Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
04/25/13 2:30 pm EST

Luring LeBron James back to Cleveland will no longer include Phil Jackson as the Cavaliers announced yesterday that they’ll be rehiring coach Mike Brown who previously found great coaching success with the Cavs.

Brown went 272-138 previously with the Cavs, teaming with LeBron James on a run to the NBA Finals in 2007.  He also had two seasons where he won more than 60 games in 2008-09 (66-16) and 2009-10 (61-21).

The move seems sudden for the Cavs, as just three days ago they had apparently been courting Jackson over the open job position with the team.

This leaves Jackson at the way side again, much like he was back in November when the Lakers fired Mike Brown after the teams 1-4 start to the season.  Rumors swirled at the thought of Jackson being rehired for the Lakers’ job much like his name was before Brown got the job with the Cavs, but the Lakers impatiently grabbed Mike D’Antoni instead.

If the Zen Master indeed wants to take to the sidelines one more time, which it’s been said he’s “itching” to do, then why not look at a proud organization like the Philadelphia Sixers?

I’d even take him as a GM. According to cbssports.com today, several teams have reached out to Jackson for a front office role. They said that Jackson expressed in an interview with the San Francisco chronicle that most teams have talked to him about this role over coaching.

“I’ve had some talks with people,” Jackson said, “and there are some interesting situations that are presenting themselves, but I really haven’t made up my mind yet what I’m going to do.  None of it involves coaching. … There are three or four teams that have been interested.”

Jackson said he would be interested in a developing team “where you’d have the influence in (selecting the) coaching staff and the kind of culture that goes along with it.  It goes all the way down to — not down to, but includes — trainers and the people who are doing the hands-on work with players, that have to be really embedded with how you put a team together. … The support group is important; guys who get an opportunity to hear and talk and influence the players. “It would be a real opportunity to implant the game, a culture that I believe in — that’s the intriguing part.”

So what are the chances that the red, white and blue are a team on Jackson’s radar? Were one of the phone calls Jackson speaks of from Josh Harris’ Iphone 5?

In terms of coaching vacancies there’s a few for Jackson to choose from.  The Sacramento (for the time being) Kings, Pheonix Suns, Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons and of course your 7-6 are all vacant at the moment. P.J. Carlesimo of the Brooklyn Nets is also a guy being rumored to be replaced at the end of the season.

If I’m Jackson, the Nets are top on my list for a few reasons.  They’re actually a good team, they have a brand new stadium, they’re located in biggest sports market in America, the Nets owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, is the 58th richest man in the world with an estimated $13.2 billion, and they have an exciting and growing fanbase.

It’s hard for any team to compete with that opportunity.  It’s like a football recruit visiting LSU one day, to visiting Bowling Green the next – There’s no comparison.

Yet, between the Kings, Suns, Bobcats, Pistons and Sixers you’d have to think that the Sixers should be number one.

The Sixers have a great history and strong culture.  In the 70s and 80s the teams were thought of as contenders every year.  Much like the Celtics did in 2008, with the right coach and right front office moves the Sixers could rise from bottom dwellers to contenders again. Jackson would have players to work with already.  Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young could all benefit greatly from a coach of Jackson’s caliber.

On top of that, the Sixers have a lot of financial flexibility this offseason and the next.  Jackson could help with the Andrew Bynum situation (a player he coached into what he’s become) and also give wise suggestions on who the team should get if they decide to go another route.  There’s a reason why he’s called the Zen Master.

The Kings probably have the most to offer outside of the Sixers.  They have a solid young core in DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and Jason Thompson; There’s a strong possibility they relocate to Seattle which would be very exciting for the organization; Jackson could stay on the West coast; The Maloofs also have a lot of money to throw around and by 2014-15 they’ll have a lot of it to throw around in free agency.

The Suns, Bobcats and Pistons all have pretty good young talent, but it’s going to take a while for any of them to be contenders again.  The Pistons have one of the best front court duo’s in the league with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond and a lot of financial flexibility, but then again…They play in Detroit.

Philadelphia is an attractive city for Jackson.  It doesn’t have as much to offer as New York, but compared to Sacramento/Seattle, Pheonix, Charlotte and Detroit it wins by a landslide.  The history and architecture, restaurant scene, school systems in the suburbs and close proximity to the Jersey shores are all great things.  Plus, Philadelphia fans are as passionate as they come when it comes to sports.

