May 8, 2013Phil Jackson Not Interested In Coaching Nets
NY Daily News
As expected, reported and reiterated for hopefully the last time, Phil Jackson has no desire to keep coaching. He informed the Nets of that Tuesday and forced them to scratch No. 1 off their search list.
They had held out hope that Jackson could be enticed by a roster fit for a triangle offense, or a lot of Mikhail Prokhorov’s money. But, in the end, the coach with 11 championship rings reiterated what he has been saying for months: he won’t coach again, but he’ll consider a front-office position to run the basketball operations of a franchise.
Jackson was the first candidate the Nets officially contacted, and it was done quickly — on Monday, just one day after interim coach P.J. Carlesimo was fired — to rule out the top coaching free agent on the market. So now a thorough search can begin in earnest. It is expected to include Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Boston coach Doc Rivers, among others, and there is no need to rush. Shaw, for instance, won’t get permission to interview until after Indiana’s season is over.
Jackson, of course, could still be hired by the Nets in a front-office position, but GM Billy King was recently inked to a multi-year extension and is surrounded by his own familiar people.