Phil Jackson met with Los Angeles Lakers brass to discuss the possibility of returning to the team for a third time as head coach. According to analysts on ESPN it is only a matter of time before the Zen master is back on the sidelines in Hollywood. Jackson is reportedly asking for a salary similar to the one he was earning during his last go-round (about $10 million a year), more input on basketball decisions and travel restrictions that would limit the amount of road games he would attend.
Phil walked away from the Lakers after the 2011 season on his own accord, albeit with a bad taste in his mouth losing in a sweep to Dallas, amidst a slew of health issues. Jackson who has won six titles with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Chicago Bulls, and five titles (three in a row with Shaquille O’Neal & Kobe Bryant and two with Kobe and Pau Gasol) with the Lakers has to be intrigued by the current roster. With the best big man in the game (despite what Shaq says) in Dwight Howard, a Hall-of-Fame point guard in Steve Nash to go with Bryant and Gasol, Jackson must be dreaming about a ring for his other big toe.
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The deal still hinges on whether the President of Basketball Operations Jim Buss pulls the trigger on the deal. Buss was the guy who brought in Mike Brown to try and move away from the Phil Jackson era. We saw how that worked out in Chicago (remember Tim Floyd?). Bringing in Jackson will put the Lakers right back where they were projected to be in the preseason: The NBA Finals.