(NEW YORK) — Phil Jackson is comfortable living the life of an 11-time NBA champion head coach. Jackson has reportedly been the Brooklyn Nets top choice to become their next head coach, but reaffirmed he won’t be returning to the NBA on Tuesday.
“I have no intention of ever coaching again,” Jackson told SheridanHoops.com on Tuesday night.
Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo has guided the Nets to a 6-1 start after taking over for fired head coach Avery Johnson in December. ESPN.com has reported that Jackson is the Nets top target to take over as head coach.
Carlesimo called Jackson’s bluff after the Nets win on Tuesday night, “I don’t believe Phil, anyhow. I’ve known Phil too long.”
Jackson’s last stint in the NBA was in 2011 when he led the Lakers to a Pacific Division crown and a 57-25 record, but saw Los Angeles get swept out of the playoffs by the Mavericks in the Conference Semifinals round.
Jackson’s coaching record is 1155-485 in his 20 seasons as a head coach between the Lakers and Chicago Bulls.
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Jill Martin, CNN