The “Orlando Sentinel” reported on Friday that former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has had second thoughts about possibly becoming a member of the Orlando Magic’s front office starting next season. According to the paper, the former Los Angeles bench boss had expressed interest in a scenario presented to him by former Charlotte Bobcats coach Sam Vincent, who played for Jackson during his career as a guard in the NBA and another former player earlier this week. The pair had planned a trip to the Hall Of Fame coach’s home, to discuss the prospect in greater depth; however Jackson had a change of heart, putting an end to the plan.
The report stated that Vincent had spoken with Orlando CEO Alex Martins about the proposal; but he did not get to discuss the scenario with Team Owner Rich DeVos before Jackson changed his mind. According to the paper, Jackson would have possibly taken over as the club’s General Manager, replacing the recently departed Otis Smith, or possibly becoming the team’s President.
The proposal would also have made the other former Association player the squad’s next head coach, taking over for Stan Van Gundy who was fired last month. The paper did not reveal the name of the former player; however they described him as a former All-Star, working for another team in the Association. The paper also stated that the mystery-man had never coached; however he would have had a strong support staff, including Vincent, as well as former Lakers assistants Jim Cleamons and Frank Hamblen.
Most likely Orlando would have wanted to sit down and talk with Jackson had he not changed his mind; as his storied history of winning NBA Titles with the Lakers and the Chicago Bulls, may have convinced All-Star center Dwight Howard to sign a long-term extension with the team.