He is happy not to have to endure arthritic pain all the time but still won’t commit to possibly coaching again even though he is now in better shape than he has been in the past seven years. When there is a coaching job available, Jackson is the first name they consider for the job. Most recently was the New York Knicks where he started his career in 1967. He says he doesn’t want the job because they don’t play like a team. Amar'e Stoudemire doesn’t fit well with Carmelo Anthony they are both great players but they don’t work together like Jordan did with Scotty Pippin. They are good players but someone has to be a good passer and the ball can’t stop every time the high ego players get the ball in their hands.
Whatever he does, the goal will be the same as he has always done, to form a team that plays hard, that plays for each other. For Jackson he needs a team that appreciates the art of Buddhist Meditation. He believes that the meditation calms his players down to be able to concentrate amid the chaos of the fast paced game. No one approaches Professional sports quite the way he does. Jackson formulated his coaching philosophy using theories of group dynamics , the wisdom of his old coach Red Holtzman from the Knicks and Buddhism. In basketball when your opponent hits you in the stomach with an elbow and all you want to do is get revenge, you know that is not the way to go about it. You should just go into the next play and let the referees deal with the fouls.