Although some have expressed doubts whether Phil Jackson will indeed retire from coaching after this season, the Lakers coach (and former Bulls coach) sounded fairly certain when asked if tonight's Bulls-Lakers game will be his last in the United Center.
"It's definitely the last time I'll coach a game in this building," he said following the Lakers' shootaround at the UC. "I really don't spend a lot of time thinking about it, but I anticipate this will be the last time I coach in this building."
Jackson was asked if the memories start flowing every time he walks in the building.
"I look at how the maintenance guys keep the building and how well the floors are cleaned and everything else," he said. "It's always been one of the things about this building, it's well maintained. I say hi to the guys that seem to all be here.
"I was thinking today as I walked in, Madison Square Garden and this place are the two places that every time I walk in know most of the people in the building. They're a lot older than I thought they were gonna be."
One of the first things Jackson does after entering the main bowl of the building is check the banner honoring him in the rafters, which used to be in the West end with the Bulls' retired numbers but now is off to the side.
"I always look up there to make sure they have changed it or put it somewhere where they've hidden it," he said.
Naturally, someone asked if it will emotional walking off the court following the game since it likely will be the last time in this building.
"I doubt it," Jackson said. "I'm not a very emotional guy."