According to Sam Amick, the Orlando Magic are still in discussions with the legendary coach to take over the team, possibly with former Lakers and Pacers assistant Brian Shaw joining him and taking over as head coach.
The Orlando Magic cannot afford to blow this magnificent opportunity!
It is not every day that a team has the chance to hire a 13-time NBA champion like Jackson who won two rings as a player with the Knicks and 11 more as a head coach with the Bulls and Lakers. In fact, such an opportunity has never presented itself to any team before, in the history of the game!
Please allow me to now list the top three reasons the Orlando Magic must hire Phil Jackson to run their franchise.
The first reason the Orlando Magic must hire Phil Jackson is because, well, he's Phil Jackson for goodness sake!
The second reason the Orlando Magic must hire Phil Jackson is because he is the man that can convince Dwight Superman Howard to sign a long-term extension with the team!
The third reason the Orlando Magic must hire Phil Jackson immediately, no matter the cost, is because the Zen Master is the one person who has the guts to trade Dwight Howard to any team offering the Magic the best return on their investment, period.
While hiring Phil Jackson may be all that is needed to convince Dwight Howard to sign a long-term extension with the franchise, if Howard remains wishy-washy, Jackson is also someone who has the courage to trade the indecisive young Superman to the highest bidder.
Phil Jackson's self-esteem is enormously high, his legacy is secure and he is not afraid of taking chances. Such courage and boldness should not be overlooked in a league filled with GMs who would rather keep the fans placated with a marginal contending product than take a risk at building a title contender.