Report: Phil Jackson 'Itching' for NBA Return

Report: Phil Jackson 'Itching' for NBA Return

Former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson is reportedly “itching” to return to the NBA next season.

According to ESPN’s sources, Jackson “has become increasingly interested in working in the NBA next season.”

Though there are many teams that are interested in Jackson’s coaching, Jackson may also be “intrigued by the concept of moving into management for the first time in his career”–like former Lakers coach and Miami Heat President Pat Riley. 

Jackson left the NBA after the 2010-11 season. He has won 11 championship rings–six with the Bulls and five with the Lakers. 

He is also reportedly engaged to Jeanie Buss, the daughter of the late Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Jeanie is believed by many to be the best person to run the franchise after the passing of her father, who revolutionized the NBA. 

The Lakers almost hired Jackson this year after firing head coach Mike Brown, but instead opted for current coach Mike D’Antoni. Under D’Antoni, the Lakers, who barely made the Western Conference playoffs as a seventh seed, have been inconsistent, at best, and underachieved all season.