Nets Rumors: Phil Jackson Brooklyn’s ‘No. 1 Choice’

While no deal is imminent, as formal discussions have yet to take place, the Brooklyn Nets have targeted former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson as their ideal replacement for the recently fired Avery Johnson, reports Howard Beck of The New York Times.


No deal is imminent, no formal discussions have taken place, and it is not even clear that Jackson wants the job. But the search will start with Jackson and only Jackson, according to multiple people monitoring the process.

Following the dismissal of Johnson, the Nets have named P.J. Carlesimo as the interim coach. While there has been no timetable set up when it comes to finding a replacement, a person familiar with the search called Jackson the Nets “No. 1 choice.” Jackson has strong ties to New York, as he started his playing career with the Knicks and ended it with the Nets.

At this point, all other candidates are considered “distant second choices” until the Nets determine if Phil wants the job, according to Beck.

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