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July 5, 2010
Smug? Yes. Best? Yes. Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel Is Phil Jackson the greatest NBA coach who ever lived? Or has he lived the greatest life of any coach? Yes and yes — plus, he also gets the girl (Jeanie Buss). We never seem to assign a sarcastic asterisk to Red Auerbach, John Wooden, Don Shula, Joe Paterno or Joe Torre, each of whom prospered on the backs of stars. Deal me a Shaq and Kobe for Phil's hand, and I'll raise you Russell and Cousy for Red's.
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November 12, 2012
Yes, if they give him time Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel Yes, Mike Apostrophe certainly is —for two reasons. 1. D'Antoni is now the Lakers coach because Phil Jackson didn't want the job that badly; 2. Kobe Bryant likes him. Hard to believe Jackson wouldn't want to lead another loaded team. Then again, he wanted to coach and run the Lakers in his spare time, and at a high salary. When Jackson was flirting with the Magic, word was he wanted a piece of the franchise.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2004
If Phil Jackson has what Larry Brown wants, Brown sure isn't letting on. Jackson, the nine-time NBA champion coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, brings an overwhelming favorite into tonight's opener of the NBA Finals. Brown, hired in the offseason specifically to get the Detroit Pistons to this level, has no titles on his professional resume. But with all the story lines available heading into this NBA championship series, Brown's quest for a ring is not one of them, or at least he's determined not to let it become one. "I think it means more to other people that are close to me than me," Brown said of the championship chase the other day. "Of course, at the beginning of the season our goal is to win an NBA championship, and that will always be the case.
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June 25, 2012
Ask Kevin Durant Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel Here's the bigger question: Does Kevin Durant still want Scott Brooks to be the coach? If the answer is yes, then Oklahoma City will sign Brooks to an extension. Why is it taking so long? The Thunder likely don't want to commit to him for more than two more years in case playoff results dictate the hiring of a new voice. The Thunder lost the title to the Heat. Could another coach get them over the hump?
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2000
Phil Jackson had heard all the stories about the Los Angeles Lakers being two different teams, one belonging to Shaquille O'Neal and the other to Kobe Bryant. Even before he began coaching them this season, Jackson could tell that by watching the Lakers on television during a year's hiatus at his home in Montana. He knew that getting the two stars to play together would be his most important - and difficult - task. It wasn't just that they needed the ball to showcase their remarkable talents.
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May 27, 1994
Lenny Wilkens, who in his first season with Atlanta guided the Hawks to a 57-25 record, an improvement of 14 games over last season, was rewarded yesterday with his first NBA Coach of the Year Award.His team won Atlanta's first Central Division title since 1987 and tied the New York Knicks for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The 57 wins tied a franchise record and made Wilkens the second coach to surpass 900 career victories."I never thought we'd be that successful, but felt I could make a difference," he said.
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November 12, 2012
Yes, if they give him time Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel Yes, Mike Apostrophe certainly is —for two reasons. 1. D'Antoni is now the Lakers coach because Phil Jackson didn't want the job that badly; 2. Kobe Bryant likes him. Hard to believe Jackson wouldn't want to lead another loaded team. Then again, he wanted to coach and run the Lakers in his spare time, and at a high salary. When Jackson was flirting with the Magic, word was he wanted a piece of the franchise.
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June 21, 2010
If Phil's back, LA rolls Josh Robbins Orlando Sentinel Get ready for a three-peat, Los Angeles. The Lakers should be considered the favorites to win a third consecutive NBA title next June as long as Phil Jackson returns as head coach. The nucleus of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest is under contract for the 2010-11 season. Bynum should be healthy. Even if Derek Fisher retires, Mitch Kupchak should be able to find a point guard to fill the void.
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June 28, 2010
The NBA rumor mill continued to churn Sunday, four days before the opening of the most anticipated free-agency period in years. Chris Bosh , appearing at a charity golf tournament in Miami, said the Heat remain a possibility and denied a New York report that he already has decided to join the Bulls. Knicks officials, meanwhile, will be in Los Angeles when free agency begins at 12:01a.m. Thursday to meet with Joe Johnson and hopefully Amare Stoudemire , ESPN reported.
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October 3, 2010
Kobe Bryant will play limited minutes in the Lakers' two European preseason games as he rests his knee following offseason surgery, coach Phil Jackson said Saturday. The NBA champion Lakers will take on the Timberwolves in a sold-out game Monday night at London's O2 Arena, then play FC Barcelona in the Spanish city on Oct. 7. "He's not going to play a whole lot," Jackson said. "His playing time will be limited, maybe 6-7 minutes in his first run, then we'll see if he can play another set. "He's not doing anything too explosive, but he looked good and shot the ball well.
