Nets hope to interview Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw
Updated On: May 06 2013 02:00:12 PM CDT
Nets GM Billy King said at a press conference Sunday to announce the firing of P.J. Carlesimo as head coach that Phil Jackson will be considered and contacted for the position. The New York Daily News has learned that Jackson, and his former assistant Brian Shaw (now an assistant with the Pacers), will be requested to interview for the gig. The names tossed around in Sunday's media session included Jackson and Sloan, while a source shot down a report that Jeff Van Gundy is a top target — indicating there's a “98% chance” the Nets don't even meet with the TV analyst and former Knicks coach. Meanwhile, highly respected Pacers assistant Brian Shaw will be allowed to speak with the Nets after Indiana's season concludes, team president Donnie Walsh told the Daily News. Walsh expects Shaw's name to come up for the Brooklyn job. via Nets fire P.J. Carlesimo, team will reach out to Phil Jackson -- NY Daily News. The only name that King would rule out was Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Jackson has been reported to be strongly leaning towards a front office position rather than a coaching position. That doesn't leave him out of the Nets' plans necessarily, and if you're looking for someone willing to throw a bunch of money at a poorly designed situation to try to make it work, owner Mikhail Prokhorov is your guy. Billy King likely wouldn't chuff at being a GM under Jackson as president of basketball operations. Jackson could coach part-time and they could farm out the rest. But it's still unlikely, given those challenges.
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