April 29, 2010 by Post Team
Jeanie Buss:Lakers vice president Jeanie Buss hit like a load of bricks on Tuesday night as he rode to the Staples Center for Game 5 of the first playoff series against the Los Angeles round of the Oklahoma City Thunder to Phil Jackson, her boyfriend for a long time and Lakers coach head.
With the teams tied 2-2 in the best-of-7 series in the time and Jackson in the final year of his contract, this could have been the last time you went to a Lakers home game together.
She does not, however, believe that will be the last time he brings with him to a game that is going to be a coach.
“I know Phil will coach next year somewhere. Whether here or elsewhere I do not know,” said Buss. “It will be a lot of good work occurring this summer.”
Buss did not elaborate on which jobs might interest if Jackson does not extend his career with the Lakers. But he stressed that the options are not limited to Jackson to return to the Lakers or retire.
“I know that he can not retire,” he said. “I’m like,” Honey, what are you doing? Are you going to help their children go to change diapers and stuff? ‘”
Jackson has yet to give a concrete answer on what his future with the Lakers is maintained, except to say that how the team finishes this season will largely be the determining factor.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss, the father of Jeanie Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak have both publicly expressed the 64-year Hall of Fame coach to return.
The issue, however, is whether he would be paid $ 12 million per season if Jackson’s health holds, and if he wants to coach the Lakers if not repeat as champions this year.
“I think if they win, it’s like a no-brainer to come back because he will want to win three in a row,” said Jeanie Buss. “But [if you do not win], if there is that sense, I understand.
“Besides, my father has made it clear he does not want to pay you what you’ve been paying. So that’s a little difficult, too. You could say that kind of, in some jobs, well, I’m cutting back hours. But, you see their hours cut?
“It’s not really about money, it’s:” I do not I can give less effort. “”
In March, Jackson told reporters he was not leaning one way or another, but to win a title was virtually the only way to ensure that he returns.
“Yes. If we win it is almost imperative to give him another chance, but there are plenty of mutual funds in that country. Winning is a very big if, “said Jackson.” There are four playoffs you have to get through before we can say we won and we have a chance to do something special and unique again.
“I think the way they spend throughout the year has a lot to do with it. … Dr. Buss said he put some things on the line by re-signing Lamar [Odom] and that is financial. This team has never lost money since he took over the team and that’s a big part of it. I pushed him to sign Lamar and we all said we have to have this kind of new, even if it is going to put this team in financial danger . At a time that is hard in this league, took the step. “
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