Phil Jackson got plenty of NBA fans excited after he took an interest in the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coaching position earlier this season, but when he was passed on in favor of Mike D’Antoni, not only was he left a bit shocked, but he may have had a bitter taste in his mouth as well.
The 11-time NBA champion told SheridanHoops.com on Tuesday night: “I have no intention of ever coaching again.”
This announcement comes about two weeks after he was told the Brooklyn Nets had placed him at the top of their coaching wishlist after they dismissed Avery Johnson. He said at that time he was not interested in the position and it appears he’s sticking to his word.
P.J. Carlesimo is 6-1 as the interim coach of the Nets and is said to likely finish out the season, but team owner and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov still may consider pursuing Jackson during the offseason, according to ESPN.com.
There’s no doubt that the Brooklyn job would have been appealing to a younger Jackson. The Nets are a playoff-bound team with a talented roster and they play in the biggest market of all–New York City.
Of course, we’ve seen this song and dance from Jackson before, as he came out of retirement to coach a stacked Lakers squad that went on to win him five more titles to go along with the six he won with Chicago. Although, he certainly appears to be happy with his new relaxing life with new fiance Jeanie Buss, the daughter or Lakers owner Jerry Buss.
So do you think he is content to stay retired? And should he come back for one last hoorah? Sound off in the comments below.