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Jackson tells Nets he’s not interested
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 7, 2013 @ 8:02 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
The Brooklyn Nets’ pursuit of Phil Jackson pursuit was short-lived, as the former Lakers and Bulls coach has informed the team that he has no interest in its coaching vacancy.
A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the development to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke under the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. The New York Post first reported Jackson is no longer a possibility for the Nets.
Jackson, the 11-time champion coach who has been out of the game since retiring following the Lakers’ 2010-11 season, reiterated yet again that he has no plans to return to coaching – for any team. He wants to play a managerial role of sorts, perhaps as a consultant or maybe a team president.
The Nets, who fired Avery Johnson in late December and decided not to re-sign interim P.J. Carlesimo after their first-round playoff loss to Chicago, are expected to turn their attention to the coaching candidates not named Jackson now.
According to two people with knowledge of the search, that list includes Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, longtime NBA coach and current Southern Methodist University coach Larry Brown, and former Milwaukee and Chicago coach Scott Skiles. If Boston coach Doc Rivers were to part ways with the Celtics, as some have speculated because of the uncertain future of small forward Paul Pierce, then the Nets would have serious interest in him as well.
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