Lakers News: Phil Jackson Says He Won't Return, Laughs at Lakers' Championship Dreams
Jackson, who turns 67 in September, won six titles with Chicago and five with the Lakers as a coach -- and also two as a player with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973. (Photo: Reuters)
The NBA season is only a bit more than a month old and the Los Angeles Lakers have already had enough drama to fill two seasons of soap operas. After firing then-coach Mike Brown after just five games, the Lakers all but hinted they were going to bring back Phil Jackson, before, abruptly, hiring Mike D'Antoni. The move suprised even Jackson, who thought he had 48 hours to think about whether or not he would accept the job.
Now with the Lakers struggling so mightily, it's very likely that both Brown and Jackson are chuckling at home.
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Gossip site TMZ tracked down Jackson yesterday -- while he was on a date with Jeannie Buss, daughter of the Lakers' owner Jerry Buss -- and asked the 11-time championship coach about his thoughts on the Lakers.
Jackson said he "won't return to the Lakers" now, even if they fire D'Antoni and beg.
Then Jackson said the Lakers would turn things around. To a point.
"You think a championship?" asked the douchebag TMZ cameraman.
"No, I don't know about that," Jackson responded, with a smirk.
Watch the video at the TMZ site.
So yes, this Lakers season is officially entering high drama mode. TNT must love them.
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