Phil Jackson, who guided the Los Angeles Lakers to five National Basketball Association championships and the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls to six, will advise the Detroit Pistons on their coaching search.
Tom Gores, the Pistons’ owner and chief executive officer of Platinum Equity LLC, said in a statement that Jackson is “one of the best minds in the business.”
“We are thrilled to have him as an adviser,” said Gores, adding that President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars welcomes input from Jackson.
The 11 championships for Jackson-coached teams are two more than the number won by Red Auerbach with the Boston Celtics, the next highest in NBA history.
Jackson, 67, left the Lakers after the 2010-11 season and is mentioned whenever a high-profile coaching or front-office vacancy occurs in the NBA. ESPN reported this week that the Toronto Raptors were pursuing him as team president.
The Pistons fired coach Lawrence Frank after a 29-53 season record and a 54-94 mark in two years.
The Detroit News said former Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan has interviewed for the Pistons job. The Pistons, according to the newspaper, are also interested in Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, who worked under Jackson with the Lakers.
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