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.
May 16, 2013 |
It took some time for former Lakers' coach Phil Jackson to learn how to communicate with Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest). "My major concern about Ron was whether he could learn the triangle offense fast enough. Like Dennis Rodman, Ron had a hard time staying focused," writes Jackson in his upcoming memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " World Peace joined the Lakers for the 2009-10 season, ultimately helping the team win the title over the Boston Celtics.
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?
May 17, 2013 |
Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson visited Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" on Thursday night to promote his upcoming book "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " Jackson described his brief flirtation with returning to the Lakers early in the season. "They fired the coach, Mike Brown," said Jackson. "I had no idea they were going to come after me, but Jeanie [Buss] comes home and she says, 'Will you talk to my brother. '" Jim Buss runs the Lakers' basketball operations department while his sister Jeanie, also Jackson's fiancee, is in charge of the team's business operations.
June 5, 2009 |
Wait, which one was supposed to be Superman? Kobe Bryant, not Dwight Howard, was the one weaving his way through the defense, scoring at will, and pushing his team to a decisive Game 1 victory Thursday in the NBA Finals. Bryant scored 40 points, more than he ever had in the Finals, and stole Howard's heroic moniker for at least one night as the Lakers blew past the Orlando Magic, 100-75, at Staples Center. As for Howard, Orlando's gregarious center, somebody obviously stepped on his cape.
June 6, 2013 |
Phil Jackson's book tour continues on Wednesday with "An Evening With Phil Jackson in Conversation With John Salley. " Hosted by the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Jackson will discuss his memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " Jackson writes about his formative years with the New York Knicks, his run of six titles with the Chicago Bulls and his two sets of championship teams with the Lakers. Salley played for Jackson with the Lakers and Bulls. The event is part of a series produced by "Live Talks," an organization that brings together authors, artists, leaders, musicians, scientists and business leaders throughout venues in Los Angeles. Previous discussions include Tina Fey talking with Steve Martin, Harry Belafonte with Tim Robbins, Burt Bacharach with Mitch Albom and Amy Poehler with Jane Lynch.
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.
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.
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.