Good read on Phil’s thoughts about a possible return of Shaq…
DailyNews: It certainly wouldn’t be the first NBA All-Star game where a bit of craziness broke out. Whenever the NBA’s finest get together in early February, zaniness often is the order of the day.
But on Friday, it was the 63-year-old coach in the corner of the room shaking up the desert sands, as Lakers coach Phil Jackson implied that he wouldn’t be averse to seeing Shaquille O’Neal take a final dance in a Lakers uniform one day.
“We know that there’s always a chance you’ll have an opportunity to have a player like that,” Jackson said, a wry smile coming across his face. “I was thinking about Robert Parish coming and playing one season with the Chicago Bulls. Playing a limited role, but being an influence on a team when he’s 40 years old.
“So, we always say these old crocodiles, these alligators that patrol the lanes, have a long life span. So it would be great to see (O’Neal) back someday and, you know, coaching him.”
For months, O’Neal has been writing a rosy revision to his history with the Lakers, sending glowing compliments to Jackson and Kobe Bryant through the media, then chalking up their notorious public feuds to “marketing.”
When told of Jackson’s comments, O’Neal laughed heartily and said, “He’s right,” then sent another compliment Jackson’s way.
“He (Jackson) was great. He let us do what we did. His thing was, we’re winning and we won the championship, so he’s not going to mess with it. That’s what it was about.”