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Nets to talk to Phil Jackson, Sloan, Shaw among others for coach

May 6, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw AP

You get the impression that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov still wants a big name as coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

That was what they wanted a few years ago, so they went with Avery Johnson over top assistants at the time such as Tom Thibodeau. How’d that work out for them?

The first names that have come out in the Nets coaching search this time are the big ones — GM Billy King said he will gauge the interest of Phil Jackson, for one, as reported by the New York Daily News.

Phil Jackson wants a role where he can be Billy King’s boss, not his coach. With the Nets power structure pretty locked in, hard to see how that works out.

Another name that came up quickly was Jeff Van Gundy, but multiple reports have shot that down. There is some friction there.

Former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan’s name came up and Nets point guard Deron Williams would be good with that, reports the New York Post.

Williams said he “would love” to play again for Jerry Sloan, his old coach in Utah, and when Phil Jackson’s name came up, Williams said, “Who wouldn’t want to play for Phil Jackson?”

Sloan, with his flex offense, seems a better fit to add some versatility to the predictable (and therefore defendable) Nets attack. But at 71 and a disciplinarian, will that work in New York?

After that there are other candidates including Pacers lead assistant Brian Shaw and Nate McMillan, who are apparently now mentioned with every coaching job opening and are likely to land one of them. Maybe the Nets after they strike out on big names (although McMillan is up there).

  1. raiderinvader - May 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Phil wouod be crazy to take the job.Sloan quit in Utah because of derron Williams so by process of elimination Brian Shaw should be and will be the next coach of the Brooklyn nets

  2. thomaskouns - May 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I don’t know why these type of teams even bother to interview Phil unless he feels very confident that team has the talent to win a championship – the Nets don’t.

    If you have followed Phil’s career you know he is very image conscious and fiercely protects his legacy and reputation.

    The Nets are hamstrung over the next 3 to 5 years with overrated, older and declining players who are virtually untradeable given their guaranteed contracts. Not a chance he will ever go there.

    • asimonetti88 - May 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      I don’t disagree with your point about the Nets being hamstrung with older, declining players, but Phil took on a Lakers team in 2005 that did not hae the talent to win a championship. Unless you think a team starting Smush Parker, Chucky Atkins and Chris Mihm is championship quality.

      • jedifriedchicken - May 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        That’s because it was the Lakers, and he knew that it was most likely only a matter of time before the team would be ready to compete for championships again. Three years later they went to three finals, and won two of them. By 2014 they could be back in the hunt some more titles. The Nets are stuck with what they got for awhile, and don’t have the same appeal as the Lakers. Not yet anyways.

      • danfrommv - May 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        And because his girlfriend is part owner of the Lakers

    • danfrommv - May 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Most teams are either hamstrung with bad contracts or already rebuilding with young talent. There are very few teams who repeatedly at the top of the league for 4+ years. Now we seem to have the Heat, OKC (who have slipped a notch without Harden), and San Antonio somehow stays in the mix. Good GM there, I guess.

      The Lakers will have a ton of cap space, but only Steve Nash signed, in 2014-2015 (assuming Howard leaves). So unless they get a “big 3” scenario going, it could be a long climb back for them (too bad for me since I am a Lakers fan).

  3. lakerluver - May 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    If Phil wants to run the show in Brooklyn, King should be canned immediately. The team he has constructed is just good enough to make the playoffs every year but get booted in the 1st or 2nd round.

  4. mogogo1 - May 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Hard to imagine a poorer fit for Phil Jackson. He supposedly would rather run a front office than coach, but even if the Nets handed him that job it’s minimal a couple of years before he could get rid of some of those bad contracts. The press would have already deemed him a failure by then. No way does he take a job where he can’t immediately make the changes he thinks are needed.

  5. paulhargis53 - May 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    lakerluver. What are you still doing on these postings? You lost a bet, now get lost. That includes your kb24, bozosforall monikers , and any other one you post under.

    You are such a damn loser. I knew you’d be a freaking weasel about it, and you were too chicken to talk about this on person while I was in L.A

    You suck at life.

  6. paulhargis53 - May 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    lakerluver, you lost our bet, get off of this site, under ALL of your screen names.

    Why are you such a weasel? You lost, now leave.

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