NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers Reportedly Targeting Phil Jackson For Coaching Vacancy

By Paul Seaver
Matthew Emmons-USA Today Sports

One game is in the books for each team that has qualified for the NBA Playoffs here in 2013, but the Cleveland Cavaliers were not one of the 16 to advance any further than the regular season.

That’s because the Cavaliers have mustered only 64 total wins since LeBron James left town to take his talents to South Beach. The franchise made the decision this past week to part ways with head coach Byron Scott after three seasons, opening the door for the Cavaliers to potentially target a big name with their coaching vacancy.

Who does Cleveland have in mind? Well, none other than the legend himself — Phil Jackson.

According to a few various reports, the Cavaliers have already reached out to Jackson to gauge his interest in potentially returning to the sidelines next season in Cleveland. Jackson has won 11 NBA Championships during his head coaching career and it was just reported last week that he was “itching” for a return to the sidelines.

Jackson has not coached since the 2010-11 season, but don’t expect him to be rusty if he does decide to return to the NBA in 2013-14. Jackson has been successful throughout his career, but there isn’t exactly any star power in Cleveland at the moment other than budding point guard Kyrie Irving. However, there is of course that opportunity that LeBron could return home after next season. James will be a free agent in 2014 and despite the unfriendly departure three seasons ago, Cavaliers fans must face facts — they’d love to have him back in 2014-15.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s leave this as it is for the time being. Cleveland is interested in Jackson, but it’s no more than that right now. We will wait and see how Jackson reacts this off-season.


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