Phil Jackson is making his return to the NBA after a two year hiatus… but he’s not making his return to coaching, at least not yet.
According to NBA.com’s Keith Langlois, the Zen Master will be taking on an advisory role for the Pistons in their search for a new head coach to replace the recently fired Lawrence Frank.
Jackson’s role with the team was confirmed in a released statement by Pistons owner Tom Gores:
“Phil Jackson is a friend and one of the best minds in the business,” Gores said. “We are thrilled to have him as an adviser as we make some very important decisions for this franchise. Joe (Dumars) and I discussed this and he and I are in full agreement that this is a great opportunity.”
Obviously Jackson comes with tons of credibility as an 11-time NBA champion in 20 seasons spending time with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Furthermore his input would be well received for a Pistons team that not only has had their struggles on the court the past several seasons ...