Phil Jackson Uninterested on Bulls Return

Phil Jackson would rather retire than take a second turn in coaching the Chicago Bulls. Jackson, who is set to end his current contract with the Los Angeles Lakers this season, said he has “no desire at all” to reunite with the Bulls, whom he guided to six NBA titles in the 1990s.

Jackson made the clarification after some reports surfaced that the Bulls, along with the New Jersey Nets, were indirectly exploring the idea of acquiring the ten-time champion coach. As for the Nets, Jackson said new team owner Russian Mikhail Prokhorov “seems like a very interesting young man.” Jackson added: “I’d like to have a, you know, vodka with him at some point.”

Jackson, who has guided the Lakers to four titles and is on track for a fifth, said he would probably stick with the team one more year or retire. However, Jackson said he would leave talks about his future open while the Lakers are still in the NBA playoffs. “As of now I have not made up my mind about coaching or not coaching next year.”