NBA rumors are swirling around New York Knicks president Phil Jackson. The “Zen Master” has an opt-out clause in his contract this season and there are speculations that he will be leaving the Knicks and return to the Los Angeles Lakers as an executive in 2017.
Since Phil Jackson left the Los Angeles Lakers, rumors continue to spread regarding his possible return. Despite being hired as the President of the New York Knicks, some people believe that the “Zen Master” will be part of the purple and gold once again. However, recently, in an interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Jackson said that it was “never important” for him to return to the Lakers.
“They’re moving forward in the right direction. [First-year coach] Luke [Walton] has them engaged, Brian [Shaw] is an associate head coach; they have a core group of guys that will get it done. It was never important to me to go back and be a part of that,” Jackson said. “Especially not now. I have this job, this commitment.”
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently doing good in the 2016-17 NBA season under new head coach Luke Walton. If they continue to improve their performance, there is a higher possibility that they could earn a spot in the 2017 NBA playoffs. Meanwhile, Jackson is trying to bring back the Knicks to title contention.
In the recent offseason, the Knicks succeeded to surround star Carmelo Anthony with quality players, including Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings, and Joakim Noah. Before the start of the season, some people think that the Knicks were a “Super Team”. However, their recent standing, 4-6, proved that the Knicks still need to improve their chemistry.
Last week, reports claimed that Phil Jackson was unhappy with the Knicks’ limited usage of the triangle offense. Coach Jeff Hornacek prefers to use a fast-paced offense and Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony also expressed his disagreement with Jackson’s system. If things don’t go well for the Knicks, Jackson might change his mind and opt-out this season.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss said that he will vacate his position if the Lakers fail to make a deep playoff run this season. The Lakers could improve their win-loss record this season, but they should double their efforts if they would want to enter the playoffs. Jackson’s return to the Lakers may have been questionable for now but most Lakers fans must be interested to see the “Zen Master” back in the purple and gold.
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