Found April 30, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Phil Jackson
TEAMS: Toronto Raptors
Could the Zen Master be moving north of the border? According to a report by ESPN, former Bulls and Lakers head coach Phil Jackson is being targeted by the Toronto Raptors, who want to bring the 11-time NBA champion on board as team president. Former AEG chief Tim Lieweke, who now runs the Raptors, a major player in building Staples Center, is still close to Jackson from their time in LA. The ongoing Sacramento-Seattle debate plays into a potential move by Jackson. It was said that Seattle was a leading contender to land Jackson, should the city acquire the franchise from the California capital. Leading Seattle investor Chris Hansen was reported to have “hit it off” with Jackson. However, now that it appears the Kings are staying put, the Raptors are believed to be the frontrunner to have Jackson in their front office. There remains some skepticism around basketball that Jackson would be willing to relocate to Canada. In an interview last week with the San Francisco Chronicle, Jacks...

Raptors reportedly working to sign Phil Jackson as team president

Earlier this month, a report surfaced that indicated Phil Jackson is anxious to return to the NBA next season in some sort of capacity that may not be coaching. As you might expect, several teams have already expressed interest in bringing Jackson on board. However, it may surprise you to hear that the Toronto Raptors are believed to be a frontrunner. According to, the Raptors...

Phil Jackson is not coming to Toronto

Ah classic Raptors. The season is over, the damage has been done and now it is time to stir up rumours to get fans excited again. I mean, season tickets for next year are on sale soon I bet? This whole story about Phil Jackson coming to the Raptors to be the President or white light, is so overblown. It was only last summer that the same kind of crazy story took over most of Canada...

Report: Phil Jackson was Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2011

  According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March of 2011. Jackson, who was coaching the Lakers at the time, chose to disclose the information to the team in May during a film session as some sort of motivational tactic, because the team was on the verge of being swept out the playoffs...

Report: Phil Jackson reveals he had cancer

Phil Jackson reportedly revealed that during his final days as Lakers head coach he was battling prostate cancer.

Future Of Colangelo, Casey With Raptors In Doubt With Leiweke Hire

Tim Leiweke doesn't officially begin his tenure as president of the Toronto Raptors until June 30, but he will have influence over the MLSE board's decision on whether to pick up Bryan Colangelo's contract option for the 13-14 NBA season at a mid-May meeting. It had been assumed that the Raptors would give Colangelo and Dwane Casey one more season to produce better results...

Report: Phil Jackson Had Cancer During 2011 Playoff Run, Told Lakers to Try to Motivate Team

Win one for the Gipper this was not. Phil Jackson had extra reason for his team to play its heart out in 2011 when the Lakers were going for a third championship in a row. But even the Hall of Fame coach revealing that he had cancer and was putting off treatment until after the playoffs wasn’t enough to push his team to greater heights, Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register...

Phil Jackson had prostate cancer in 2011, reportedly used it to motivate team in playoffs

Back in 2011, Phil Jackson told his Lakers team that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer before a playoff sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks.

Report: Raptors Working To Hire Phil Jackson As Team President

Earlier this month we reported on rumors that Phil Jackson was interested in returning to the NBA in a front office capacity. According to the Toronto Raptors are set to make a hard push at Jackson to try and hire him as their team president. Sources told that the Raptors who are run by  former Los Angeles-based sports mogul Tim Leiweke, believe that the friendship...

Report: Raptors pursuing Jackson

The Toronto Raptors reportedly are aggressively pursuing former Los Angles Lakers and Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson for the role of team president.

Phil Jackson will listen to Toronto Raptors’ pitch to advise on basketball operations

Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson is exploring front office options, and he will be listening to the Toronto Raptors' pitch.

Source: Raptors Target Phil Jackson As Next Team President

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images This scenario is a strong possibly. Phil Jackson, who has been regarded as one of the best — if not the best — coaches in NBA’s history, may be taking a backseat from coaching the game of basketball for now, and may pursue a different direction becoming the Toronto Raptors next president, according to a source that told ESPN. Jackson has been...

Phil Jackson Ready To Listen To Raptors' Opportunity

Phil Jackson is prepared to listen to a pitch from the Toronto Raptors about taking a lead role in their basketball operations, but a source says that he wants to listen to options from other teams as well. Jackson would prefer an advisory role similar to Jerry West's current position with the Golden State Warriors rather than a more active role similar to Pat Riley with the...

Toronto Raptors to court Phil Jackson for president

Will the Zen Master head north of the border to be in a front office? It's hard to tell, but the Raptors think so Although he has not been a NBA coach since 2011 with the Lakers, 11-time NBA champion (11 as a coach, two as a player) Phil Jackson can never really seem to get his name out of the constantly-spinning coaching carousel. The 67-year-old was linked...

Kobe Bryant Says Lakers Current Core Group Can Win Championship

While most Lakers fans walk around screaming for Phil Jackson, star guard Kobe Bryant is screaming at Lakers brass to give this core group one more year together. Bryant truly feels in his heart that this teams core group can win a NBA Championship together according to ESPN L.A.  “There’s a lot on the table for them, with these new penalties and so forth,” Bryant said of...
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