Phil Jackson is option No. 1 for the New York Knicks as coach next season. And option No. 2. And No. 3. He is the guy James Dolan wants according to every report and rumor.
But I’m not convinced Phil Jackson wants to do it — watching him in Los Angeles the last couple years he was clearly weary of the grind. He had both hips replaced, he has a knee surgery coming up, and with all the travel and sleeping in hotels, the rushed meals and sparring with the media — the lifestyle of being an NBA coach — he just seemed done with it.
Derek Fisher pretty much sums up what I think, speaking with the Los Angeles Times.
“Recognizing how competitive he is, and how much he still loves the game itself and from his great memories of New York, from that standpoint I wouldn’t be surprised,” Fisher said. “But I would be surprised from a quality-of-life standpoint. I’m just not sure if physically where he left off if he has, or wants to have, the energy that’s required to run an NBA team and the travel and everything that comes with it. I just don’t know if that’s where he is in his life overall right now.”
I don’t think it is.
He’ll flirt with the Knicks. He’ll be very tempted. But at the end of the day he just will not do it because he’s doesn’t want to lead the lifestyle anymore.
The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.
Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.
Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.
His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.
He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka are healthy — just how good will the Thunder be?
The bold prediction in this PBT Extra preview with Jenna Corrado is that the Thunder will win 60 games, something they have not yet done. I wouldn’t bet on them hitting that number — with a new coach, and them making sure Durant and Westbrook get rest coming off injuries, plus the fact they’re in the deep West, that number may be high.
I think they have a better chance to come out of the West than win 60 games. I think they have a good shot to come out of the West.