Phil Jackson Is “Itching” To Get Back To Basketball

4/19/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Apr 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   Phil Jackson (left) and Jeannie Buss stand with Los Angeles Lakers former player Shaquille O'Neal as his jersey is retired during a half time ceremony during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsDespite the Los Angeles Lakers making it into the seventh seed, let alone the playoffs, there are still loud rumblings for the organization to rehire Phil Jackson.

Apparently he's had some internal rumblings as well because he is reportedly “itching” to make a return to the NBA, according to an ESPN report.

Jackson took some needed time off after the 2010-11 season with the Lakers, then apparently entertained the notion of coaching the purple and gold when the job was briefly extended to him this season, before it was given to Mike D'Antoni.

However, after that, Jackson told Charley Rosen that he didn't have any intention of coaching anymore.

This leaves one option for the Zen Master: a front office position.

Where he would fit in is the issue. His fiancee Jeanie Buss runs the business side of things in the Lakers organization, her brother Jim Buss is the vice president and Mitch Kupchak is the general manager. Jackson's presence in any other influential role would surely challenge Jim's authority.

Even though he failed to win the championship with the Lakers in his last year, there's no doubt that Jackson has one of the greatest basketball minds in the history of the game. His foresight and ability to juggle personalities is part of what made him such a great coach, and leader.

There are obviously several other teams who have shown interest in Jackson, like the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. There's even whispers that he could get a front office job should the Sacramento Kings move to Seattle.

Despite all the evidence to the contrary though, Jackson has done little things to make it seem like he could still have an interest in coaching the Lakers, like texting Dwight Howard words of encouragement, for example.

And despite what the couple says, his impending marriage to Jeanie has to hold some weight. They've been partners for years, but no one wants to spend the first years of marriage living in different states.

Jackson is good for the game of basketball, so hopefully he does make a return, and the Lakers would be smart to get him, no matter the cost and in whatever capacity is feasible.

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