A source tells the New York Post that Phil Jackson is not interested in the Nets' coaching vacancy.
In fact, the Post's source says Jackson is not interested in returning to coaching at all. We're not buying that, however, because the Zen Master did consider the Lakers' job when Mike Brown was fired five games into the season. Still, the most likely destination for Jackson is a Pat Riley role with a franchise of his choosing. He reportedly wants to oversee basketball operations, managing both the coaching staff and the players without the day-to-day hassles of coaching.
Kobe Bryant (Achilles) is now able to stand on his left foot without a walking boot.
Bryant is updating his fans on his rehab via Instagram. It's been only 24 days since he was slapped with a 6-9 month timetable following surgery. Bryant is still expected to use the walking boot to get around for at least another month.
The Brooklyn Nets have contacted Phil Jackson regarding the team's head coaching vacancy, a source told ESPN's Chris Broussard.
It's important to distinguish that reaching out to a person and that person having interest in the job are two separate things, but GM Billy King is apparently a man of his word after he said he'd talk to Jackson. Per Broussard, King understands that Jackson "is not likely to come to Brooklyn to coach, but he is open to bringing Jackson into the front office." Beyond Jackson, the source told ESPN that the Nets have Larry Brown and Brian Shaw on their radar, while Nate McMillan and both Van Gundy brothers are reportedly not in consideration.
The Lakers' "Plan A" this summer is to keep Pau Gasol and maintain the core of their current roster, according to Mark Heisler.
Gasol has an expiring $19.3 million contract which the Lakers were widely expected to shop around, but it's anybody's guess how L.A.'s summer will play out. Kobe is recovering from Achilles surgery, Metta World Peace has a $7.7 million early-termination option, and three key frontcourt players are heading into unrestricted free agency -- Dwight Howard, Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison.
Phil Jackson is unlikely to work the Clippers because of his relationship with Lakers executive Jeanie Buss, a source told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles.
For one, the Clippers have yet to part ways with coach Vinny Del Negro after they were eliminated from the playoffs Friday night. Even if there were an opening as coach or in the front office, the source told Shelburne the Jackson-Buss relationship would make things "too creepy" to consider hiring Jackson. Jackson's name has been linked with potential openings in Toronto and Brooklyn so far, with the former in heavy pursuit of the former Lakers coach.
Antawn Jamison finally had his exit interview with GM Mitch Kupchak on Thursday, a source told ESPN Los Angeles.
No matter how it's spun publicly, Jamison won't be back with the Lakers next season. He clashed with Mike D'Antoni, never lived up to the hype and averaged a measly 9.4 points.
Mike D'Antoni is actively looking to hire a defensive assistant coach to his staff for next season, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
It's not exactly a secret that defense isn't D'Antoni's forte. He did a similar thing before his final season in New York, adding former Hawks coach Mike Woodson to his staff in a defensive coordinator role. Of course, we all know how that worked out. Berger reports D'Antoni's first choice is former Blazers coach Nate McMillian, but McMillan is expected to land a head coaching job this offseason. Berger also mentions Alvin Gentry as an option, according to league sources.