The word and the sale is now final – the Seattle Supersonics will have to wait to return as the Maloofs finalized the sale of the Sacramento Kings to local investors and the team will remain where it is now and will not be moving to Seattle. This obviously has Sonics fans heartbroken yet again, and the legendary Phil Jackson rubbed it in while on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show where he said had the Sonics returned, he was engaged in “serious” talks to join the front office.
“I had communication with the guy that’s trying to make this move,” Jackson said on the show, referencing Chris Hansen, the leader of the Seattle bid. “It was serious talk. I thought he was a really good guy for the league.”
Jackson, who is making the rounds now thanks to his book that is coming out, has been making it known that he’s interested in a front office job in the NBA. After being passed over for the Lakers job this season and showing no interest in returning to head coaching anywhere else, Jackson is looking to take his talents to the front office and Seattle would have been the most likely landing spot.
The legendary coach said that while there was interest in the Kings when they were moving to Seattle, now that they’re staying place it’s kind of a deal breaker for him.
“I won’t be doing the [front-office] job in Sacramento. I like Sacramento,” Jackson said. “Well, not that much.”
The next question we are all wondering is where will Jackson go now? There have been rumors about Jackson joining the Toronto Raptors front office, but those talks have apparently stalled.
No matter where he lands, it’s looking like an NBA comeback is inevitable for Jackson, and he’s apparently going to take a run at Pat Reilly and dethrone him as the head coach turned general manager in the game today.