Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sources: Nets want Phil Jackson
By Mike Mazzeo
The Nets have made Phil Jackson their top coaching target, ESPN's Marc Stein and Chris Broussard reported Thursday, citing NBA coaching sources.
Wouldn't it be something?
Phil Jackson. Coaching the Nets. The same franchise he played for during the final two seasons of his career.
Jackson, 67, has won 11 NBA championships as a head coach, and it would be incredible if the Nets could convince him to come out of retirement and lead their franchise.
Given that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has deep pockets, money certainly wouldn't be an issue.
But would Jackson really want to come to a team that is just 14-14, and doesn't look anything like a team that could give him title No. 12?
Jackson's triangle offense seems like a good fit with the personnel on the Nets' roster -- Deron Williams has said he's a system player, and Jackson's system is renown around the league -- and he'd command immediate respect in the locker room, given his track record of success.
Ever since the summer of 2010, the Nets have drummed up story lines by pursuing the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard.
They missed out on all three of those players, but why not take a shot at arguably the best coach all time?
The Nets went 60-116 under Avery Johnson and haven't made the playoffs in five seasons.
Prokhorov has grand expectations -- including a five-year championship plan that has been reduced to three. Based on the way they've been playing, it doesn't appear that the Nets are going to reach that goal anytime soon.
But if there's anyone who can help them get there, it's Jackson. And that's why it makes a whole lot of sense to pursue him.
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