Phil Jackson's Next Job Should Be with the Los Angeles Clippers
While the legendary coach retired at the end of last season, he is not going away any time soon.
After Mike Brown was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers five games into the regular season, Jackson was considered for the head coaching job. However, the team decided to hire Mike D'Antoni instead, which Jackson "laughed off" (via Arash Markazi of ESPN).
Still, there are plenty of great opportunities around the league for him as a head coach. Most recently, the Brooklyn Nets wanted to give the 11-time NBA champion a chance, but he turned the position down because he is not looking to be on the sidelines, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
After connecting with Brooklyn today, Phil Jackson informed organization that he has no interest in coaching job, league source says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 7, 2013
However, he did call it a "good situation" and said it was the best offer he received, according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.
If he thought that Brooklyn was a good situation, he should love what is happening with the Clippers.
Should Phil Jackson join the Los Angeles Clippers?
Los Angeles had the fifth-best record in the NBA this season at 56-26. The squad played good defense under Vinny Del Negro, ranking fourth in the league in points allowed. But the group has the potential to be even better.
With young players like Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe and others, the team should expect even more improvement in the future. Chris Paul is a free agent, but he might want to stay if Jackson is in the picture.
Finally, sticking around the Staples Center would add a revenge factor against the Lakers after they refused to hire him last season.
If the Hall of Famer wanted to return as a coach anywhere, the Clippers would be the perfect spot.
However, there should be an opportunity for Jackson somewhere in the front office. The organization could seriously use someone with this type of experience and success in the NBA. Considering the franchise has never gotten past the conference semifinals, it needs all the help it can get.
Jackson knows what it takes to make a winning team, and he can help bring the necessary pieces to the organization to bring home a title.
It would be a great move for both the Clippers and Jackson. The two sides must find a way to come together at some point this offseason.
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