Nets Seeking Phil Jackson!
“I think he’s the logical choice,” Nets guard Jerry Stackhouse said. “He’s been in a lot of big-time situations. That’s who he is. If I’m an owner or a general manager and I’m going to make a coaching change, he’d definitely be the first guy I’d see if he had any interest.” – nydailynews
The Brooklyn Nets suddenly canned Avery Johnson yesterday after a 14-14 start, and are now heavily recruiting coaching legend Phil Jackson! According to multiple reports and ESPN.com, and despite Nets’ GM Billy King’s ignoring questions about the idea on Thursday, the 11-time Champion pedigree coach Jackson seems to be the best fit! The Nets have good players to fit into the triangle offense, and that is Jackson’s forte! Despite Jackson’s agent Todd Musburger response, “no interest in the Nets’ job at this time,’’ Jackson was teased by the Lakers recent hiring, and now may be open to the notion of coaching again! Check out more on the Avery Johnson firing below!
“It was a tough decision,” Nets GM Billy King said during a press conference at the team’s practice facility. “I’ve worked well with Avery for 2 1/2 years, but the way we’ve been playing lately … in talking with ownership, I spoke to them this morning and the decision was made.”
“Watching us, we just didn’t have the same fire as we did when we were 11-4,” King said. “Talking to Avery we just weren’t able to figure it out, we weren’t able to pinpoint what was missing.”
“You lose by 17 to the Celtics [on Christmas Day], you lose to the Knicks the way you did, you lose to Milwaukee … these are teams you’re talking about [being competitive with]. It was a pattern, whether guys played or didn’t play, the same pattern kept happening.” – nypost
The Nets spent a lot of money to retool the squad, and didn’t like the look of late (3-10) after a hot start (11-4). Avery Johnson spent 2 1/2 years with the team and posted a 60-116 record.