7 NBA Teams Who Should Scratch Phil Jackson's 'Itch' to Coach Again
Phil Jackson is arguably one of the best NBA coaches of all time, having won 11 NBA championships. There are many NBA teams out there that could certainly use a coach like Jackson, so why not go for him?
Jackson is known for going to already-stacked NBA teams, but that doesn't mean the underdogs in the NBA should not try to pursue him.
So read on to find out seven teams who should scratch Phil Jackson's itch to coach again.
Okay, so a 7-59 record isn't exactly ideal for a coach of Jackson's caliber, but Jackson could do something he has never done with any other team, with the Charlotte Bobcats.
He can help rebuild them.
Jackson is a great coach, but he obviously lucked out by coaching for the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era, and then landing a job with the Los Angeles Lakers, who will be a good team as long as they have Kobe Bryant.
The Bobcats have some young talent in a few players like Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker. Jackson could completely change these two players' careers by coaching them.
Charlotte has a lot of work to do before it can be a title contender, but hiring a coach like Jackson would be a great start.
Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Brown did not end the season with the Los Angeles Lakers like he would have wanted to.
Kobe Bryant played great, but you can't say a whole lot about the rest of the Lakers team.
There is no guarantee that Brown will be the head coach for Los Angeles next season.
With that said, the Lakers wouldn't be in the wrong by pursuing Phil Jackson. If anyone is going to resurrect the triangle offense, it is going to be Jackson.
The Lakers were clearly a great team with Jackson, so why not get their man back?
If the Orlando Magic can land Phil Jackson, Dwight Howard would most likely stay with the organization.
Orlando finally parted ways with Stan Van Gundy, so they are in search of a new coach. Jackson would be quite the upgrade.
Howard is already a superstar, but just imagine how good he could be if Jackson coached him.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks may not pursue Jackson, but that does not mean that they shouldn't.
If anyone knows how to coach All-Stars, it is Phil Jackson. Coaching Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony is not an easy task, but Jackson would most likely have no trouble in doing so.
The Knicks are a pretty good team. They did make it to the playoffs and all this season. They just need a push to get them to the next level, so they can compete for an NBA title.
Jackson would be that push.
The Washington Wizards need serious help this offseason because a record of 20-46 just isn't cutting it.
Washington is not a likely place where Jackson would land, but the Wizards should do everything in their power to try to get the legendary coach to coach for them.
Nene Hilario and John Wall have some serious talent and Washington needs to convince Jackson of this.
A big contract would help get the job done as well. That's if the Wizards could afford it, though.
Now that the Nets are in Brooklyn maybe they can start contending for a playoff spot.
For this to happen though, the Nets must hang on to Deron Williams. Landing Phil Jackson would most likely keep Williams in a Nets uniform.
Brooklyn will not only be a very attractive place to play, but coach as well. Brooklyn would invite Jackson into its home with open arms if he were willing to coach them.
If the Miami Heat do anything short of winning an NBA championship this year, Erik Spoelstra should be fired.
If you can't win with three very talented players, then you shouldn't be coaching.
If Phil Jackson takes over this team, Miami will win a championship its first year with him. It is as simple as that.
However, if the Heat do win a championship this year, Spoelstra will buy at least another year with Miami.
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