Phil Jackson says he's done coaching

Kevork Djansezian

The Zen Master himself said he won't return to the sidelines again.

Phil Jackson said he's done coaching and does not intend to return to the sidelines again, reports Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com.

The Zen Master was in line for the Los Angeles Lakers' position as early as 2012-13 when L.A. fired Mike Brown after a 1-4 start to begin the season. Instead, general manager Mitch Kupchak selected Mike D'Antoni to coach the new-look Lakers.

When the Brooklyn Nets fired Avery Johnson in December, Jackson was again rumored to be a candidate for the position given the team's talented roster and position in the Eastern Conference.

He left Los Angeles amid a relatively volatile situation, as he had a well-documented difference in philosophy with the team's front office and president Jim Buss.

It was assumed Jackson would need a relatively ideal situation before returning to coaching, after he left the Lakers following an unsuccessful playoff run in 2010-11.

He appears to have moved to the next phase in his life as he proposed to longtime girlfriend and Lakers executive Jeanie Buss over the Christmas holiday.

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