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Phil Jackson to return to the Knicks, take two?

Posted on: August 13, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 4:09 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

We've been down this road before. Pretty much the exact same report from the exact same source. Is Phil Jackson already thinking about an NBA return, specifically with his old team, the Knicks?

That's what the New York Post says.
Sources have told The Post that Jackson could come back to the NBA, with New York being an option. Sources say Jackson has not been approached by Dolan. Jackson was on the Knicks' two title-winning teams and his girlfriend, Lakers VP Jeanie Buss, often travels to New York on business. Sources say Jackson's hip and knee issues would not be the deciding factor. Jackson turns 66 next month.
What this very well could be is not a separate report by the paper, but just reciting the previous one in a story about Jackson at last night's Hall of Fame ceremonies. Either way, at this point, it seems like it would be somewhat of a longshot. If Jackson's thinking about a New York return, he's doing it all while taking little jabs at his potential future boss.

At last night's ceremony, Jackson joked, "Im going to rewrite Knicks owner Jimmy Dolan's song ‘Fix the Knicks‘. I think he needs either a better lyricist or a better musician.” Zing.

At his retirement press conference, Jackson said, "All my hopes and aspirations are this is the final game I'll coach. This has been a wonderful run." Which obviously makes it seem as if he's done.

But as if he was leaving the door open even more, when Jackson was asked about a potential return, instead of just saying, "Nope, it's over," he left us all with a little curiousity. “I’ll know in October, November, December, January or February, whenever they start the season, what it’s like to be without ball again,” he said. Doesn't exactly sound like a guy totally intent on staying retired.

Then again, Jackson has always gotten a kick out of playing coy with the media, so he could just be messing around with everyone. He can't play mind games on Kevin Durant and LeBron James anymore so now he's doing it to us. Dang it, Phil.

So maybe there'a bit of smoke to the Knicks stuff. IF Jackson were to come back, it's the completely natural and sensible place for him to return. Jackson is very good friends with Bill Bradley, who is closely connected to the Knicks and Jackson played the majority of his 13-year NBA career with the Knicks as a fan favorite. He was part of the Knicks' two NBA championships.

Mike D'Antoni might not last much longer if the Knicks don't turn it around and you know Dolan is at least going to call Jackson. From that point, it'll simply be up to the Zen Master -- and likely his hips and back -- as to if he's really done or not.
Comments

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Phil Jackson to return to the Knicks, take two?

Do you want to impress me Phil? Take over the Nets or the Clippers or the Wizards. Please this guy always finds the next team on the cusp and oes there. Not impressed...  jackson does not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Red Auerbach. 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Phil Jackson to return to the Knicks, take two?

Yeah... what has it been, like 3 years since they won?Laughing  Good lord.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Phil Jackson to return to the Knicks, take two?

Phil Jackson in NY? Make it happen! It's about time the people of NY got a franchise that wasn't known for disappointing its fans. *The Yankees have not been to the WS in years* 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Phil Jackson to return to the Knicks, take two?

Yeah... considering they have Amar'e AND Melo?  I'd say there is some potential there.  Plus, they are already setting their roster up to bring in one of the big names in 2012 (probably Chris Paul, Deron Williams, or Dwight Howard).  So yeah... this team is full of potential.  How about this?  They trade Amar'e straight up for Howard, and bring in Paul, along with a supporting cast.  Is that enough star power?



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Phil Jackson to return to the Knicks, take two?

Phil Jackson won't go there because they don't have one of the best players in the league; a key ingredient. Melo is good, but he's not what gets you over the top. That Bulls lineup, or Shaq and Kobe in their primes... those were greats. I think Phil Jackson deserves a lot of credit for his career, and I'm sure he knows what he's doing, but lets be real here, Phil Jackson isn't taking the Knicks job.



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Phil Jackson to return to the Knicks, take two?

I think Phil embraces players with mental toughness, and sorry but that team down in South Beach showed that they lack that quality.

You say that like the Knicks put on an awesome display of mental toughness getting swept out of the first round of the playoffs. If the first round of the playoffs is too big a stage for the Knicks two "semi-superstars" , then I hardly believe that they are the type of mentally tough players that Phil would embrace.

 Phil Jackson is an oppotunist. The only team he would come out of retirement for is a team that is ready-made built for a title run like Miami . A team that has two SUPERSTARS who actually play on both ends of the floor which is something that requires mental toughness AND heart.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:22 am
 

Phil Jackson to return to the Knicks, take two?

Miami would be a championship team with phil no doubt about it. They did lack mental toughness last season albiet their first year together. That being said the Knicks do have 2 great players in the prime of their careers. And a incredibly experience pg which phil prizes. Obviously look at how long he held on to Ron H and Derek f . Man were they geezers, but they held it together. No regrets.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:20 am
 

Phil Jackson to return to the Knicks, take two?

I think miami did amazing for a first year team together with throw ins besides the big 3.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Phil Jackson to return to the Knicks, take two?

LOL..., yeah a team like Miami. Last time I checked, Melo and Amare' were All-Stars, and Melo entered the league the same year as
"The Choken One". They say a great coach makes a team better. Phil has been widely considered the best coach in NBA history, so if he did choose to come back why not with the Knicks? I think Phil embraces players with mental toughness, and sorry but that team down in South Beach showed that they lack that quality.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:01 pm
 

He won't do it

Phil Jackson only coaches teams with great players in the primes of their careers.  That leaves Miami and, uh.....Miami.  Sorry, Knicks, but you will have to have a lot better roster to entice Phil Jackson out of retirement.


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