Nets join Bulls, also reach out to Phil Jackson through back door channels
UPDATE: 7:04 pm: Rod Thorn, the man with the power in New Jersey, said, “are you kidding me?” Well, not exactly those words, but that is basically what he told FanHouse.
Thorn adds he expects Jackson to stay in LA. Thank you. That’s what we’ve been saying, even if that is no fun to speculate about.
1:53 pm: We told you, the Bulls would not be alone.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein is now reporting that the New Jersey Nets have reached out to Phil Jackson through backdoor channels. That follows the Chicago Bulls also allegedly making the same step.
Got to admire that the Nets are trying to go big. At some point that is going to pay off.
But not here. As we mentioned before, Jackson wants more than money, he wants more rings. The Nets are a rebuilding project, Jackson is not about to take that on again (as he did with his return to Los Angeles, when he had to start Smush Parker and Kwame Brown for a season).
As for Chicago, the Tribune is reporting that their sources are downplaying the rumor the Bulls have reached out to Jackson. Plus, they reminded us of this May 4 quote from Jackson.
As we noted before, the Lakers may be cutting Jackson’s pay, but he can win titles, he has a comfort level in Los Angeles, it’s a warm-weather city and his girlfriend lives here. To get him to move will take more than a couple million dollars.