Every fan base whose team has a coaching vacancy is dreaming of Phil Jackson taking over on the bench.
It’s not happening — Jackson has said he wants a front office gig. He’s done with coaching.
And he told that again to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on twitter.
“But he was going to coach the Lakers” you say. That was a special situation. First, it’s a team with a couple key guys that knew his system and it’s a potential contender. But that’s not enough, the Lakers was a place where his presence could tilt the front office balance of power toward his fiancée Jeanie Buss and away from Jim Buss with regard to basketball decisions. That’s why he’s not ever getting the job. (Not that Lakers fans will let that dream die.)
But any other organization, he wants the Jerry West/Pat Riley role. The Nets, with Mikhail Prokhorov’s people in place and Billy King running the show, are not looking to change up the front office, they just wanted a coach.
And Phil Jackson doesn’t do that anymore.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.