Phil Jackson executive producer of new Showtime drama

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What is Phil Jackson going to do during his retirement?

How about become an executive producer? He still lives much of the year in Los Angeles, after all.

Showtime is producing a new hour-long series about a family that runs a professional basketball team (sound familiar?) and Jackson, his fiancee Jeanie Buss, Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis and his wife all are attached as executive producers, reports Variety (via Reddit).

Ron Shelton, the creative talent behind such noted sports movies as “Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup” and “White Men Can’t Jump,” will write, direct and exec produce the project.

Jeanie Buss, the senior vice president of the Los Angeles Lakers and Linda Rambis will executive produce via production company Street Reason Entertainment.

This has the potential to be good. As we have seen in recent years when creative people are given some freedom on cable networks to explore their vision as they see fit, we get some great television. Shelton has talent, what happens if he gets turned loose?

Now, if this new show’s comic relief is the slow-witted brother in a baseball cap who keeps screwing up the fictional team, we will know Phil and Jeanie got script input.