The Zen Master has become social.
UPDATE: Wednesday, March 27, at 6:45 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
And based on his maiden tweet, it's safe to say that Jackson has plenty of room for improvement.
11 champ;ipnsikp[ ringhs— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) March 27, 2013
Maybe a quick scan for spelling errors would be in order next time, coach.
Fittingly, Jackson was treated to one of Twitter's most endearing characteristics on his first attempt: immediate, sarcastic feedback.
Phil drunk off that vino RT @philjackson11: 11 champ;ipnsikp[ ringhs— ℓкяgιяℓ (@LKRGIRL) March 27, 2013
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Jackson's fiance, Jeanie Buss, broke the news on her own account.
Please welcome Phil Jackson to twitter @philjackson11— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) March 27, 2013
This is the biggest thing to happen since the equivalent of social-media sliced bread—Kobe Bryant joining twitter.
Almost needless (but not quite) to say, the Twittersphere exploded upon learning the 11-time coaching champion took the micro-blogging plunge.
Clearly, he couldn't hide his excitement. Not unlike how Jackson couldn't hide his championship rings.
Depicted on the Zen Master's wallpaper were 11 of his 13 total championship rings.
To some, 11 isn't enough. Yahoo! Sports' Kelly Dwyer responded to Jackson not representing all of his titles.
Does Phil Jackson know he won two championships with the Knicks, and has 13 rings? Did he leave them with Susan St. James one night?— Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) March 27, 2013
SLAM Online's Myles Brown implored us to count his rings as well.
The nerve of Phil, right? My condolences to New York Knicks fans (oh crap, that's me).
Speaking of nerve, Brown also poses an intriguing question about who will follow the other first, Kobe or Jackson?
I for one, will enjoy seeing who follows first: Kobe or Phil?— Myles Brown (@mdotbrown) March 27, 2013
Toeing along the same lines, who will follow whom first, Phil or Justin Bieber?
It'd be so hilarious if Phil Jackson makes Justin Bieber his first follow. twitter.com/TheNoLookPass/…— Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) March 27, 2013
Aside from questioning his page design and potential followers (or "followees"), others had suggestions in regard to what his first tweet should be.
Phil Jackson's first tweet should be a really loud whistle and his second tweet should be an infinite DMT trip.— netw3rk (@netw3rk) March 27, 2013
Not sure how you tweet a really loud whistle, but to each their own.
Phil Jackson's first tweet will be, "D'Antoni, what the ****? Go sit down!"— Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) March 27, 2013
Admittedly, that seems a bit harsh and inaccurate, since it wasn't like D'Antoni pried the job away from Jackson.
But let's not mince pleasantries any longer. Is Phil going to be active on this thing or not?
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today seems to think he will.
I've always considered Jackson to be a man of many rings, not many words, but Howard Beck of The New York Times appears to share Zillgitt's sentiments.
Let's hope it's "fun." Twitter accounts that aren't "fun" are like the most un-funnest of un-fun things ever. If he's not going to be "fun," what was the point of him joining?
Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times warms us up to the idea of Jackson using his account as a vessel for him to bestow his "Zen" upon the rest of us.
I'm totally fine with that. He could be the NBA's version of Dr. Phil, except, you know, with hair, and he would know what he's talking about.
No matter how he uses it, we're in store for something special. Kudos to whoever sold Jackson on embracing social media.
As Andrew Kamenetzky of SheridanHoops.com puts it, the Zen Master joining Twitter is awesome.
Keep your eyes peeled for Jackson's Twitter feed. He has yet to tweet, but it's coming soon.
At least, that's what the self-proclaimed American ambassador in Rodman claims, and who are we to doubt the suddenly intercontinental traveler?
Just heard from @philjackson11 that he's sending his 1st tweet any minute! Stay tuned!!— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) March 27, 2013
So buckle up and hide your desserts.
The Zen Master has officially arrived.