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By K.C. Johnson, Tribune newspapers | May 10, 2011
Jerry Krause never will forget the first time he met Phil Jackson. "I went out to North Dakota to scout him (for the Baltimore Bullets) in 1967," Krause, the former Bulls general manager, said in a phone interview. "And (his coach) Bill Fitch says, 'This kid can do something nobody else can.' I said, 'What's that?' He introduces me to Phil and we walk outside the back of the arena and there's an old, four-door Ford sitting there. "And Fitch says, 'Phil, show Mr. Krause what you can do with that car.' So Phil sits in the back seat and opens all four doors with both arms.
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March 30, 2011
No peaking too early Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel The notion of peaking "too early" is absurd. Last time I checked, it wasn't as if Kobe was playing 48 minutes or Phil even was making him practice. And it's not as if the Lakers didn't have their uneven moments earlier that provided vital lessons. While the Lakers and Celtics came off uneven finishes to the 2009-10 regular season to make it to the 2010 NBA Finals, it does not make it the preferred path.
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February 10, 2011
Kobe, Phil make it work K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune Carmelo Anthony would make any team he plays for better because the NBA is all about talent and creating matchup problems. In both departments, Anthony succeeds. And don't fret about Anthony and Kobe Bryant coexisting: Great players figure it out. Furthermore, Phil Jackson is a master at meshing talent, although how Anthony would fit in the triangle offense is a question mark. Anthony is one of the game's elite scorers, and the Lakers have enough size to overcome the loss of Andrew Bynum, though most reports state this is all a fantasy because the Lakers aren't parting with Bynum.
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October 3, 2010
Kobe Bryant will play limited minutes in the Lakers' two European preseason games as he rests his knee following offseason surgery, coach Phil Jackson said Saturday. The NBA champion Lakers will take on the Timberwolves in a sold-out game Monday night at London's O2 Arena, then play FC Barcelona in the Spanish city on Oct. 7. "He's not going to play a whole lot," Jackson said. "His playing time will be limited, maybe 6-7 minutes in his first run, then we'll see if he can play another set. "He's not doing anything too explosive, but he looked good and shot the ball well.
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July 5, 2010
Smug? Yes. Best? Yes. Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel Is Phil Jackson the greatest NBA coach who ever lived? Or has he lived the greatest life of any coach? Yes and yes — plus, he also gets the girl (Jeanie Buss). We never seem to assign a sarcastic asterisk to Red Auerbach, John Wooden, Don Shula, Joe Paterno or Joe Torre, each of whom prospered on the backs of stars. Deal me a Shaq and Kobe for Phil's hand, and I'll raise you Russell and Cousy for Red's.
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June 28, 2010
The NBA rumor mill continued to churn Sunday, four days before the opening of the most anticipated free-agency period in years. Chris Bosh , appearing at a charity golf tournament in Miami, said the Heat remain a possibility and denied a New York report that he already has decided to join the Bulls. Knicks officials, meanwhile, will be in Los Angeles when free agency begins at 12:01a.m. Thursday to meet with Joe Johnson and hopefully Amare Stoudemire , ESPN reported.
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June 25, 2012
Ask Kevin Durant Brian Schmitz Orlando Sentinel Here's the bigger question: Does Kevin Durant still want Scott Brooks to be the coach? If the answer is yes, then Oklahoma City will sign Brooks to an extension. Why is it taking so long? The Thunder likely don't want to commit to him for more than two more years in case playoff results dictate the hiring of a new voice. The Thunder lost the title to the Heat. Could another coach get them over the hump?
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By Mike Bresnahan and Mike Bresnahan,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 15, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Phil Jackson stepped back into the Los Angeles Lakers' soap opera yesterday, agreeing to return after a year's hiatus in which he caught lobsters off the coast of Australia, built a lakefront home in Montana and wrote a memoir in which he bared his ill feelings about the organization that dumped him. Jackson, who guided the Lakers to three NBA titles in five seasons, ended a slow-speed courtship by signing the richest per-season coaching deal...
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June 21, 2010
If Phil's back, LA rolls Josh Robbins Orlando Sentinel Get ready for a three-peat, Los Angeles. The Lakers should be considered the favorites to win a third consecutive NBA title next June as long as Phil Jackson returns as head coach. The nucleus of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest is under contract for the 2010-11 season. Bynum should be healthy. Even if Derek Fisher retires, Mitch Kupchak should be able to find a point guard to fill the void.
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By Mark Heisler, Tribune newspapers | June 13, 2010
BOSTON — It's the best of times and the worst of times, one more time. If the Lakers-Celtics wars of the 1980s seem as far removed as the Pleistocene Era, the teams are once more at each others' throats as if it's the last time, which it may be. In the salary cap era, it's hard to get any two teams to the NBA Finals. It does help if one has Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. It's not clear what the odds are with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, ages 34, 34 and 32, respectively.
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