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Representatives for Phil Jackson submitted a new proposal to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday for the 11-time NBA championship-winning coach to run the team.
It was reported last week that Jackson had decided against pursuing a role with the coachless team's front office.
But according to a Sports Illustrated report early Wednesday, which cited sources, the discussions are still alive with the former Lakers and Bulls coach.
The latest version of the proposal reportedly has Pacers assistant and ex-Lakers assistant Brian Shaw as the coach of the team, with former Bulls star Scottie Pippen the lead assistant.
Former Bulls player Sam Vincent, who is leading the push, would occupy a front-office role, while Jackson would work remotely -- likely from Los Angeles -- for all but one week of each month.
One source said Jackson was also seeking a minority ownership stake in the Magic.
Magic CEO Alex Martins, however, does not appear to be in favor of the idea of an absentee leader, the report said.
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Phil Jackson's agents and an Orlando Magic source Wednesday both denied the former Lakers and Bulls coach had made contact about a potential front-office role with the organization, NBA.com reported.
Sports Illustrated had reported that a proposal was submitted by former Bulls player Sam Vincent on Tuesday.
But, according to the agents, he had no authorization to speak on the...
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Contrary to earlier reports, the retired coach reportedly remains interested in a front office position with the Orlando Magic.
When Orlando Magic and eventual Brooklyn Nets center Dwight Howard agreed to sign his one-year extension to “let the Magic try to keep him”, a lot of people were pissed off at Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade when he made fun of Howard on Twitter for his overzealous use of the word “loyalty”. But bless their silly hearts, Magic fans – *points to self, frowns* – believed...
Let’s face it, the Orlando Magic need a big splashy hires to replace Jeff Van Gundy and Otis Smith if they hope to have any chance of keeping Dwight Howard. And there would be no bigger splashy hire than bringing in Phil Jackson to run the team.
There was said to be interest on both sides, but the ship seemed to have sailed last week when the Orlando Sentinel reported that Phil...
Let’s do a quick recap, shall we?
In the past couple of months, here’s how loyal Dwight Howard has been:
- He demanded that Stan Van Gundy be fired
- He waived his opt-out clause only because he didn’t want to be traded to the Lakers
- He sat out the playoffs because he no longer wanted to play for Stan Van Gundy
- He has plans to ask for a trade in the offseason
- He singlehandedly...
The Magic are quickly hurtling toward a flashpoint in their franchise's history as the Dwight Howard saga will get a final resolution this offseason. That is what team President Alex Martins has alluded to since the Magic's elimination from the postseason, vowing the team would not go through the ordeal and turmoil it went through in 2012.
He fired Stan Van Gundy and Otis...
The Magic are still hunting for a GM, look for a brief update on that later today over at Crossover Chronicles, and there appears to be no leader.
One rumor just will not die though. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Sam Vincent is preparing to present another plan to Magic brass that would put Phil Jackson in some role with the franchise:
According to the sources...
Though the rumors of Phil Jackson returning to New York to coach have ceased with Mike Woodson formally signing a contract extension, that hasn't stopped Jackson's name from being attached to the other notable open positions in the NBA.The Orlando Magic were clearly frustrated by the fallout between Dwight Howard and former coach Stan Van Gundy, as well as the team's...
The Orlando Magic are in search of a new head coach since firing Stan Van Gundy. They also look to find that coach who can work with Dwight Howard so he doesn't leave the team.Orlando has been linked to Phil Jackson, according to many rumors. Jackson retired from coaching after the Los Angeles Lakers were knocked out of the NBA Playoffs last year in a sweep to the Dallas Mavericks...
The Magic are still looking. Or, perhaps, the better phrase is the Magic are still making a decision, for a new GM. Brian Serra of Magic Basketball Online reported Tuesday that the Magic were likely to name a GM by the end of the week.
The Orlando Magic are in search for a new head coach after firing Stan Van Gundy. Hopefully, they can find a head coach that can cope with disgruntled center, Dwight Howard.According to the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando's man could be current Indiana Pacers' assistant, Brian Shaw.Shaw, by all accounts, is already the leading candidate for the Magic coaching job.Shaw did well...
Silence can be an organization's biggest weapon, and one of its biggest risks.
Magic fans are growing frustrated with this longer-than-expected process to hire a new GM and you knew it would not take long for something crazy to jump into the fold without much backing. All the while, Orlando has remained silent, unable and unwilling to comment on a search that is ongoing.
Both the agents for Phil Jackson and an Orlando Magic source denied Wednesday any contact between the parties about a role in the front office.
Magic fans have not heard from Dwight Howard in a while. He has been rehabbing in Los Angeles after back surgery in April and by all accounts -- usually a stray comment from Alex Martins or a sidewalk interview with TMZ -- Howard's recovery is going fine.
There are even some rumors that Howard is going to be making his way back to Orlando soon. Who really knows, though?