I think a player like Evan Turner could turn his career around with someone like Phil Jackson’s guidance.  After all, the man coached Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Kobe Bryant in their primes. He knows how to get the most out of his players.

Right now, the Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone is high on the Sixers’ list to replace Collins as head coach.  Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw is also rumored to be among the early favorites.  How much of a longshot would it be to lure in Jackson?

What does Philadunkia nation think about it?

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  1. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 15:05

    I just got off the phone with the Big Tuna and he asks, “what have the 76ers done lately that would warrant using ‘proud’ when describing the franchise?”

    The Nets are apparently extending Billie King as I type this. Not only is the team in Salary Cap Hell, they are going to lose Blatche is offseason for nothing and Humphries next year for nothing. Phil Jackson is less than 0% to end up in Brooklyn.

    Considering Andre Drummond is more valuable than the entire 76ers roster, I’d say Detroit > Philadelphia. While Detroit does suck, there are some extremely comfortable suburbs for Phil to make his home.

    Sacramento HAD the worst Coach+GM+Owners in the entire NBA and DMC with the right coach is a 20/12/3 with 3 combined STL+BLKs…… NEXT YEAR. Isaiah, Reke’, Thompson, Thornton and Cap Space to improve as well

    The Bobcats are also a better destination than Philadelphia. Michael Jordan is the owner. Kemba+MKG are a more promising duo than Jrue+Thad. They are in a better lottery position than the 76ers the next 2 years and have some other 1st rd picks coming in the future from Detroit and Portland.

    Phoenix is a better spot if only because the training staff could help keep Phil healthy and the weather is awesome.

    Evan Turner is abysmal, his only hope for success is at point guard or playing in Europe/Asia.

    As I said before, there are only a couple teams in the NBA in a worse spot than the 76ers and a coach of VALUE is going to need a 4 year guaranteed deal at minimum to even consider this wasteland of a basketball franchise.

    To answer your question: I’ve got a better chance at being the next GM of the 76ers

  2. Adam
    25. April 2013 at 15:10

    I cant picture him coaching any rebuilding team… Hes never coached a team without the best player in the world, so i cant picture him accepting a job where he is going to lose more than win for at least 2 years.

    As far as a FO job…. Has he ever built a team? As far as i can tell hes always been brought in to already built teams.

  3. MattSg
    25. April 2013 at 15:19

    Uhh …. nooo he wouldn’t even consider it ..

  4. the super villain
    25. April 2013 at 15:49

    the most irrelevant thing in the world is who coaches the sixers next year anyway.

    no one in this draft is an obvious hall of famer, but they may be some in next years draft.

    the 2013-14 sixers just need to try to develop some young guys and make sure they have the most ping pong balls.

    i hope dee lynam coaches them next year.

  5. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 16:15

    The Super Villain,

    If Dei Lynam was the coach, who would talk about Evan Turner’s “length and athleticism” in the pregame show?

  6. Tom
    25. April 2013 at 17:48

    And I thought that Steve was the only troll writer at Philadunkia….

  7. Matt
    25. April 2013 at 19:02

    Once again little Stevie talking out his ass. Really, you think the weather in Phoenix is awesome? Have you been there? The summer hits 115-120 easily. In the morning during the summer it’s 85 degrees already. I’ve lived in Philly, Miami, Phoenix, and now San Antonio. Weather wise Miami>Philly>SA>PHX

  8. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 20:24


    Nobody cares about where you have lived. Do you happen to know when the NBA season starts and ends?

  9. Wang
    25. April 2013 at 20:25

    Sorry, the whole blog needs to maintain the basic sanity.

  10. Matt
    25. April 2013 at 23:30

    Steve, again you show your idiocy. Phil Jackson has 11 rings, you retard! That means if he coaches well and his team plays well with a chance to win it all, he’ll play into June. So his season is October (average hi of 90) through June, which has an average hi of 105. So again, yes, I know when the nba season starts and end. Apparently you don’t and you nothing about Phoenix or basketball.

    If you think 105 degree weather is “awesome” as you say, then it shows you don’t know jack.

