When it comes to professional athletes and head coaches, one thing is always certain–it’s never easy to walk away from the game. Over the last few months, former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has seen his name thrown in the mix for a possible return this season and even though he claims to have no intention of coaching again–there’s no way that can be 100 percent true.
Look back a couple of months ago when the Lakers were in need of a new head coach after firing Mike Brown just five games into the 2012-13 season and how Jackson was showing interest in taking over the head coaching gig. With a team consisting of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace, any head coach would love to jump on an opportunity like this to make a run at the NBA Finals.
Even though Jackson missed out on the opportunity after the organization gave the job to Mike D’Antoni instead, it seemed like there was a part of Jackson that was upset over the team’s decision to pass on him as head coach. Even recently, the Brooklyn Nets expressed their interest in bringing Jackson on for the remainder of the regular season and would even pursue him during the offseason if necessary.
Jackson may claim he has no intention of returning now, but everybody knows retirement gets a little boring from time to time and with a talented team like the Nets–don’t be surprised if the head coach who has won 11 NBA Finals at least considers one final return to the sidelines.
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