HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) Phil Jackson holds the NBA record for the most combined championships, (13), as a player and a head coach. He’s also beaten cancer, which has earned him the nickname “Zen Master”.
Most would say that Jackson should probably be the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers instead of Mike D’antoni. No disrespect intended towards D’antoni. However, previous success coupled with player-preferred-indication points towards Jackson. In addition, the Lakers probably would not have a “where is Dwight Howard going to sign in the off-season” controversy if the “Zen Man” were the head coach.
Phil Jackson will turn 68 just before the 2013-14 basketball season gets underway and he’s still very relevant. The Detroit Pistons hired Jackson as a consultant to help in their search for a new head coach. However, Jackson has since turned into a possible candidate himself for another head coaching position.
Published reports released Monday state that Jackson, along with other well-known coaches, will be asked to interview for the head coaching position with the Brooklyn Nets who just Monday released P.J. Carlesimo.
Would Jackson Consider the Nets?
That’s a good question considering their salary cap issues and the current makeup of the roster. If Jackson wants the big paycheck, the possibility is there. However, there are other items to consider if Jackson wants to win.
Sir Charles Barkley shared his thoughts during TNT’s coverage of the Nets-Bulls series that sums up what he and most think of that team.
(The Nets) “don’t play with a lot of passion … they just play on talent.” It sure looked that way in their first round six-and-out exit to a wounded Chicago Bulls (Bears) team that refused to lose. Talk about playoff drama, it unfolded with the Bulls – no Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich also injured, Nate Robinson losing his inners on National television at courtside, Luol Deng, hospitalized, and Joakim Noah playing with plantar fasciitis.
The payroll of the Nets BIG THREE would suggest that they play tougher and not just on talent. Guard Joe Johnson earned $19,752,645 this season. He is scheduled to earn $21,466,718 during the 2013-14 season. Deron Williams earned $17,177,795 this past season and will earn $18,466,130 in 2013-14. Brook Lopez earned $13,668,750 and is scheduled to grab $14,693,906 next. Heck, Kris Humphries earned $12,000,000 this season and will earn the same during the 2013-14.
Bottom line – the Nets do need a stronger, more physical inside presence that indicates they are not just a finesse team. But, the bigger question at this juncture is whether or not Phil Jackson decides he’s the man for the job and if Mikhail Prokhorov, principle owner of the Nets, is willing to pay his price. Reportedly, there are other coaches with great name recognition. But, currently, Jackson is the headliner.
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