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Reports: Phil Jackson, Stan Van Gundy not interested in Nets job

Dec 27, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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In the wake of Avery Johnson being fired, P.J. Carlisimo is the Brooklyn Nets head coach. Whenever GM Billy King was asked about a coaching search during his press conference, he blew the idea off and went back to Carlisimo being the coach.

Nobody believes him. Everybody knows there will be a full blown coaching search for the Nets job. (Carlisimo can put his name into that search by just winning, he has the reins.) But this is not going to be a Lakers-style speedy in-season search, this is going to be patient search for the right fit. They search likely would not even begin until the first of the year.

Still, we can save King some time — reportedly Phil Jackson and Stan Van Gundy are not interested.

Jackson’s agent spoke with David Aldridge of

The longtime agent for Phil Jackson, Todd Musburger, told’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.

When he left the Lakers the last time Jackson seemed worn down by the grind of coaching — the travel, the lack of sleep, the long hours. He was more interested in a management position. While he was interested in the Lakers offer to coach, that is a much more talented roster, one where players like Kobe Bryant know his system, and that is a franchise with which he is familiar. Very different animal than the Brooklyn.

Then there is this tweet Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, who texted with Stan Van Gundy on Thursday.

Of course, these are public denials, which are different than private denials once King actually makes a call. Still, these are two smart coaches looking for a good fit, and they see a flawed roster with an owner who demands winning (not to mention the New York media). With all that they may decide there are better things to do with their time.

  1. doctorfootball - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    How could these guys not want to coach the self proclaimed best team in New York?

  2. basketballhooper1 - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM


  3. cantonbound13 - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    It’s bad when Stan has no interest.

  4. dalucks - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    This is further proof that the Nets have a bad roster. No elite or decent coach wants to waste their time coaching that roster.
    Making a bad situation worse is what Billy King specializes in.

  5. cantonbound13 - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Bring in Nellie!!!

  6. progress2011 - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Phil Jackson in the same organization as Jay Z…….AHAHAHAHahahahaha !

    I don’t see that EVER happening!

    Worst rapper in HISTORY, who has personally lead the charge in the demise of what was once a really cool art form.

    Rap is supposed to be poetry over music….that dude, with his non-stop pandering of NY, started the downward spiral of what we are left with these scrubs:
    * Lil Wayne (ugliest person award),
    * Rick Ross (fat dude should keep his shirt on)

    And all the other circus clowns making nursery rhymes and the only content is:
    1. How many cars they have (even though they are probably renting them)
    2. How many women they have (even though they are paying for them)
    3. The Club
    4. The songs have a hook they repeat 100 times and the rest of the lyrics don’t collectively make sense

    There in ZERO originality…all of ’em look alike with the grill, saggy pants and a million tattoo’s nobody can tell what they are !

    My iTunes only have – 2Pac, Public Enemy, EPMD, Eric B & Rakim, Project Pat, Too Short, NWA, Cypress Hill, Das EFX, Gang Starr, Ghetto Boyz, Ice Cube, Ice T, 8 Ball MJG, Mos Def, Naughty By Nature, Sir Mix A Lot, Snoop, LL, Kool Moe Dee, De La Soul, Bran Nubians and a few others.

    TI is the only new school dude that can get any consistent play on the playlist.

    Check the LYRICS !!!

    • raidmagic - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      Wow, off your meds?

    • saint1997 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      why did you think people would care about that?

    • dko83 - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:57 AM


    • kanemoney - Dec 28, 2012 at 4:31 AM

      Blame record labels, not Jay Z. When ARs go after ‘fake thug’ rappers, you get the litany of rims, bling, and faux violence.

      I listen to a lot of underground hip hop and as far as mainstream rap is concerned, Jay Z is far from the worst of it. Pitbull, Nelly, Ludacris, Big Tymers, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, etc…

      There is still plenty of great rap. It’s not dead. It never was. It just doesn’t get radio play.

      • progress2011 - Dec 28, 2012 at 8:31 AM

        Sup Kane,

        You are absolutely right, record labels are the people that write the checks and determine who & what they will produce.
        Then they throw gifts, parties, money and other perks at the radio stations to spin the songs they want.

        All of that is understood.

        Since Jay Z & Puffy/ P-Diddy (or whatever he calls himself today) are the two that have been the biggest sell-outs….they are the faces people can relate to.

        As far as your other assertions, we are on the same page.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 28, 2012 at 6:42 AM

      I thought Carmelo owned the Nets with the 35ppg he’s averaging against them.

    • fanofthegame79 - Dec 28, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      This is an NBA blog. Why in the world are you bringing up rap?!?

  7. ajek23 - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Progress2011 y u makin a rant about rap and this is about ballin no 1 cares whos on ur ifool list

    • progress2011 - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:44 AM

      Well ajax23,

      Since Jay Z (worst rapper in history) is part owner of the organization that just fired Avery, it was a great opportunity to point out his lack of musical skill, since Brooklyn obviously have a lack of ownership direction.

      I know sometimes it’s hard to put all the dots together. It’s a lot of information to digest.

      Bottom line, he’s a bad rapper and a bad owner.

      Hopefully, since I have broken this down to a kindergarten level, you can now keep up.

      • ayyyup - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        Hey dumbass. 1. Jay z has nothing to do with Johnson’s firing or the “lack of ownership direction” you claim exists. Everyone knows prokherov is in charge of the team. He calls the shots. So if there’s was a problem with ownership, its his faults. Jay z’s stake is more of a publicity stunt than anything else. 2. If you honestly think jay z is the worst rapper ever, you must be mentally challenged. Is he the best rapper ever? No. But he’s decently talented and lightyears away from being the worst. Have you even heard of lil b, or soljaboy? And those guys are just sucky rappers that are famous. Just imagine all the shitty rappers that are toiling away in obscurity. To claim jay z is worse than those guys is just fucking stupid.

  8. magicbucs - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Nobody wants to coach D.willams. You’ll get fired. Just have D will coach the team since he likes to get his coaches fired

    • money2long - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      word on the street is dwill’s the reason coach k is “stepping down” from coaching team USA…imagine.

  9. d2o2s6r6 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Once again Phil Jackson shows his true colors and decline to coach a non championship contender. Like I always said about him, he only coaches teams that are already championship caliber. I can not deny the rings but I still am not a fan

  10. tannethrill - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Want to win the war of NY the old fashioned way?

    Patrick Ewing not only deserves a shot but would destroy the hearts of all Knicks fans whether they admit it or not.

  11. kavika6 - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    When your so-called “franchise player” is currently the most infamous coach killer in the NBA, who would want the job?

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