NBA Rumors: Did Phil Jackson Snub Orlando Magic for Another Team?
The news comes from the Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz:
Magic CEO Alex Martins was formally presented on Wednesday with a scenario involving Jackson by Sam Vincent, who played for the Magic and Jackson.
"It drew some interest from Phil," Vincent said. "But in the end, Phil decided to go with another opportunity."
Jackson is apparently headed back to the NBA in some capacity, but he pulled out here before Martins had a chance to run it by owner Rich DeVos. Martins learned of Jackson's exit Thursday, but would not comment.
Let's take a closer look at this newest development regarding the Zen Master.
What it Means
Phil Jackson isn't necessarily comfortable with retirement. It's unknown at this point what Jackson's future plans exactly are, but the use of the words "another opportunity" by Sam Vincent is important.
What Jackson has in mind, we don't know. We do know he isn't willing to stay at home on the couch watching basketball on TV anymore.
Do you think Phil Jackson will be in the NBA in 2012-13?
Jackson could have another head-coaching job in mind, he could have a front-office job lined up or he could be looking for something in the WNBA for all we know.
If Jackson truly has decided to go with "another opportunity," we'll probably find out soon what exactly that opportunity is.
Should he go for a head-coaching job in the NBA, the only other team besides the Magic that has a current vacancy is the Charlotte Bobcats.
Of course, there is also the possibility he takes a front-office role—similar to what Pat Riley currently does in Miami.
Stay tuned as we learn more about the Zen Master's future in the NBA.
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