When the Brooklyn Nets fired former head coach Avery Johnson on Thursday; it was reported that the Team’s Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, had one candidate at the top of his wish list to take over running his squad; former Lakers and Bulls head coach Phil Jackson. Those hopes appeared dead in the water a short time later, when his agent Todd Musburger, issued a statement that his client had no interest in the opportunity “at this time.”
Apparently enough time may have passed, as according to a report from “CBS Sports.com,” a source that the website labeled as “a person with knowledge of his thinking,” has stated that the coach who has won 11 Championship Titles, does have interest in exploring the chance that he would leave retirement to become the club’s next bench boss.
Prokhorov, has stated that he will be directly involved in the interviewing process and choosing the new head coach for his franchise. The Russian billionaire has made it abundantly clear, that money is not an issue in order for him to build a contender in Brooklyn; stating previously that he would pay whatever luxury tax the Association penalized him, to field a competitive roster.
Jackson has deep ties to New York City, as he played for the Nets neighbor from another borough the Knicks. It had appeared that Jackson would return to the Association earlier in the campaign; after the Lakers fired bench boss Mike Brown, early in the season. In a surprising move; the Lakers chose Mike D’Antoni over their former head coach.