Jackson not interested in coaching Nets, agent says
By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
Posted Dec 27, 2012 5:01 PM
The longtime agent for Phil Jackson, Todd Musburger, told NBA.com's David Aldridge Thursday that Jackson is not interested in coaching the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets fired Avery Johnson Thursday morning.
"Phil has no interest in the Nets job at this time," Musburger said via text.
Jackson spoke with the Lakers about their head coaching job after the Lakers fired Mike Brown earlier this season. But after believing he'd have an opportunity to decide whether he wanted the position, Jackson watched in surprise when the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni to replace Brown.
Jackson, Musburger said earlier this year, was more interested in a management position similar to that of Pat Riley's in Miami, where he could shape the front office and roster, and hire a coach that would be comfortable running the triangle offense that Jackson used to win 11 titles in Chicago and Los Angeles, making him the NBA's all-time winner of championships, passing the legendary Red Auerbach.
The Nets started the season 11-4, and Johnson was named the NBA's Coach of the Month for November. But the team nosedived this month, falling to 14-14 as injuries and poor play from some of his star players, including star guard Deron Williams, continued through a series of dismal efforts, including a 17-point loss to the Celtics at home on Christmas Day. Brooklyn named assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo as interim head coach Thursday.
"For me, I've got to be able to look myself in the mirror," Johnson said at his press conference Thursday. "And even though I'm disappointed with how things ended, I think I did the best job I could under the circumstances. But obviously it wasn't good enough, and now it's time to move on."