"> "> ">
Phil Jackson knows. [Jackson] doesn't want to lie to himself, he's done coaching. "Sometimes I feel I can still get out there and do it but the reality is I'm kidding myself," Jackson said at a "Live Talks Los Angeles" event at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Wednesday. Jackson said he returned for one final year with the team in 2010-11 as a favor to the late Dr. Jerry Buss (and his support staff). "When I was done I knew I was done -- physically it was over," he said. ... "I have no intention of coaching," said Jackson, reiterating that he's open to the idea of helping to shape an organization in the front office. "[The Lakers are] going through crisis and if they ask me to come and sit and just listen to what's going on, I'm willing to do that," he said. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
In case this hasn't been made abundantly clear by the man himself, Rex Ryan doesn't care about what most people think. He knows he's made mistakes. And the Jets' coach has paid for them the past two seasons. But the defiant Ryan expects to have the last laugh. "I'm a [heck] of a lot better football coach than I'm given credit for," Ryan said in a sit-down interview with Newsday, minutes after the team concluded its final mandatory minicamp practice Thursdayafternoon. "I don't care," he added with a smile. "I don't need the credit. But I can tell you one thing, when it's said and done, they'll look back and say, 'Oh man, this dude can coach his butt off.' And you know what? It's true." (Newsday) Comment
Cliff Lee is no stranger to being traded, and there's a good deal of speculation that his name may come up again in 2013 deadline deals. "I definitely want to win -- there's no doubt about that," Lee said when asked if he wanted to remain in Philly. And what if the team is still going nowhere fast a month from now? "I want to win," Lee repeated. "I don't know how else to say it besides that. I want to win." ... [In 2013], he's surrounded in large part with fellow veterans who are either injured or are in serious decline. So the question begged to be asked: if Lee's main desire is to win, would he be content to play out the remainder of his contract on a team that's not winning with regularity? "I don't have any control over that," Lee said. "I know that I want to win." (Philadelphia Daily News) Comment
Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox in the on-deck circle in Baltimore. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
SI.com's Andrew Brandt discusses the Nets hiring of Jason Kidd as head coach.