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Let the silliness begin — Phil Jackson to the Knicks rumors


I would have thought this should have taken a week or so. I should have known better.

The New York Post is reporting that the Knicks might have Phil Jackson as their coach in 2012.

According to an NBA source, Jackson is definitely through with the Lakers, but would not rule out him coaching again in the NBA.

“If the right situation presented itself, he would have to consider it,” the league source said.

The Knicks could be the right situation in 2012, even if they are not on the verge of adding a third star in Chris Paul to go along with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.

It should be noted — if you didn’t know this — that Jackson is a former Knicks forward who was part of their early 1970s title teams. He has flirted with returning to coach there before.

Not. Going. To. Happen.

Phil Jackson is tired of coaching, of the grind and the travel, and he is not the kind of guy who after one year off will feel the need to sleep in hotel beds and eat bad food on airplanes again.

What’s more — the Knicks and Madison Square Garden represent a pure, glory days memory for him. To come back there and coach — to deal with the overreaction to losses, the pit bull media — would sully those memories. He will not do this.

He is not going to ever coach the Knicks. But you can bet the speculation will not die, either.

Video: Phil Jackson’s final press conference

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

We’ve talked about Phil Jackson and his legacy.

To go with that, we bring you some highlights from Phil Jackson’s last press conference (well, at least until the next book tour) as well as some comments from Kobe about Jackson’s influence. The video is below.

If you think he is coming back, watch this again. He is done.

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Just to be clear, Phil Jackson is not coming back

Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

Phil Jackson played it smart.

If he didn’t make another clear statement that this would be his last season coaching, he was going to be asked at every playoff press conference if he was returning next season.

Now he’ll only be asked it every other press conference. Becuase when he sat down with a handful of regular Lakers beat reporters Thursday night, Jackson made it clear he was not coming back for another season, writes Mike Bresnahan at the Los Angeles Times.

He has always hated the traveling, the uncomfortable beds in unfamiliar hotels, the bad food at late hours, the weather changes. All of it.

“It’s a really unhealthy lifestyle,” he said. “I think that’s a good reason to get out of the game in some ways too.”

He recounted with great sincerity how hard it was to return this season, period.

“I thought I was going to retire last July,” he said, remembering a conversation with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. “I told Mitch, ‘I don’t think I’m going to come back. You better plan on something besides this.’ ”

But the urge to chase a “three-peat,” not to mention phone calls from Bryant and Derek Fisher, drove him to return for what he called “the last stand.”

As for the next Lakers coach, current top assistant Brian Shaw makes the most sense because the Lakers are a triangle team built for that offense, and shaking up the system of a contending team makes little sense.

But team owner Jerry Buss has never been huge fans of the slow-it-down triangle offense, he would prefer to return to the days of Showtime, so the idea of them bringing in somebody to change the system now is not out of the question.