Everybody just calm down.. Phil Jackson did in fact have cancer in 2011, but since then he has beat it, I think. An Orange County newspaper reported that Phil revealed in his new book that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in March 2011.
“Shocking,” Pau Gasol said Saturday, remembering Jackson’s disclosure to the team. “But then you also could understand certain moments of his demeanor, energy and involvement because of what he was going through health-wise. It explained certain things. It was a shock. A difficult moment for the team.”
Gasol said Jackson talked with team captains Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher privately before telling the whole team in a video session — but Jackson was left second-guessing the revelation in which he became teary-eyed as he spoke … the Lakers strangely fading in that series vs. Dallas.
Gasol allowed that it was different for the team to see Jackson — “such a big figure, the physical and spiritual leader of the team” — as vulnerable.
“As much as I love Phil and I appreciate everything about him,” Gasol said, “it was difficult to know.”
Phil Jackson is a fighter and if anyone could manage to command his cells to mutate and kill off that cancer it is Jackson.. Bank on it..