April 21, 2014 |
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.
January 11, 2013 |
Sorry, Lakers fans. You can't have Phil. Despite the reappearance of chants for Phil Jackson at Lakers games, Mike D'Antoni is still their coach. And will be in the future. " 'WE WANT PHIL' is not going to happen," Jackson said in an e-mail to The Times. Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Lakers have D'Antoni under contract for two more seasons and $8 million. Mike Brown, fired in November after a 1-4 start, is owed an additional $6 million after this season. That's $14 million for D'Antoni and Brown until 2015.
January 9, 2013 |
According to Chris Sheridan , Phil Jackson will not return as coach this season. "I have no intention of ever coaching again," said Jackson told SheridanHoops.com. Jackson and the Lakers briefly discussed a third partnership before the team turned instead to hire Mike D'Antoni. While Jackson never explicitly stated he would re-join the Lakers if offered the position, people close to Jackson at the time believed he would. More recently, Jackson gave Lakers executive Jeanie Buss an engagement ring. Buss sent out a picture of the ring on Twitter, although a wedding date has not been announced.
March 12, 2011 |
Coach Phil Jackson has figured out what to do when he leaves the Lakers. It involves working for his longtime foil, Mark Cuban . "He's very good for the game," Jackson said Saturday in an uncharacteristic compliment of the Dallas Mavericks owner. "I'm trying to [be] a friend of Mark because Charlie and I want to be on a show together. " Who's Charlie? " Charlie Sheen . " Oh, of course. What would they possibly talk about together on Cuban's cable channel, HDNet?
January 22, 2010 |
There was a reason Phil Jackson could be seen balancing a large stack of books earlier this week at a Los Angeles bookstore. The Lakers coach bought books for each of his players and distributed them before their eight-game trip, part of an annual ritual before a Jackson-coached team begins a long winter trip. Kobe Bryant , who rolls his eyes whenever Jackson gives him a book, probably won't be perusing what Jackson handed him: "Montana 1948," a Larry Watson novel about a middle-class Montana family torn apart by a scandal in the late 1940s.
October 25, 2013 |
Phil Jackson may be coming to terms with the idea that he is done coaching in the NBA. "I'm realistically thinking about the fact that I probably won't be able to physically coach again," Jackson said on "The Seth Davis Show. " The interview with the former Lakers coach is scheduled to run in two parts on Oct. 28 and Nov. 1 via the website CampusInsiders.com . Jackson won five championships as head coach of the Lakers. He also won six in Chicago with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
March 14, 2014 |
Seeking a return to prominence after decades of futility, the New York Knicks brought back a part of their past glory Friday when they officially agreed to hire Phil Jackson as team president, according to multiple reports. The Knicks have scheduled a news conference for 8 a.m. PDT Tuesday at Madison Square Garden for what they have termed a "major announcement. " ESPN reported that Jackson's contract was expected to pay him $12 million a year. Jackson, 68, will be making his first foray into the front office of an NBA team after winning 11 titles as a coach with the Lakers and Chicago Bulls.
April 18, 2010 |
The Lakers are entering the postseason for the 56th time in their history. Will it be their last with Phil Jackson? Among the many story lines as the playoffs begin — Can Kobe Bryant win a fifth championship ring? Can the Lakers win their 16th title to move within one of the Boston Celtics — is whether Jackson will come back next season. The Lakers' coach has dropped hints that he might be done, particularly if he can't get messages through to players or if the Lakers don't come close to repeating as champions.
March 19, 2014 |
On Tuesday, the New York Knicks introduced Phil Jackson as president. Later that night, Jeanie Buss, the Lakers co-owner and executive who is Jackson's fiancée, said the Lakers didn't have a job for him. "He was not offered any official position," said Buss on " Access SportsNet " on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. "There were a lot of Laker functions that Phil was with me, because he was there to support me in no official capacity....
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.