Legendary coach Phil Jackson seems like he’s itching to return to basketball in some capacity. He’s been interested in becoming the president of an NBA team for a while now and he even almost returned to coaching earlier this season. Though he still hasn’t joined a team in either role, he may have made a major step in that direction this week.
NBA.com is reporting that Jackson has agreed to advise the Detroit Pistons in their search for a new head coach. Although he won’t be an official or formal member of the organization’s front office, he will provide the team with his insight and wisdom as they look to replace recently fired Lawrence Frank.
“Phil Jackson is a friend and one of the best minds in the business,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said. “We are thrilled to have him as an adviser as we make some very important decisions for this franchise. (Team president) Joe (Dumars) and I discussed this and he and I are in full agreement that this is a great opportunity.”
It will be interesting to see if this position leads to something full-time for Jackson – if not with Detroit, then maybe somewhere else. The Toronto Raptors have already said they are interested in hiring Jackson for a front office position, if he is willing to listen to their pitch. Of course, if he does decide to come out of retirement, he’ll likely have several other offers to consider.