Nets Contact Phil Jackson About Coaching Vacancy, Says

The Brooklyn Nets contacted Phil Jackson to determine his interest in coaching the team next season, reported, citing a person familiar with the situation it didn’t identify.

The Nets reached out to Jackson yesterday, said, a day after they fired interim coach P.J. Carlesimo following the team’s loss to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

There’s no indication how long Jackson, who won a total of 11 NBA championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, would take before responding to the Nets’ inquiry, the report said.

The Detroit Pistons said last week that Jackson will be an adviser for the team in its coaching search. Jackson, 67, left the Lakers after the 2010-11 season and is frequently mentioned whenever a high-profile coaching or front-office vacancy occurs in the NBA. ESPN reported last week that the Toronto Raptors were pursuing him as team president.

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