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Phil Jackson spurns Nets, still open to coaching
- Updated: May 9, 2013
Five-time Los Angeles Lakers champion Phil Jackson turned down an offer from the Brooklyn Nets to become their next head coach, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
The Zen Master is reportedly interested in getting back into coaching, but wants more control over the situation than the Nets would offer. An 11-time champion, Jackson would most likely want a stake in the basketball operations side, including personnel decision-making, of any organization he joins. The Detroit Pistons hired him to assist them in their search for a head coach as a consultant, though not in a formal or long-term capacity.
It’s clear he misses the game. Jackson joined Twitter and got involved with Kobe Bryant in an awkwardly-entertaining exchange on Twitter that could be construed as criticism of current Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni:
@kobe was coaching this one. He was on the beam
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) April 21, 2013
This was after a string of tweets from the Black Mamba that caused plenty of controversy when he was live-tweeting during the San Antonio Spurs’ Game 1 win against the Lakers in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. Bryant’s tweets became a story, and even the exchanges between the two drew attention. A look through Jackson’s timeline show that he’s still well-connected to the game as well as passionate about it. Brooklyn may not be a good fit, but in all likelihood, he’ll be coaching somewhere again before he retires for good.