Phil Jackson is contemplating a return the sidelines, and he would absolutely listen if he received a call from the Cavaliers, a source close to Jackson told FOX Sports Ohio.
Jackson won 11 championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, but retired following the 2010-11 season. Recent reports indicated he is looking to get back into coaching -- something the source confirmed.
Meanwhile, the Cavs have started their search for a new coach after firing Byron Scott on Thursday. Jacksons name is among those on their list.
Absolutely, yes, hed listen (if the Cavs called), the source said. Why wouldnt he? Coaching is his passion.
Jackson has only been a head coach in two of the NBAs largest markets, which immediately creates skepticism he would take a job in Cleveland. The source said such talk is overplayed.
He grew up in North Dakota and coached a minor-league team in Albany (N.Y.), the source said. Trust me, Phil has nothing against mid-sized American cities.