Phil Jackson’s Daughter: “I think he’s done now”

Longtime Lakers beat writer Kevin Ding of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER reports Tuesday that Phil Jackson’s 35-year-old daughter Chelsea recently made a prediction on her dad’s coaching status to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in a piece by Lee Jenkins:

Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant

His daughter Chelsea, who come NBA Finals time traditionally dons her No. 18 Lakers jersey not in honor of Sasha Vujacic but because Phil used to wear No. 18 as a player, had a strong prediction in Sports Illustrated: “I think this is it. I think he’s done now.”

Jackson has talked some with his players Tuesday about the future, and Luke Walton said he thought Jackson was leaning one way but wouldn’t speak for his coach. Walton did say he ended his exit interview with Jackson and Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday by saying he hopes Jackson does return to the Lakers.

If you’ve followed Phil Jackson’s coaching career the past decade in Los Angeles, you’ve seen these cat and mouse scenarios between Jackson and the Lakers play out many times. Read more…