Well, that ended quickly. Immediately after the Brooklyn Nets’ season ended after a Game 7 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, they fired interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Shortly after, the team contacted Phil Jackson in hopes of luring him to Brooklyn to coach their team.
A few hours later the former coach shot down that idea, declining the Nets’ job offer because he has no interest in returning to coaching, ending Brooklyn’s pursuit of their No. 1 coach.
Jackson, who has been out of the game since retiring after the Lakers’ 2010-11 season, is an 11-time champion coach who could have made the Brooklyn Nets a lot better, but, unfortunately for the Nets, he seems to be only interested in taking a managerial role with a team, running its basketball operations.
Jackson was the first coach the Nets contacted about the head coaching job, but since their offer was turned down, they coaching questions will continue. The Nets saw two coaches this season; Avery Johnson, before firing him in December, then P.J Carlesimo as interim coach, but decided against re-signing him after their first round playoff loss to Chicago.
The Nets will now start their search for their open coaching position, and their list includes Larry Brown, Scott Skiles, Doc Rivers if he were to part ways with the Celtics, and Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw.