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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...
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If a coach gets fired in the NBA, you can expect to hear Phil Jackson’s name connection with the upgrading process. Who wouldn’t want the zen master as their leader? Besides the Lakers.
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Even though his agent insists that he has "no interest in the Nets’ job at this time,” the Nets reportedly will make a strong push at convincing Phil Jackson to coach the team.
The word on the street — at least according to reports — is that the Nets want Phil Jackson to become their next head coach, now that Brooklyn has canned Avery Johnson. Perhaps it’s not a very far-fetched idea, either.
While Jackson’s agent said shortly after Johnson’s firing that his client wasn’t interested in the gig, a new report has surfaced stating otherwise.
The Nets were thinking big when they moved to Brooklyn and acquired a host of high-priced stars to rival the Knicks for New York supremacy.
Now, after firing coach Avery Johnson when the team sank into a slump, the Nets may be shooting for the stars again.
Phil Jackson is the top target of the Nets' coaching search, according to a report by ESPN's Marc Stein and Chris Broussard...
Undaunted by Phil Jackson’s reported reluctance to coach their team, Brooklyn Nets officials have established Jackson as their top target in the wake of Avery Johnson’s dismissal, according to NBA coaching sources.
Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that the Nets have Jackson atop their list of potential replacements for Johnson and will make a hard push for the 67-year-old, who...
Well according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets don't consider the triangle a fit for their roster.
Will Nets ownership make a run at Phil Jackson? Something to remember: Management's never believed the triangle offense fit this personnel.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 27, 2012
But that hasn't stopped the rumors from flying around just about an hour...
The former leader of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls, the ZenMaster who won multiple titles with both is now the main target to be Avery Johnson’s replacement with the Brooklyn Nets.
And Jackson is not interested right now. Other big names: Jeff Van Gundy, Mike Dunleavy and Jerry Sloan are longshots at best. Maybe P.J. Carlesimo will be more than interim.
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P.J. Carlesimo hadn't even coached his first game with the Brooklyn Nets and already names such as Phil Jackson were floating around.
Carlesimo was appointed interim coach Thursday when the Nets fired Avery Johnson, and general manager Billy King said he hoped Carlesimo would have the job for a while.
But the Nets also put out a statement saying a search for a new head coach...