Report: Nets contact Phil Jackson, put together coaching wishlist

Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson. (AP)

Phil Jackson. (AP)
In the worst kept secret in the NBA, Chris Broussard reports that the Nets have contacted Phil Jackson, 11-time NBA champion as coach, about their open coaching vacancy.

Jackson, 67, is on the record that he is not interested in a return to coaching, though he would be interested in a front office or managerial position that helps steer the culture of a franchise.

After Jackson, Broussard adds that Larry Brown and Brian Shaw are both top candidates for the position.

Brown, 72 and currently coaching at Southern Methodist University, has coached 11 ABA and NBA teams since his coaching debut in 1972, winning Coach of the Year three times in the ABA and once in the NBA in 2000-2001, when he was coach of the Philadelphia 76ers under current Nets General Manager Billy King. Brown was most recently the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, getting fired midway through the 2010-11 season. Brown was born in Brooklyn.

Shaw has never been a head coach, retiring as a player after the 2002-03 season and working as an assistant under Jackson, then the Los Angeles Lakers coach. He continued to work for the Lakers until the 2010-11 season, when he moved to an assistant position with the Indiana Pacers. The Nets have not contacted Shaw currently, as the Pacers are still in the NBA Playoffs against the New York Knicks.

The report adds that the Nets would contact current Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, should the Celtics let Rivers out of his contract, and that Jerry Sloan is a “long-shot” candidate. Sloan has said he would “definitely listen” if called.

Former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy is also reportedly a candidate, though NetsDaily quotes an insider who calls that a “total fabrication.” Like Brown, Dunleavy was born in Brooklyn. Jeff Van Gundy and Stan Van Gundy are reportedly not on the list at this point.

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