Will the Zen Master come out of retirement for another stab at a title?
That’s what the rumor mill is saying after Doc Rivers departed the Clippers job, and has since been hired in Philadelphia.
Portland columnist Dwight Jaynes thinks Steve Ballmer will bypass Tyronn Lue and go for more name recognition with the next Clippers coach.
Say, Phil Jackson.
“And that would be Phil Jackson.
Jackson might like to wipe away the memory of his stint running the New York Knicks and go back to something he’s more comfortable with — coaching. And the beaches of southern California. He is currently said to be living in Montana.
But would he return to a job where he would be a direct competitor with the Lakers, and his ex-fiancee, Jeanie Buss? Would he put his sparkling championship record on the line for that job?
Some others have suggested the Clippers should hire Phil as well:
I don’t know if he’s take it, or if his body is well enough to even do it: But the Clippers should call Phil Jackson.
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) September 28, 2020
Twitter quickly weighed in the rumor:
Media: “The Clippers should hire Phil Jackson!”
Phil Jackson: pic.twitter.com/zqWQO1G1Yx
— GoldenKnightⒸ (@GoldenKnightGFX) September 29, 2020
Phil Jackson coaching the Clippers?
Come on bruh. From MJ to Kobe to…Paul George? pic.twitter.com/DiU6cm2huv
— Chris Rogers (@Codename_Leo) September 28, 2020
The rest of the NBA hearing “Phil Jackson should coach the Clippers” be like: pic.twitter.com/FibTZsrDnD
— insecure Al (@insecure_al) September 28, 2020
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Phil Jackson on his way to save the Clippers 👀 https://t.co/sNByUFjNca
— 4_sumthin_24 (@ace_1985) September 28, 2020
Phil Jackson interested in coaching the Clippers but only if he can do it from his bed, Finals games only, and for a 10-season contract paid in a lump sum direct deposited into his account tomorrow, sources tell ESPN. pic.twitter.com/tT1fAhcwJr
— Better Woj (@BetterWoj) September 29, 2020
Phil Jackson is 4-1 on the betting sites to become the next coach of the Clippers. Not sure if there is anything to that or just wishful thinking by some. #NBA
— Carl Berman (@carlberman) September 29, 2020
— JustJoshDamnit (@njhunt02) September 29, 2020
There’s absolutely very little chance this happens.
But sure it’s fun to speculate. If Phil was ten years younger it would be a no brainer, but he’s probably not fit to deal with the brutal travel schedule.
If only he could have been coaching the Clippers in the bubble.
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