Reports: Phil Jackson Has No Interest In Brooklyn Nets Head Coaching Vacancy

May 8, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson prior to game four against the Dallas Mavericks for the second round of the 2011 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Immediately following the news that the Brooklyn Nets had fired head coach Avery Johnson, the obvious candidate for the job opening was legendary basketball coach Phil Jackson. ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chris Broussard were among the reports saying the Nets would have significant interest in Phil Jackson, but the interest does not appear to be mutual.

Jackson’s agent Todd Musburger spoke’s David Aldridge and immediately wanted to make it clear that his client did not have interest in the job opening.

“Phil has no interest in the Nets job at this time,” Musburger told Aldridge via text.

It has been clear in the past that Jackson has grown tired of the every day duties of being a NBA head coach and that he had more interest in a management position in the league.

You will continue to hear that the Nets are targeting Jackson during their head coaching search, but don’t expect the two sides to come together.

If Jackson wasn’t going to jump at the Lakers head coaching vacancy, you have to believe his agent that there is zero interest in the Nets gig.


Topics: Brooklyn Nets, Phil Jackson

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