The Los Angeles Lakers have been rumored to be bringing back former head coach (and boyfriend of co-owner Jeanie Buss) Phil Jackson for quite some time.
Jackson, who had a deal to join the front office of the Sacramento Kings if they moved to Seattle has been working as a ‘consultant’ for the Lakers for months now, but it appears the franchise has officially came out and confirmed the role today.
It’s not exactly an official position, but rather just help when needed, which gives Jackson the freedom his so desires.
It also puts him in a position to potentially do some broadcasting for the Lakers, according to Miss Buss:
“We can call him at any time,” Jim Buss said. “(GM) Mitch (Kupchak) has sat down with him several times, especially with the Dwight situation. I’d be more than happy to have him on a consultant basis. I don’t think we’re paying him and I don’t know if he has an official title. I have no idea if Jeanie wants to sit down and discuss that. But I have no issues with him coming back or having a role.”
Jeanie even believes Jackson would be open to filling a broadcasting role if needed.
“He wants to be supportive of me and the organization,” she said. “He has no contractual obligation. He would listen to anything where he might be able to help. If we asked him to fill in on the broadcast because someone was out, I’m sure he’d do it. Just because everyone puts him as a coach doesn’t mean that’s the only thing he’s capable of doing.”