Phil Jackson: There’s a 90% Chance I’ll Coach Lakers Next Year
Phil Jackson says he hopes to return as the Los Angeles Lakers coach next season and can’t envision coaching anywhere else next year.
Maybe. Probably. Like 90 percent.
“I’d say it’s 90 percent that if I’m coaching it’ll be here,” Jackson cautiously mused before the Lakers game against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
Jackson’s contract expires at the end of this season. The uncertainty over whether he’ll sign an extension escalated last week when team vice president and Jackson’s long-term girlfriend Jeanie Buss said that she thinks Jackson, 64, will coach next season, but wasn’t sure that it would be with the Lakers. She said her father, Lakers owner Jerry Buss, doesn’t want to continue paying Jackson at his current $12 million a season rate.