    Next time, know what you’re talking about if you want to come at me. Stop with this weak garbage you spew. Ok little Stevie trolly?

    And also, you pathetic loser self has no chance of being a gm anywhere or in any position with a basketball team.

  11. Steve Toll
    26. April 2013 at 00:11

    I like turtles.

  12. Steve Toll
    26. April 2013 at 10:24


    You are a petulant child. There is a reason that the Phoenix is one of the fast growing cities in the US and the weather is certainly related to that growth, unless the people at Forbes are wrong,

    Yes it gets very hot in June, so what? NBA practices and games are held indoors from what I have read on the Internet. This link shows that on average throughout the NBA season, the weather in Phoenix is AWESOME; http://phoenix.about.com/od/weather/a/averagetemps.htm

    How much time would Phil Jackson spend in the summer in Phoenix? I also notice you didn’t dispute my point about the training staff.

    I may never have an NBA GM gig, but that is ok. Just Hearing someone call me a ‘ pathetic loser’ after that same person decides to pick a fight and make an incorrect argument about the weather in Phoenix as it pertains to Phil Jackson and the NBA season is enough to justify my existence.

    On a personal note, as relatives to the Dinosaur, I am quite afraid of Turtles

  13. ms. haygood
    26. April 2013 at 13:33

    I’ve read these quotes from Phil and from my understanding he wants to build a team from the ground up, so why wouldn’t Philadelphia be an ideal candidate for that. Phil says he wants the opportunity to hire the coach, scouts, trainers and everything that goes along with building an organization, so again, why not Philly? If I was Harris I would give Phil a call and allow him to clean house.

    and on another note, hopefully the only thing that Collins and Thorn are consulting Harris about is his neckwear.

  14. Steve Toll
    26. April 2013 at 14:19

    Ms. Haygood,

    A basic understanding of the new CBA would lead you (or anyone) to realize how screwed the 76ers are moving forward without a miracle

  15. Jon
    26. April 2013 at 14:44

    Obviously this is a long shot but it’s still good to talk about.

  16. Toll is a tool
    26. April 2013 at 17:22

    “Considering Andre Drummond is more valuable than the entire 76ers roster, I’d say Detroit > Philadelphia. While Detroit does suck, there are some extremely comfortable suburbs for Phil to make his home.”

    Jrue Holiday will be better long term than Drummond.

    Have you ever seen the wealth on the mainline? Phil would be fine in Philadelphia.

  17. Steve Toll
    26. April 2013 at 18:14

    Toll is a tool,

    You are literally the only person in the known universe who thinks that Jrue Holiday will be better than Andre Drummond long term.

    Here be a link in case you still confused

    I reside in the basement of my parents manor in the mainline. Phil is never coming here, Philly is in one of the worst positions of any team in the NbA

  18. Jon
    26. April 2013 at 22:48

    Steve, but if Phil wants to build a team from the ground up the place would be in a city like Philly where the team is in dire straights. That would only add to his legacy.

  19. Steve Toll
    27. April 2013 at 13:20


    The 76ers don’t have the piece to build from the ground up, unless Phil is ok with a job that will take 10 years for a chance at a championship

  20. Jon
    27. April 2013 at 21:36

    Steve, well now were arguing the level of players on this team specifically jrue holiday, which I’ve already discussed in detail with you so we’ll just agree to disagree.

  21. Alex
    28. April 2013 at 00:08

    I would like to offer you a job as an statistician for
    $25K a year. Deal? I think you have a bright future in my firm than With Basketball where you still be living in daddy’s basement.

  22. Matt
    28. April 2013 at 10:27

    Steve said

    “I also notice you didn’t dispute my point about the training staff”

    What does that have to do with my statement about the Phoenix weather? Nothing. I’m not debating the training staff. It’s common knowledge they have an excellent staff, trolly.

    Lol keep whining Stevie. It just makes me smile at how upset you are. Another reason Phoenix is growing, which is the MAIN reason, is because its cheap to live there. It’s the cheapest major city.

  23. Jon
    29. April 2013 at 12:43

    Matt stop being a tool, you’re arguing weather.

  24. Steve Toll
    29. April 2013 at 16:28


    How many hours per week?

  25. Matt
    29. April 2013 at 22:51

    Jon, I’ll stop with pointless arguments when Steve does.

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