I can't speak on his behalf, but what I do chuckle about is that people talk about the kind of money that would be needed to motivate Phil. And I can just tell you that there's no amount of money that would motivate Phil to do anything that he doesn't want to do. And if there is something that Phil wants to do, money isn't what he is interested in. If there is something that he wants to do, he's gonna do it.I find this quote very interesting for a couple reasons. First off, Donald Sterling is cheap. He rather pay for players than for coaches; you already know about how Mike Dunlevy Sr. had to take Sterling to federal court in order to get his pay. Second, the New York Knicks whom are reportedly seeking Phil Jackson as the new head coach already have one in the name of Mike Woodson. If Phil said he doesn't want to coach for the money (Knicks are trying to offer him $50 million for four years), would he be willing to coach the Clippers for lesser pay and a championship banner?
I'm not saying that Jackson would gladly take it. I don't even know if Sterling likes Phil or the other way around. But given what has happened to the Clippers this season, such as the case with Neil Olshey trading three players and a Minnesota 1st round draft pick for Chris Paul, is it even possible for the Clippers to get a coaching genius like the great Phil Jackson?