Brooklyn Nets In Search For New Coach Guess Who They Reached Out To?
The Brooklyn Nets have contacted Phil Jackson about replacing the outgoing P.J. Carlesimo, according to a source.
After Jackson, the source says the list of current Nets candidates consists of Larry Brown and Brian Shaw.
Neither Nate McMillan nor brothers Jeff and Stan Van Gundy are on the list, the source said. That could change if the Nets fail to land one of their top three choices.
Boston coach Doc Rivers would interest the Nets should the Celtics agree to let him out of his current contract, the source said. Jerry Sloan, whom star point guard Deron Williams recently endorsed, is a long-shot candidate.
Mike Dunleavy is also an emerging candidate due to his strong relationship with Nets general manager Billy King, according to the New York Daily News. Dunleavy last served as the Clippers GM prior to being fired in 2010.
King said Sunday that he would make a call to Jackson, the league’s all-time coaching leader with 11 titles. He understands that Jackson is not likely to come to Brooklyn to coach, but he is open to bringing Jackson into the front office, according to the source.
NBA.com first reported the Nets had reached out to Jackson regarding their coaching job.
Jackson, who has voiced interest in a Pat Riley-type role with an organization, would perhaps join the Nets as the team’s president while also getting a slice of ownership.