Whatever the reality of all the "he said, he said" business may be, the fact is that Phil Jackson will not succeed Mike Brown as the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Don't expect the Zen Master to simply drift into retirement, though. He showed an itch to return to the NBA this past summer, when he was approached by the Orlando Magic and the Portland Trail Blazers, albeit not necessarily to stalk the sidelines again.
If anything, the latest chapter in Jackson's ongoing tiff with Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and team executive vice president Jim Buss might've further stoked the fire in Phil's belly to get back into the coaching game.
And if P-Jax is willing to teach the Triangle offense and show off his 11 rings again, you can bet there will be at least a handful of teams willing to cast their lot with the most successful coach the sport has ever seen.
Surely, Jackson will return the favor with a receptive ear, assuming the price is right.