Phil Jackson says he's likely to coach Lakers next year
In his pregame talk with the media, Phil Jackson sounded a little less
certain, and a little more like this was all tied to winning another
title. From the AP story:
Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he hasn’t decided whether he’ll
return for another season on the Los Angeles bench but he might be
compelled to come back if his team wins another championship.
Jackson told reporters before the Lakers’ game Friday night in Oklahoma City that "if we win, it’s almost imperative that I give it another shot."
This is a little motivation and negotiation from Jackson. He wants to come back but: 1) Only a fool would say they are certain to do something before they enter negotiations on a contract, giving the other side leverage, and Jackson is no fool; 2) He wants to motivate his team with the "my fate is in your hands" thing. These comments do not change anything. The general feeling among people with and around the Lakers is Jackson is strongly leaning toward returning, but he wants to get through the playoffs and talk to his doctor before he and Buss sit down. That said, baring something unexpected, Jackson will return next year to LA.
3:40 pm: This news is not a surprise, everyone around the Lakers expected it — Phil Jackson was not going to walk away from the Lakers coaching gig, unless he couldn’t walk.
Jackson says he wants to come back and coach the Lakers again next year. Scott Howard-Cooper got the scoop at NBA.com.
Asked if he thinks he will be back with a new deal in 2010-11, Jackson said without hesitation: "Yeah."
"The wear and tear of a season, I think, affects everybody, the travel and whatever else you have to do for an extended time," he said at the Ford Center after a Lakers shoot around in preparation for the game against the Thunder later Friday. "But, all that being said, I’m as mobile as I’ve ever been in the last three years. That helps. I’m dealing with less arthritic elements that are painful things going on as you age. But there are still considerations as to the duration that I will coach, simply because I have to stay attuned to that.