Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 11:10 am  |  15 responses

New Seattle Franchise May Target Phil Jackson and Larry Bird

With the sale of the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group well underway, the born-again Sonics are said to be interested in some some heavy-hitters to fill out their front office roster. Phil Jackson, Larry Bird and R.C. Buford will reportedly get serious consideration for some of the top jobs in Seattle. Per Yahoo! Sports and Peter Vecsey: “The new Seattle NBA ownership group has begun discussing possible candidates to run its franchise and has deliberated whether to target San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford and former Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird, sources said. The ownership group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer has finalized an agreement to purchase the Sacramento Kings and plans to move the team to Seattle for the 2013-14 season. The pending owners want to completely redo the franchise’s basketball infrastructure, sources said. The Seattle group believes it will need to completely rebuild the franchise, and that means hiring an executive with a strong history of drafting, player evaluation and organization building. Kings GM Geoff Petrie, who is in the final year of his contract, will not be retained, sources said. Petrie is expected to retire at season’s end, league sources said. [...] Source says almost living lock Phil Jackson will become front office face of Seattle-bound Kings’ franchise. Won’t coach. Will mentor choice.”

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  • JML-G

    too bad there wont be no superstars to Phil or Larry to get for them lol

  • Redd


  • Redd

    I heard about Phil, it’s reported that it’s very likely but not Bird. Interesting!

  • Mike Mihalow

    Can’t wait to see all those future lop-sided trades between Seattle and the Lakers. Pau’s gonna look good in that green.

  • Redd

    Am I the only one surprised MJ didn’t hire Phil?

  • shockexchange

    Why is everybody under the impression that Phil wants to ruin his legacy by coaching their team without “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L?”

  • LakeShow

    I was telling someone on here that they were going to completely re-do the front office.
    This won’t be the Sacramento King’s anymore.
    New franchise. New roles. New coaches. New managers. New New.

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

    read the article.

  • shockexchange

    After reading the article, the Shock Exchange has the following question, “Why is everybody under the impression that Phil wants to ruin his legacy by mentoring their team without ‘exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L?’”

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

    much better. I don’t think it would ruin his rep if he took a position in upper management, where he could evaluate talent and help a new coach with putting them together. In fact, If rumors be true, it’s something he’s wanted to do for the past couple years.

    I think the odds of this particular situation happening are far greater than him coaching again, but I still put them at low

  • Vince

    Liking the sounds of this SuperSonics team already, any word on if they’ll gut the roster as well?

  • Ugh

    Do you really think Phil returned MJ’s calls when the Cats job came up? C’mon, seriously.

  • Ugh

    So you’re saying Phil’s obituary would read “MEDIOCRE COACH OF SEATTLE SUPERKINGS, WIN RECORD OF 281-198, DEAD AT 78″ is a more likely headline than “PHIL JACKSON, COACH OF 11 NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS, DEAD AT 78″?

    That’s what you mean by ‘ruin his legacy’, right?


  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    who doesn’t want philly J?

  • shockexchange

    Maybe, maybe not. At a minimum, if he were to coach a Seattle team with subpar talent, he would ruin the myth of him being a great coach. He can’t “coach guys up” any more than you or the Shock Exchange. If he has “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the league,” he wins. If not, then he won’t win.