If you're not following Phil Jackson on Twitter and are interested in getting a firsthand look at how an NBA coach's mind works, head on over to the social media site (@PhilJackson11, a clever play on his career-record 11 NBA titles) and click the "Follow" button.
With rumors swirling about the Zen Master preparing for a potential return to the Association, you won't have to look any further than his Twitter timeline to discredit rumors that Phil doesn't have a zest for an NBA job anymore.
In fact, it seems to be anything but.
Jackson, the 11-time NBA championship coach who won all of his rings alongside Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles and Michael Jordan in Chicago, was first mentioned to have interest in returning to the league in late April, when ESPN reported that he was "itching" to get back on the sidelines or grab an executive role.
His Twitter handle would confirm those rumors.
Watching the San Antonio Spurs take on the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, Jackson proved that he's just as tech savvy as he is transcendent, doing a live tweet-along (not really) with some of the events of San Antonio's 102-92 win.
Here's a few select ones from one of the greatest coaches in NBA history (@PhilJackson11):
Spurs TP is on fire. Great response to criticism. GSt needs to 2 time him on S/rolls this half. Make somebody else beat them.— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) May 11, 2013
NBA rules committee shud make a rule change. Naismith set up the game to eliminate fouling, therefore a team shud not profit from fouls.— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) May 11, 2013
At the inception of bball the player who fouled also had to go out just like hockey. The evolution of the game brought in the foul shot.— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) May 11, 2013
If fouling is against the premise of the game there is a way to eliminate it. Use of designated shooter from 5 players on court like a tech— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) May 11, 2013
A brief look inside the mind of Jackson reveals two things: One, the Zen Master is indeed ready to bring his wealth of knowledge about how to win NBA games back to the league, and two, that we should pay no attention to him turning down the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the week (h/t USA Today).
A more accurate gauge of why this is the right time for Jackson to return to the league might be found in the anecdotal evidence about his retirement from the game, his absence from the sidelines for the last two seasons, and yes, the fact that Jackson is feeding us with some of his inner thoughts during the 2013 NBA playoffs.
For starters, the news about prostate cancer had to throw Jackson for a loop. He found out prior to the 2011 postseason and revealed the news to team captains Bryant and Derek Fisher as the Lakers were battling it out with the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (h/t Yahoo! Sports).
He took the next season off, and appeared poised to return to the Lakers after Mike Brown was fired to start this season, but the "handshake deal" fell apart and the Lakers ended up giving the job to Mike D'Antoni.
Now, news that he is dying to return has shocked the NBA coaching circuit yet again. Five teams currently have head coaching vacancies, and that number could increase if the Los Angeles Clippers decide to part ways with Vinny Del Negro in the coming weeks.
Some feel that Jackson is waiting on the Seattle/Sacramento situation (h/t Marc Stein of ESPN) to work itself out before fully committing to a team either in a head coaching role or as a front office executive. Jackson is said to have "hit it off" with the Seattle investment group and might take on the role of team president if a deal to Seattle ever became official.
Which role is Phil Jackson best suited for?
With 1,155 career wins, a .704 winning percentage and two of the biggest separate dynasties in NBA history, Jackson has a love for the game that just couldn't convince those in positions of power to admit he was done with the NBA for good. Whenever a coaching vacancy is open, Jackson's name is always high on the list.
All signs point to Jackson making his return to basketball very, very soon. Two years off appears to be long enough for the Zen Master to get some R&R with fiance Jeanie Buss, and rumors of his involvement with NBA officials all over the map point to signs that Jackson is nearing a decision.
His Twitter account points to it even more.
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