Will Phil Jackson Be the Next Pat Riley?

Jimmy SpencerNBA Lead WriterApril 25, 2013

So, Phil Jackson is bored.

Tweeting isn't enough, Phil?

When he retired in 2011, it seemed inevitable that Jackson would return to basketball. Now, he hopes to be sitting in the big chair in the front office instead of on the sideline.

No, he isn't saying he wants to coach again as recent rumors have speculated, even with three coaching vacancies and more likely to come.

And nope, he says he's not seeking a general manager spot either. He just wants to be involved in the decision-making.

Jackson told Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle:

"I've had some talks with people," Jackson said, "and there are some interesting situations that are presenting themselves, but I really haven't made up my mind yet what I'm going to do. None of it involves coaching...There are three or four teams that have been interested."

Jackson said he would be interested in a developing team "where you'd have the influence in (selecting the) coaching staff and the kind of culture that goes along with it. It goes all the way down to -- not down to, but includes -- trainers and the people who are doing the hands-on work with players, that have to be really embedded with how you put a team together...The support group is important; guys who get an opportunity to hear and talk and influence the players. "It would be a real opportunity to implant the game, a culture that I believe in -- that's the intriguing part."

Pat Riley has already planted the footsteps that says Jackson could go from championship-winning coach to title-claiming front-office lead.

Jackson could match Riley's success, then multiply it.

And it makes sense for Jackson, since the grind would be less compared to coaching, but the involvement is just as challenging for the zen mind.

As a longtime coach, is Jackson qualified to make front-office decisions?

Well, he's won 11 NBA titles. So yes.

And if the knock on him is that he always went to situations of talent, then how do you explain all the coaches who didn't win with their talent? And if he goes to a good situation and wins, that is what the team would want anyway.

Jackson is the most exquisite basketball mind of all contemporary basketball minds.

He has the power to turn a franchise around by name only. Top-tier talent would want to play for Jackson.

Now where to? Well, his old buddy Michael Jordan could use some help. But would Jackson be interested in joining that mess? He's made a career of putting himself in better positions than that.

The Brooklyn Nets have all of Mikhail Prokhorov's cash but could use someone with Jackson's knowledge. The Los Angeles Lakers are familiar, and his wife is part of that equation.

But both of those thoughts are already being debunked.

Currently, it's all just further speculation surrounding a man who's remained an enigma in decision-making.

It does seem clear, however, that Jackson will soon become affiliated with an NBA franchise.

And who knows, it could be his first step back onto the bench.

If he wins another title, he's going to have to change his @philjackson11 Twitter handle, though.