If the Brooklyn Nets want Phil Jackson in their organization, it won't be in a coaching capacity. Jackson's reiterated many times that he's not interested in a return to coaching. But in an interview with the Hall of Fame coach on The Dan Patrick Show, Jackson says the Nets offered him the opportunity to coach, not an opportunity in the front office.

Jackson expressed that the Brooklyn situation was the most appealing coaching offer to him, calling it "a good situation," but turned it down. Jackson has said before that he's interested in a return to basketball in a front-office capacity, but the Nets only offered him the head coaching position.

The Nets coaching search has stalled while two candidates (Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins) complete playoff runs.


The Nets haven't reached out to Phil Jackson... yet. (AP)

One day after firing Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo, General Manager Billy King went on Ryan Ruocco and Stephen A. Smith's radio show on ESPN 98.7 FM to discuss the disappointing Game 7 loss to Chicago, the Nets vacant coaching position and off-season roster moves.
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Putting the pieces together from around the web today on the Brooklyn Nets coaching search:

  • Billy King: "It was a difficult decision, and we talked about it, but looking at the long-term and the future of this organization, I felt it was best to look elsewhere to try and find the right fit. I thanked him, he did a hell of a job for us in a difficult situation, but by doing it now, there's a lot of jobs open -- hopefully it gives P.J. a chance and gives us a chance with a lot of candidates out there to explore and that's what we'll do in the next couple weeks."

  • King added that Phil Jackson will get a call. The only person King would rule out? His former coach at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski, joking that he didn't want to anger his alumni base.

  • Jeff Van Gundy to Barbara Baker on the Nets opening: "My comment is I have no comment. Good to see you, though."

  • David Aldridge: Larry Brown, the Van Gundy brothers, and Phil Jackson -- but Phil doesn't want a coaching role.

  • Deron Williams would "love" to play for Jerry Sloan again.

  • More Deron Williams: he'd like a "creative offensive coach."

  • The Nets have not reached out to Brian Shaw, thanks to an unwritten NBA rule: you don't ask during the playoffs. Shaw is one of my favorite candidates for the job.

  • Shaw has no head coaching experience at the NBA level, which could be an issue for Williams and Reggie Evans, who both say the team needs an experienced head coach, but not for Billy King, who cited Eric Spoelstra and Tom Thibodeau as examples of first-time coaches who found success.


The Brooklyn Nets are in no rush to replace interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, and Carlesimo may even last the full season -- but they have their sights set high. According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, the organization will "woo" 11-time championship coach Phil Jackson "whenever he is ready to be wooed," whether that's tomorrow, in the summer, or beyond. There are no other serious candidates for the job, though Jeff Van Gundy was floated as a potential backup plan should Jackson pass.

Beck also contends that there has been no contact between the Nets and Jackson as of yet, and that Jackson has never taken over a team in the middle of the season.

Jackson, incidentally, got engaged tonight to long-time girlfriend Jeanie Buss, daughter of Jerry Buss, the majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Read More: Howard Beck, New York Times -- Carlesimo’s Team Should Stay So, at Least for Now


Brooklyn Nets owner, Russian billionaire, political player, and fake journalist Mikhail Prokhorov refused to fuel rumors and speculation regarding a coaching search directly, repeating the mantra that interim coach P.J. Carlesimo currently held the team's coaching reigns.

Prokhorov said some iteration of "P.J. is our coach" five times in the span of two minutes, throwing his full support behind Carlesimo. "We need to give support to our head coach. It's very important. I don't want to stoke any kind of rumors and speculation," Prokhorov said. "P.J. is the head coach, and I think we have a lot of trust in him. Really I want him to lead the team."

Of course, when the inevitable "guy that's won 11 championship" came up -- former Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson -- Prokhorov was coy. "P.J. is the head coach," he said. "If it becomes necessary, you know who the usual suspects are."

In a follow-up, when Prokhorov was asked if he'd meet with that specific "usual suspect," Prokhorov only said: "I will meet tomorrow with P.J."

It was not clear which P.J. Prokhorov was referring to. In the post-game press conference, Carlesimo confirmed that he was meeting Prokhorov tomorrow for lunch.


via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!:

While Jeff Van Gundy does have interest in the Brooklyn Nets' opening, he'll be likely unwilling to meet with team officials while an interim coach is in place during the season, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Brooklyn hasn't contacted Van Gundy, but sources said he's one of several candidates, including assistant Kelvin Sampson, that are on the organization's short list.

The Nets haven't reached out to Van Gundy, but he's well regarded on every level of the organization's ownership and management charts.

Read more: Jeff Van Gundy interested in Nets' coaching opening, under one condition