After a seven-game series loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Brooklyn Nets fired interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. Brooklyn has recently reached out to 11-time NBA Champion Phil Jackson about replacing Carlesimo.
Jackson is currently beginning a consulting job with the Detroit Pistons to help owner Tom Gores and president Joe Dumars find their next head coach after firing Lawrence Frank.
Reports have been published recently that Jackson was itching to return to the NBA, but in an executive role. Jackson’s agent, Todd Musburger, said Jackson was almost certain to not coach again last summer. When the Nets fired Avery Johnson in December, Musburger said that Jackson had no interest in the job.
Phil Jackson is at the top of Brooklyn’s list, and the team will wait to hear back from
May 8, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson leaves the court at the end of game four against the Dallas Mavericks for the second round of the 2011 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Center. The Mavs beat the Lakers 122-86. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Jackson before interviewing any other candidates. There is no indication on how long Jackson will take before making a decision. When the Lakers fired Mike Brown five games into the season, 67-year-old coach thought he had more time to decide whether or not to make a return before the team went ahead and hired Mike D’Antoni instead.
If Jackson insists on returning in an executive role and not coaching again, the Nets will likely move on to candidates such as Brian Shaw and Larry Brown. Jerry Sloan, endorsed by star point guard Deron Williams, remains a long shot.
Shaw is currently the lead assistant with the Indiana Pacers under Frank Vogel and coached under Phil Jackson with the Lakers. Jackson has made it known from his time coaching Shaw as a player and having him on his staff that Shaw has a bright future in coaching. Shaw has been linked to almost every job opening since Phil Jackson retired, and this summer will be more of the same.
Larry Brown has just finished his first year as the head coach at SMU, and is known to have a great relationship with general manager Billy King. The two worked together in Philadelphia, making a run to the NBA Finals in 2001.