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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 11:10 am  |  14 responses

Toronto Raptors Want to Hire Phil Jackson as Team President


Phil Jackson has let it be known that he’s actively talking to NBA teams about taking on a prominent front-office role. The Toronto Raptors, according to ESPN, are the most aggressive suitors for the Zen Master‘s services: “Sources said that the Raptors — now being run by former Los Angeles-based sports mogul Tim Leiweke — regarded the Seattle group that was trying to buy the Kings as the biggest threat to preventing Jackson from seriously considering their pitch. But now that the Kings appear poised to stay in Sacramento instead of being sold to the consortium led by Jackson fan Chris Hansen, sources say that the Raptors will be pursuing Jackson aggressively this week, believing that they rank as Jackson’s most attractive current option for a new career in management now that he can reunite with Leiweke. One source close to the situation said that Hansen and Jackson have ‘hit it off,’ sparking league-wide speculation that Jackson would be offered the chance to run the new Sonics in Seattle in the Pat Riley-style role he craves. But with a 12-owner committee recommending Monday that the Kings’ move to Seattle be blocked, Toronto’s seemingly long-shot odds of winning the Jackson sweepstakes would figure to have received a boost. That’s largely because of Jackson’s longstanding friendship with Leiweke, who was introduced Friday as the new CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which oversees the NBA’s Raptors, NHL’s Maple Leafs and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer. One source said that Leiweke’s ‘vision and energy’ and history of shared success at Staples Center with the 11-time championship coach ensures that Jackson will give the pitch strong consideration despite skepticism around the league about his willingness to relocate to Canada.”

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  • shockexchange

    When the Shock Exchange was a kid he wanted to date Pam Grier. luckily he was old enough for his “wants” not to hurt.

  • BRAVO

    Lol that’s random but i’ll take Phil Jackson any day!

  • RayJr

    I don’t think Phil goes to the Raptors even if they offer him half of Canada. He’s going to end up in LA in some way, shape or form.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he could do some damage with half of canada, it’s like montana on steroids

  • pposse

    the job in Toronto is intriguing. I’m all for seeing Phil Jackson out there and making a championship contender up north.

  • Redd

    Bet he takes this

  • RKJ92

    :’) So so so happy to come home to this.. :’)

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    DO IT.

  • theTruth

    @disqus_djDUc1vQPc:disqus He’s not going back to that mess in Laker-land. He knows their screwed. Sucks for Laker fans.

  • Dagger

    Great news. And even if this falls through, here’s hoping that the news means Leiweke won’t bring back BC. North America’s fourth-largest city CAN be a draw to free agents IF the Raptors acquire some great executives to create a winning culture.

    Here’s a fairly good article about the situation: http://www.hoopsworld.com/phil-jackson-realistic-option-in-toronto

  • THE STD EXCHANGE

    You think too highly off yourself “the” shockexchange…f*ck u

  • http://twitter.com/trueballer4lif1 Melvin flynt

    Money talks bs walks! Phil got millions! If the raptors make a proper pitch to him anything is posible

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange has a saying for moments like these: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Nice name guy.

  • Lloyd

    Having been disappointed as a Raps fan time and time again, I’ll believe it when I see it. Turns out not getting Nash this season worked out pretty good though. Regardless, the last sentence in the article is why Toronto will never be able to lure even the most mediocre star to our team without throwing obscene (and irrational) amounts of money at them. Shout outs to Hedo!

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