Report: Phil Jackson ‘itching’ for return to NBA
With 11 NBA championships and 1,155 career wins, it seems that Phil Jackson wants to pad his résumé some more.
Jackson, 67, last coached the Lakers in the 2010-11 season when the team was swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Semifinals. Jackson told Sheridanhoops.com in January that he “has no intention of ever coaching again.”
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Sources stressed that there is no specific opportunity in play yet for Jackson, who resisted coaching overtures from the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season.
But NBA coaching sources say that stance will not dissuade teams with openings from approaching Jackson this offseason to gauge his interest, with the Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers — who interviewed Jackson in 2005 and are known to be contemplating a coaching change — potentially at the top of the list.
What has Jackson really intrigued, sources say, is the opportunity to oversee an organization in the patriarchal style of Pat Riley with the Miami Heat or in a role similar to that previously held by Larry Bird with the Indiana Pacers