the Lakers played Houston on Tuesday. Don't tell that to Steve Nash, who came to the defense of Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni earlier in the day. “With the amount of injuries and the rebuilding and the evaluating different players, I don't know that any coach is going to be real successful this season,” Nash said. “John Wooden is not going to be dealt a great hand with all the change and injuries we've had. You look at it every week, someone else goes down.” The Lakers will take their time evaluating D'Antoni.
March 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Phil Jackson wasn't overly visible Tuesday at Staples Center, hanging out in a luxury suite in a corner across from the New York Knicks' bench. Probably better that way for him. His former team drilled his new team, the Lakers bashing New York, 127-96, in front of a keyed-up crowd that hadn't seen a victory this one-sided all season. BOX SCORE: Lakers 127, New York 96 The Lakers avoided another loss and also the "We want Phil!" chants that would drift through the arena from time to time.
March 21, 2014
How well will Phil Jackson do in New York? Quite well, I'm sure; after all, he has Jim Buss' cellphone number and a number of castoffs to send west. Lynn McGinnis Glendale :: How to become a millionaire? Just ask Jim Buss. He managed to turn a billion-dollar enterprise into a million-dollar one. Sam Austin Bermuda Dunes :: So the owner of the Knicks believes it is worth $60 million to have Phil Jackson watch the team lose for the next five years? Some might say even that amount isn't enough.
March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
If the Lakers and New York Knicks fight for a franchise-turning free agent in coming summers, Lakers governor Jeanie Buss isn't worried. But wouldn't new Knicks President Phil Jackson and his 13 championship rings (11 as a coach, two as a player) have more drawing power than Lakers executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak? “That's not true. I don't agree with that,” Jeanie Buss said Thursday on ESPN 710. “I think the Lakers are a legacy franchise. I think that players know when they come here this is the ultimate platform.
March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Here's the Lakers' newest nightmare development, other than the play-so-terribly-they-miss-playoffs one they're living now. It starts with plenty of money to spend on free agents. And there's a player or two who can change a franchise. But he's also being recruited by the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson vs. the Lakers? Could easily happen. It won't be in July unless the Lakers show a renewed interest in Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony should he opt out of his contract. But next year, when Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge could be available, the Knicks and Lakers will have plenty of money.
May 23, 2013 | Tribune services
Watch Phil Jackson talk to Chicago Tribune reporter K.C. Johnson about his new book, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success;" his future plans to possibly enter management, and he takes the opportunity to walk down memory Lane. ALSO: Phil Jackson throws the book at Kobe Bryant Jackson recalls his non-hiring by the Lakers on 'Tonight Show' Jackson skeptical that Dwight Howard has reason to return to Lakers
April 30, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Phil Jackson's second run with the Lakers ended after a second-round loss to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. During that series, Jackson revealed to the team that had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register . Jackson details his bout with cancer in his upcoming book, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " The cancer was treated initially with medication and later by surgery. After firing Mike Brown in November, the Lakers flirted with Jackson before hiring Coach Mike D'Antoni.
March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers lost a game to the San Antonio Spurs, but it wasn't an entirely bad day for them. Kobe Bryant didn't throttle anybody when given the chance. He even showed some sympathy toward Coach Mike D'Antoni several hours before the Lakers lost to the Spurs, 125-109, Wednesday at Staples Center. Bryant was noncommittal when asked whether D'Antoni should return next season - "I don't know," he said on the Dan Patrick Show - but he acknowledged all the losing wasn't necessarily D'Antoni's fault.
March 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has sympathy for Coach Mike D'Antoni but isn't sure if the coach should return. When asked on Wednesday by Dan Patrick of the " Dan Patrick Show " if D'Antoni has earned another year with the team, Bryant answered with some ambivalence. "I don't know," said Bryant. "It's been tough on him. The two years that he's been here, he's been dealing with so many injuries left and right. He hasn't really gotten a fair deal, fair shake at it since he's been here. " D'Antoni has another fully guaranteed season on his contract.
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