Detroit Pistons Bring On Phil Jackson As Advisor to Help Find New Head Coach

By Dan Parzych

There’s been plenty of talk about the possibility of Phil Jackson returning to the NBA as a head coach for the 2013-14 season, but it looks like he’s going to be taking on a new role with the Detroit Pistons to help them find a new head coach of their own instead.

Jackson agreed to a deal with the Pistons on Thursday to come on board to serve as an advisor for the team as they look for a new head coach for next season. Detroit has been going through rebuilding mode over the last couple of years and recently fired Lawrence Frank after a disappointing 29-53 season–so their offseason obviously became a little more busy now that they needed to find a replacement.

Luckily, the Pistons will have arguably the best coach in NBA history to help them find a replacement.

Last season, Jackson seemed like he was interested in a possible return to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the team decided to go with Mike D’Antoni instead. Even over the last couple of weeks, many wondered if Jackson would consider another comeback for the 2013-14 season and while this role with the Pistons may not be the same–it’s certainly better than nothing.

Detroit has plenty of young talent that any head coach would love to work with–so it will be interesting to see who Jackson and company end up going with for next season. Even if he isn’t their head coach, the Pistons have to be pleased with the type of recruits Jackson will bring to the table.

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