EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Phil Jackson visited the Los Angeles Lakers’ apply facility Wednesday.
It was once the primary time Jackson has been observed by way of the media on the facility during the last two seasons. The staff stated its former trainer simply stopped by way of.
Jackson nonetheless has a number of ties to the group. Lakers controlling proprietor and governor Jeanie Buss posted a photograph of her having dinner with Jackson, Kurt Rambis and his spouse, Linda, in New york Seaside in early November. Rambis rejoined the group in September as a senior basketball adviser to president of basketball operations Magic Johnson.
Jackson is a normal visitor on the Lakers workplaces and has “an open door” to prevent by way of any time he is in Los Angeles, resources stated. He nonetheless has shut relationships with a number of Lakers staffers, together with trainer Luke Walton and G-League trainer Coby Karl.
Walton, who has stored involved with Jackson and from time to time solicits recommendation from his mentor, stated he did not know his former trainer was once on the facility till media contributors pointed at Jackson, who was once seated in a balcony above the court docket.
“I’ve no longer talked to Phil nowadays, no, but when that is him, I’m going to head upstairs,” Walton stated. “… Even the only yr I semi-retired, Phil’s any person I love to stick in consistent verbal exchange with.”
It was once no longer identified whether or not Jackson had any interplay with LeBron James all over Wednesday’s discuss with.
Jackson as soon as used the phrase “posse” when speaking about James and his industry companions in a 2016 interview with ESPN. In reaction, James stated he and his companions had been angry and disenchanted as African-American citizens by way of the phrase to explain them.