Shaq Thinks Jackson May Coach Again
Shaquille O’Neal might be the right guy to broker a deal. Not between NBA owners and players but perhaps between James Dolan and Phil Jackson.
O’Neal, promoting the release of his new book “Shaq Uncut,” praised his former coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and even called Dolan “a fabulous businessman.” Jackson, of course, retired after last season, but it is already being speculated that the Hall of Fame coach will resurface with the Knicks next season. Current Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni is in the final year of his contract with the club.
“He may come back,” O’Neal said of Jackson, a member of the Knicks’ ’70 and ’73 teams. “Phil says he’s never coming back but he changed my NBA career. His focus and the way he did things and the way he taught us how to do things, he did it on a cool, calm respectable level. Then I went to Miami and we had problems with all the (yelling). I’m like, ‘We just won three out of four with this guy (Jackson) so why would I do it this way?’ That’s why we had problems.”