Friday, December 10, 2010


June 16, 2010 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - epa02205959 Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson during practice on the off day before game seven of the NBA Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA 16 June 2010. The series is tied 3-3 for the best of seven games.

It looks like tonight will be the last time the Zen master will flow through the wincy city of Chicago as a coach. The legendary Lakers and former Chicago Bull coach stated that today would be "definitely the last time" he coaches at the United Centre. Unless he's thinking of taking road trips off here's guessing this really is the last season for a coach who's team has found it's soul. At the moment Jackson isn't receiving the Jordan treatment, as he is not receiving parting gifts from each team like the other Chicago Bull legend did. Still who knows what will happen tonight and from now on now that it's looking more likely this will be the year Jax hangs up the dry erase board. The Los Angeles Times reports that the six time Bull ring winning coach told press, "I really don't spend a lot of time thinking about it, but yes, I anticipate this will be the last time I coach in this building." As Jackson prepares to silently walk away from the game whether he will leave or not is still a shaky subject. The mild mannered coach is playing everything down, "I'm not a very emotional guy," albeit with his trademark dry humor, "I always look up there, though, to make sure they haven't changed it and put it somewhere where they've hidden it." Whatever happens, either way this all-time coach will be sorely missed. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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