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Cavaliers reach out to Phil Jackson, Mike Brown

Apr 22, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT

Phil Jackson

The Cavaliers seem intent on hiring a former Lakers coach, and their search has most prominently included two with very different experiences in Los Angeles.

One was fired after 1-4 start to his second season. The other won five championships.

Dan Gilbert met with Mike Brown on Sunday night, according to WKYC Channel 3, and the Cavaliers have reached out to Phil Jackson, according to Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein of ESPN.

Jackson would obviously make a much bigger sizzle, but it’s an extreme longshot Cleveland lures him out of retirement. Brown is as much of a re-tread as a coach can be, but he brings solid defensive concepts and a comfort level.

For the Cavaliers, there’s no harm in trying, but they’ll very likely be settling.

  1. stayhigh_247 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Brian Shaw should get the call.

    • henryd3rd - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      All this speculation is based upon LaBron going back to Cleveland when his Miami Heat present contract expires. I envision Pat Riley making LaBron and offer he can’t refuse and surrounding him with enough talent to make numerous runs at multiple NBA titles. South Beach Vs. Lake Erie.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:36 AM

      why would Phil leave the LA sun for Cleveland doom……..
      come on this isn’t even worth mentioning.

  2. kvanhorn87 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Sixers should go all in. Sign josh smith, resign bynum, pay luxury tax, throw an armored truck at Phil Jackson.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      Yeah, Josh Smith and Andrew Bynum is a formula for success!!!……..

    • money2long - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      if the zen master took that job, would he then be referred to as “Philly Jackson” ? lol
      *ba-dum ching*

      • raidmagic - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        Good effort.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM


  3. abchome - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    PJ won’t coach a team without the players to win a championship. Maybe he would take a FO role and mentor the coach for non-champion caliber teams.

    • scalfor3 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      The Cavs have a 20 year old legit “build the franchise around him” player, tons of young athletic guys and tons of cap space to play with. With Phil running things, they would be a good bet to start making good on the potential and turning into a contender. Phil is nothing if not opportunistic, he knows turning these Cavs into winner will eliminate the last possible “yeah, but” from his resume.

    • scalfor3 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Plus, I think Phil is bored and maybe wants a challenge again.

  4. d2o2s6r6 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Phil will never coach Cleveland because they are not a championship caliber team. He never builds champions he inherits championship teams. NOT A PHIL JACKSON FAN

    • badintent - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      Last time I check MJ has zero rings when Phil took command. Bulls had lost to Pistons in the playoffs 3 straight years, so no rings for MJ until Phil showed up. There is a thousand guys great one on one, Basketball is a team game. Tennis players , golfers, and skiers, win by themself without team mates. LA had lost in the playoffs before Phil showed up. Ask Kobe and Shaq about that.
      Only thing Phil inherited was a crazyass skyhook shot when he played with the Knicks. No ONE had that shot, it was dogass ugly.Even Jabbar ws dogging it.

  5. cornbreadbbqred - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Oh Hell-ta-da-NO! I bet the farm Phil want nothing to do with the mistake by the basketball lake!

  6. spideysdog - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    he never builds championship teams, he inherits them? that could be the dumbest statement today. cause Doug Collins and Mike Dunleavy/ Del Harris didn’t have the same teams and flop on their butts? you’ve obviously NEVER played sports. the Showtime Lakers were flat out LOADED on talent. Magic doesn’t have half the titles PJ does. you can dislike the Zen thing, be annoyed by the arrogance and say he had HOF players at his disposal, but questioning his coaching acumen when he got the job done ELEVEN times is just plain foolish.

  7. shuttaman1990 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Cleveland, back the ***** off.

    -Sincerely, Laker fans.

    • mazblast - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      OOOOOHHHHH, it’s so scary when LA folks talk tough.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        @ mazblast

        Go into the heart of LA and say that with a loud speaker, tough guy.

      • shuttaman1990 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Damn right, you know how many parking tickets I got this year? I park my cadillac everywhere I want. I’m a thug!

  8. 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I hope PJ laughed in Dan Gilbert’s face and told him he’d rather take his talents to South Beach then to coach for the likes of him.

    • thegloriousone - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Yeah. Who wants to coach for a passionate billionaire who’ll pay whatever it takes?

      Anyway, it doesn’t matter who the owner is. Unless the team is stacked, Phil isn’t going to coach it.

      Sorry Cleveland.

  9. djigel - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Can’t blame the Cavs for trying right? What’s the harm in putting out a feeler and seeing what happens? The people who get things in life are the people who ask for them – you just have to be OK with someone saying “no” from time to time – which is likely the case here

  10. tampajoey - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Funny how all the ghetto rats think everyone wants to coach in a big city like New York.

  11. cantonbound13 - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I can’t see him going to Cleveland, no offense to Cleveland, but I only see him going to Seattle (when they get the Kings), LA, Brooklyn or NY. I don’t see him coaching, it will most likely be a Pat Riley type of situation.

    • powerpc20 - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      I agree, he’ll want to bring in his own guys too (Shaw, Cleamons, etc.) Just like Riles, I think his days of getting on Minnesota tarmacs in the dead of January are over. Seattle makes the most sense if they get the Kings (close to Montana and Jeanie’s west coast home), team starting fresh with front office. Maybe Brooklyn though if the Russian wants to offer $20 mil a year.

  12. lakerluver - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Phil joining the Cadaver liers? Don’t hold your breath on that one. They have a better chance of LBJ returning. Actually, that just might happen…when he’s 35 and on his way out the league.

  13. thegloriousone - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Hey, Phil. Prove you’re the greatest. Go to Cleveland and win a couple rings. C’mon’ Zen boy.

    Without a few lock Hall of Famers on the roster, Phil ain’t goin’ nowhere.

  14. thegloriousone - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I almost forgot.

    Mike Brown couldn’t win with either LeBron or Kobe. I’m sure he just needs the chance to coach Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving (albeit for 50 games a year) in order to bring one home.

  15. badintent - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Mike did win back to back 60+ seasons with LBJ. How many NBA coaches besides Phil can say that ? The answer is only Riley and Pops. So why the hate to Mike. ? Because he’s cashing $$$$ checks from Jimmy buss and you’re not ???

  16. thegloriousone - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Oh. I must have missed the trophy presentation for 60 win seasons.

    If Brown was able to milk Buss, God bless him. Getting paid for nothing is a talent. Ask the Octomom.

    Mike Brown: Rich man, terrible coach.

    • badintent - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      Mike got another $20 million . Thanks for your astute opinon on Mike.Now Mike has milked Gilbert and Buss. Who you milking ? Obmama for Wall Street handout Billions $$$ ?Right.Next question

  17. ndrick731 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    You all seem to miss the point of Phil Jackson’s career. He only takes over teams that have been build and seasoned by someone else and are ready to win titles. He has never built a team and would have no interest in doing so now.

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