It is good to see good ‘ole Phil Jackson on the Twitter machine nowadays, and he took to it Sunday night to show his excitement of Kobe Bryant’s return for the Los Angeles Lakers from his Achilles injury suffered on April 12 of this year. His first tweet was on Mar. 27, where he rather eloquently stated,
11 champ;ipnsikp[ ringhs
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) March 27, 2013
Clearly he meant “11 Championship Rings.” Since then, Jackson has posted about various things, ranging from events he’s been to, philosophical quotes, pictures of his Championships, and tonight’s most recent tweet where he stated,
Excited to see Kobe back on the floor tonite? I’m hoping he’s at least 90%. Remembering a game vs. Toronto one Sunday some 7 years ago#81
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) December 8, 2013
Jackson is referring to the game on Jan. 22, 2006 where Bryant went 28-of-46 shots for a total of 81 points against the very same Toronto Raptors that he will return against tonight. Unfortunately, Bryant isn’t going to get anywhere near the 81 point performance of year’s back, as he is on a 20-29 minute limit tonight in his return. Regardless, it will be an exciting night in Los Angeles, as tonight’s game is in Staples Center.
It still remains unlikely that arguably the greatest coach of all time will ever return to take the reigns of a NBA franchise, but every offseason rumor will continue to swirl in large markets like Los Angeles and New York. Jackson is currently 68 years old and only one year older than current Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman, but Jackson’s various health concerns make him a long shot to ever return.
It’s good to see coach Jackson on Twitter and showing his support for his former Star tonight, but the NBA will continue to miss him.
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