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Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  13 responses

Report: Phil Jackson Still Wants to Join the Orlando Magic Front Office


According to SI, the Phil Jackson/Orlando Magic flirtation isn’t over just yet. Jackson and his people are still exploring the possibility of the Zen Master taking his talents to Florida: “Five days after the Orlando Sentinel reported that the former Lakers and Bulls coach with 11 championship rings had ‘bowed out’ of a plan to be the lead personnel man for the Magic, two sources close to the situation said that a revised version of the proposal that still included Jackson’s involvement was submitted to the team Tuesday morning. Former Charlotte coach Sam Vincent, who played for the Bulls during Jackson’s days as an assistant in Chicago and also played for the Magic, continues to captain the cause that would have Jackson work remotely (likely from Los Angeles, where his longtime girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, remains with the Lakers) most of the time. Vincent would operate in a front-office role in the plan, while the team would be coached by a protégé (or two) of Jackson’s. According to the sources, the latest version of the proposal has Pacers assistant and ex-Lakers assistant Brian Shaw coaching the team and Hall of Famer and Bulls ambassador Scottie Pippen as the lead assistant. And as if Jackson’s potential price tag wasn’t daunting enough (he earned $12 million in his last year with the Lakers), one of the sources said he is asking for a slice of minority ownership in the franchise as well. The hope, of course, would be for Jackson to use his cachet to convince Dwight Howard to remain in Orlando for the long-term. Jackson’s agent, Todd Musburger, did not return a call for comment. Yet fascinating as the idea might be, Magic CEO Alex Martins appears to be against the idea of having an absentee leader — no matter how many rings he has. In the plan, Jackson — according to one of the sources — would work in Orlando one week out of every month and agree to make six community appearances every month as well. Martins has been on the lookout for a general manager of a very different ilk since firing former general manager Otis Smith on May 21, preferring someone who, among other qualities, would be in the office daily.”

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  • Magic fan

    will that help keep dwight ? hmmmm

  • Harlem_World

    B Shaw, Pippen and Ewing on coaching staff??? Wow. Or that probably means Ewing is gone. Bring Pat back to NYC on staff!!! Enough already!

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    This front office strategy just sounds half-assed to me. There would end being conflicts as to who was the final say. I think the owner would just end up playing referee to a Martins & Jackson grudge match, ala Krause & Jackson. Especially if Jackson wasn’t around but once a month.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    Not to mention potential for a conflict of interest. Running the Magic from the same home that Jeannie is helping run the Lakers. Don’t feel like a story with a happy ending.

  • http://www.google.be/imgres?q=watch+out+we+got+a+badass&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&rlz=1C1AFAB_enBE454BE454&biw=1600&bih=799&tbm=isch&tbnid=qB4CTXEDbyW1dM:&imgrefurl=http://kn Max

    Caboose, there is hope for your team.

  • T-Money

    managing the team from l.a.? gtfoh.

  • bonk

    As a magic fan I hope this happens cuz the personnel at the front office don’t no how to run an organization

  • http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/60/Kevin_Garnett_2008-01-13.jpg/220px-Kevin_Garnett_2008-01-13.jpg omphalos

    I still want Phil Jackson and Brian Shaw to end up in Charlotte together, you know MJ has absolute faith in him and would support the triangle 100%, he’d even be able to help the team learn it as an “unofficial” coach.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Haha thanks Max. And listen, a satellite GM may not be a good idea, but it’s still the best option we have. I’m behind this, especially if if means Shaw gets to coach (which I called the day Stan was fired).

  • sixurrs

    why would Phil go to Charlotte? No one wants to go to Phoenix or Charlotte because they don’t spend money. If you don’t spend money you suck no matter how good your staff is.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I still think the best thing the Magic can do is hire me and caboose.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I have no problem with that nbk.

  • floe

    raptors please! colangelo makes me sad, not sure how he put together that team in phoenix.

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