The Los Angeles Lakers can’t get enough of Phil Jackson.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Jackson will advise the Lakers through their coaching search. The NBA Insider said on ESPN that the Bulls legend is “significantly involved” in the organization’s ongoing process, and he will have a “voice in this.”
Jackson also reportedly played a role in the previous hiring of Frank Vogel, per Wojnarowski, and the expectation is for this latest hiring process to take some time.
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Of course, a relationship between Jackson and the Lakers is nothing new. After he coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships, he headed out to Los Angeles to earn another three-peat alongside Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. He then left the organization after the 2003-04 season, but his departure from coaching was short-lived, as he returned for the 2005-06 season. Jackson went on to lead Bryant and Co. to two more championships over his next seven seasons with the franchise.
To be honest, it’s a little shocking to see how the Lakers can’t seem to shake their reliance on the legendary coach after all these years. But there is also no question he and owner Jeanie Buss share a very close relationship, and I guess his 13 championship rings are hard for that franchise to ignore.