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Friday, December 28th, 2012 at 10:35 am  |  21 responses

Brooklyn Nets Reportedly Going After Phil Jackson


Phil Jackson has let it be known that he’s not interested in coaching the Brooklyn Nets, who fired their coach Avery Johnson yesterday. Jackson’s reluctance isn’t deterring the Nets, according to published reports. The organization is said to be going hard after the Hall of Fame coach. Per the NY Daily News: “How much money would it take to pry Phil Jackson out of retirement? Mikhail Prokhorov might be willing to find out. The Nets have made Phil Jackson their top target to replace Avery Johnson and have already reached out to the coach with 11 rings, according to multiple reports. Nets GM Billy King danced around the subject of Jackson on Thursday, but the Nets’ roster is built for the triangle offense and no other available coach comes close to his resume and pedigree. ‘I think he’s the logical choice,’ Nets guard Jerry Stackhouse said. ‘He’s been in a lot of big-time situations. That’s who he is. If I’m an owner or a general manager and I’m going to make a coaching change, he’d definitely be the first guy I’d see if he had any interest.’ It’s unclear if Jackson would be interested in taking the job with the Nets, who have demonstrated major flaws through the first third of the season. Jackson recently flirted with the idea of returning to the Lakers before Mike D’Antoni was hired. Jackson’s agent told NBA.com that he wasn’t interested in the Nets ‘at this time.’”

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  • sosoulful

    bad move

  • http://twitter.com/RyanDeahn RyanDeahn

    There is no way the Zen master is going near this sinking ship

  • http://twitter.com/don_afrim Don_Afrim

    Phill isn’t gonna come out of retirement to coach these mid-level players. LA is a dif story. No matter who the coach will be, the Nets aren’t that good and won’t be a contender till they get either a vast improvement out of their players or a good superstar player which either or isn’t looking any likely anytime soon.

  • ChosenOne

    I keep hearing the Nets are interested in Ettore Messina. The first European coach in the NBA or something?? Is there any truth to this by any chance? I keep reading that this guy is a tactical genius….

  • Solito

    The Washington Generals have a better chance of recruiting Jackson…

  • JM

    Offer him $20 mil a year (chump change for a billionaire). That’s unprecedented for an NBA coach. You really think Phil turns it down? I say he doesn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Well… Damn, this owner don’t beat around the
    Bush.

  • pposse

    and here i thought that the lakers had a starting lineup built for the triangle..but lo and behold its the nets and derron williams who are built for it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    this team really does fit the triangle. like really really well. idk about mentally, but in terms of skills and physical strengths. Phil would be the right choice, the more i think about it, the more i am leaning towards Phil as the best candidate over SVG – and my reasoning has nothing to do with rings, so if you read this and feel like saying “ofcourse Phil is the right choice RINGZZZZZZZZZZZ” please realize, i don’t care about that in a season without a training camp. so say it as a joke, not as a serious argument.

  • yann blavec

    if they hire PJ i’ll stop being a knicks fan !

  • rainmaker

    Yes, Ettore Messina is a candidate for the job is what I’m hearing.

  • Redd

    See, called it. The Nets want to be the ‘cool’ team. Hope Phil rejects them but I have a feeling he won’t.

    I’m starting to like the Knicks more, Nets seem to be more about sticking out then being good.

  • pops

    What? You’ll become a bandwagon Nets fan?

  • Datkid

    why do you say that?

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    So, if phil says hell no. Would say Brian Shaw, or even Rambis be a better option that SVG?

  • RunNGun

    Billy King must be out of his mind… LOL This will never happen unless Brooklyn somehow magically pulls Kobe Bryant from the Lakers. As someone once put it, “when pigs learn to fly.”

  • Solito

    He is a great coach, but he also has a great deal with Barcelona, and I don’t think he sees the NBA of today as something he has to jump at immediately as a coach. His teams run highly complex, and very structured systems, and frankly the Nets players lack the Bball IQ to pick something like that up… no chance in hell doing so in mid-season. If Messina can start from scratch with a group (he can add and subtract from) in a training camp and pre-season, now that would be interesting.

  • Yesse

    Good luck to the Nets organization with that. I doubt Phil Jackson will take the job and anyways, i think the Nets are a bit too late so i don’t think anything amazing would be happening this season anyway.

  • jerico

    never say never if they offer pj enough perhaps a guaranteed deal in upper management like Riley has after hes done coaching and with the ability to choose his successor, brian shaw perhaps, then i could potentially see Pj giving the gig some serious thought

  • palo

    the idea if hiring Jackson surely doesn’t come from the Nets management (who know how he’s like) but from the crazy rich russian guy, who doesn’t know how it goes in the nba but thinks money can buy him everything (which may be true in the case of Phil lol)

  • carlito

    he doesnt coach barcelona

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