Lakers pursuing Phil Jackson, Mike D’Antoni also interested
The Los Angeles Lakers are actively pursuing former coach Phil Jackson for their vacant head coaching position, reports Yahoo! Sports.
“When there’s a coach like Phil Jackson, one of the all-time greats, and he’s not coaching, you’d be negligent not to be aware that he’s out there,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “As I mentioned earlier, we’re putting together our list and attack plan. We have not reached out to anybody at this time.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that there is a “95 percent” chance that the team will hire Jackson as their next head coach.
Previous coach Mike Brown was fired Friday after the Lakers got off to a 1-4 start this season. Brown previously coached the Cleveland Cavaliers leading them to a 272-138 record, an NBA Finals appearance and two Eastern Conference Finals appearances before getting fired after the 2009-10 season.
Jackson won six NBA championships in two separate coaching stints (1999-2004, 2006-2011) with the Lakers and has 11 championships overall.
The Lakers also have made contact with former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s agent.
“If they offer it, I’d love it. It’d be a perfect fit,” D’Antoni told Fox Sports Southwest and DallasBasketball.com after Brown was fired.