Since firing Avery Johnson, the Brooklyn Nets have gone 6-1. Today, at 20-15, they have closed the Knicks lead in the Atlantic division to just 3.5 games and have been a better team under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo.
From the moment Johnson was fired, the name that immediately came up as his long-term replacement was Phil Jackson. But after Carlesimo’s good start—and a recent statement made by Jackson—it may be time to move on…
Phil Jackson will NOT be back as a coach this season. He said so himself Tuesday.
“I have no intention of ever coaching again,” Jackson told SheridanHoops.com in a brief statement.
He offered no elaboration, nor any details of how hard — if at all — the Brooklyn Nets had pushed to bring him in as the permanent replacement for Avery Johnson, who was fired last month.
But he also did not use the word “retired,” and his use of the word “intention” will be seen by many as a hedge. Moreover, the quote was similar to what Jackson said when he left the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.
Jackson was the one and only long-term coaching target of the Nets, who are now expected to keep P.J. Carlesimo in the job for the remainder of the regular season. The team is 6-1 since Carlesimo took over, losing only to the San Antonio Spurs.