The Lakers’ overtures to Phil Jackson got the 11-time NBA champion head coach thinking about getting back into the game. The Brooklyn Nets, playing in a shiny new building and harboring intentions of becoming an NBA centerpiece, need a new coach after firing Avery Johnson. Sounds like a match, right?
Well, not so fast, as Jackson’s representatives told TNT that “no interest in the Nets’ job at this time.” However, that doesn’t necessarily preclude the pairing from eventually happening.
The Nets have put Jackson at the top of their list in their search for a new coach, according to ESPN. Although much was made about specific accommodations Jackson asked the Lakers for before Los Angeles hired Mike D’Antoni, reportedly such requests would not be a problem for Brooklyn. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov has deep pockets and a proclivity to star power.
Bringing Jackson on board would also heighten the rivalry between Brooklyn and their inter-borough rival New York Knicks. Jackson spent his entire...