Posted July 14, 2012

Report: In addition to Jerry Sloan, Trail Blazers went after Phil Jackson

NBA

Jerry Sloan interviewed with Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey for the team’s head coaching job on Wednesday but took himself out of the running on Thursday.

Now Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports that the Blazers had back-and-forth conversations with Phil Jackson for the last few months trying to convince him to take the head coaching job. But last week Jackson’s agent called the team and said that Jackson had decided not to coach this season.

Olshey confirmed that the organization chased Jackson but would not elaborate beyond saying, “He decided it wasn’t time.”