The New York Times Magazine has a long profile of Phil Jackson's life now that he's no longer coaching. Apparently, he's restless.
Could Jackson provide a more balanced and effective offense? Could his injured body take 162 games in the dugout? I suppose Robin Ventura's recovery from ankle surgery is a hopeful sign, but Jackson needed an orthopedic chair in his last season with the Lakers. Precedent exists for using old Bulls staff. Jerry Krause worked for the Sox after the Wilder scandal.
Jeanie Buss, Jackson’s fiancée and the daughter of the Lakers’ recently deceased owner, Jerry Buss, thinks that Jackson is denying basketball something by staying away from it. He’s not so sure, but he has been meeting with N.B.A. owners about possible jobs. Nothing has grabbed him yet. He still texts and talks to players all the time. (In the middle of one of our conversations, the former Laker Luke Walton called to talk about his situation with his current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.) Jackson has been serving as a kind of intersports guru, giving informal advice to an Israeli soccer coach — “All soccer involves triangles,” Jackson says — as well as to a couple of baseball managers. He grew up playing baseball and still thinks he would make a good coach. He has told the owner of the Chicago White Sox — his former boss with the Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf — that he’s available. He seems to be only half joking.