Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jeanie and Jim Buss pose with Dwight Howard after the Lakers traded for the big man.
Phil Jackson played in New York, became a six-time championship coach in Chicago and found immortality in Los Angeles. Why would he want to make a fourth stop?
Moreover, the relationship between Jackson and the Los Angeles Lakers franchise, especially since it became led by Jim Buss, is strained.
Jackson's fiancé, Jim's sister Jeannie Buss, reportedly went months without speaking to her brother, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, after Jim fired Lakers coach Mike Brown at the start of the season and hired Mike D'Antoni—not Jackson—for the gig.
Well, what better way to stick it to the punk, future-brother-in-law than to go run the Los Angeles Clippers? The Lakers still have Kobe Bryant and, for now, Dwight Howard, but the Clippers have Blake Griffin and, for now, Chris Paul.
The situation is already set up for some success, and if Jackson stepped in, he could, for example, fire Vinny Del Negro and bring in a hand-picked successor like Brian Shaw.
Then again, there are limits to what can be done.
Jackson wouldn't be able to put an immediate imprint on the team, as re-signing Paul would be job one. Would the arrival of Jackson and, say, Shaw, with the implications of the triangle offense be a selling point to Paul?
That, more than trying to get Jackson, is the biggest question in Clipperville.
But even if Los Angeles did want Jackson, would he actually work for Clippers owner Donald Sterling?
The man has one of the worst reputations in the NBA, and having been around Los Angeles for as long as Jackson has, I'm sure he knows some inside information on Sterling.
As much as the soap opera drama would make it fun to have Jackson as a rival to the Lakers and Jim Buss, this one seems unlikely at best.