Sources: Jackson 'itching' for comeback

Phil Jackson is interested in returning to the NBA next season and working in some capacity -- possibly management -- sources told Marc Stein of ESPN.com and Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The Brooklyn Nets expected to gauge Jackson's interest for their head coaching job at the end of the season, NBA coaching sources said.

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As for the Nets, ESPN.com reported in December that Jackson was the undisputed top target for owner Mikhail Prokhorov after the dismissal of Avery Johnson. The prospect of interim coach P.J. Carlesimo retaining the job has not been ruled out depending on how Brooklyn fares in the playoffs, according to sources. But coaching insiders continue to say that Prokhorov's well-known desire to make a splashy hire will keep Jackson and ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy at the forefront of his thinking.

Jackson, 67, won 11 championships as head coach of the Bulls and Lakers. He also won a pair of rings as a player for the Knicks in the early 1970s.

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