Phil Jackson Says He’s Done Being An NBA Coach

Apr 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Phil Jackson (left) and Jeannie Buss stand with Los Angeles Lakers former player Shaquille O

The man, the myth, the legend that is Phil Jackson says that he has no intention of returning to the NBA as a coach, though, may return at some point in a front office setting.

Jackson, just a few weeks ago revealed that he had a deal to “work” with the Seattle based investment group hoping to relocate the Sacramento Kings franchise. In what capacity he was to work with them (front office? coach?) is something we may never know as the sale and thus relocation of the Kings was denied. What we do know though is Jackson is done being a coach in the NBA – at least – that’s what he says.

Per the Los Angeles Times:

Phil Jackson doesn’t want to lie to himself, he’s done coaching.

“Sometimes I feel I can still get out there and do it but the reality is I’m kidding myself,” Jackson said at a “Live Talks Los Angeles” event at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Wednesday.

Jackson said he returned for one final year with the team in 2010-11 as a favor to the late Dr. Jerry Buss (and his support staff).

“When I was done I knew I was done — physically it was over,” he said.  “Even though after I got a knee replacement and a prostatectomy in the last year and a half.”

Of course, Jackson has been known to change his mind a time or twenty, so if any franchise was willing to offer up enough cash, I have a feeling Jackson may alter his current tune.

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