Phil Jackson: Could the Legendary Coach Take Brooklyn Nets' Job?

By Connor Muldowney
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors have been circulating lately about possible destinations for legendary head coach Phil Jackson. The 11-time NBA champion as a coach is the hottest commodity to hit the league’s market since LeBron James.

The Brooklyn Nets are currently looking for a head coach after firing interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo, who led the Nets to the playoffs with a 49-33 record and a fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Seems like a solid season for a team that was just 22-44 last season, but with solid offseason additions, the expectations became higher — so high that Avery Johnson and Carlesimo apparently couldn’t meet them.

All business aside, the Nets need a coach and Jackson could be a good fit. Then again, he would be a great fit for any team because he is quite possibly the best coach of all-time.

However, the Nets may not intrigue the ‘Zen Master’ as much as other offers may. He has coached the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan and the Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. To say he has a knack for coaching superstars is an understatement.

The Nets have Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson — none of which can really be considered a superstar. While Lopez is on that track, he has yet to reach it. With the combination of the three, they are still missing a vital piece to their NBA title puzzle — as was proven in the 2013 playoffs.

Jackson would be better suited to coach the New York Knicks or the Lakers, but neither team is currently looking for a head coach. That may change in the coming weeks, but for now, Jackson will remain a coaching-search consultant for the Detroit Pistons and nothing more.

Brooklyn may be intriguing and with the addition of maybe another star, they could be the landing spot for the man with nearly a dozen titles.

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