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Report: Phil Jackson only name on Nets' list

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09:30 AM ET 12.30 | The Nets have firmly targeted Phil Jackson -- the man with the 11 championship rings, the Zen maxims and the geometric offense -- to replace the recently fired Avery Johnson. No deal is imminent, no formal discussions have taken place, and it is not even clear that Jackson wants the job. But the search will start with Jackson and only Jackson, according to multiple people monitoring the process.

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December 30, 2012  09:57 AM ET

So when the Zen Master tells them NO, what do they do then? They pretty much told every other coach that they're not interested. Bad plan, very bad plan.

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December 30, 2012  10:12 AM ET

There are no Michael Jordans, Scottie Pippins, Kobe Bryants or Shaquille O'neals on the Nets. He'll pass.

December 30, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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Maybe nobody wants to coach D-Will any more.

Oh no we agree on something finally!

December 30, 2012  10:30 AM ET

Are You Up To The Challenge, Bro?

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December 30, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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There are no Michael Jordans, Scottie Pippins, Kobe Bryants or Shaquille O'neals on the Nets. He'll pass.

But they got Joe Johnson and Marshan Brooks LOL

December 30, 2012  10:56 AM ET

But in all seriousness, if Nets pay him like $12M per year and give him power over personnel, PJ will coach. The man needs money and ego satisfaction. Just feed the big dawg bros.

December 30, 2012  10:58 AM ET
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So when the Zen Master tells them NO, what do they do then? They pretty much told every other coach that they're not interested. Bad plan, very bad plan.

I think they'll give him a 15-20 million dollar a year contract.

Wait and see.

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December 30, 2012  11:06 AM ET

They need a pick'n roll coach so D-Will can be he's old self. This team it's better than this and with Williams having a bad shooting season The Nets won't be contenders again.

December 30, 2012  11:55 AM ET

I have a feeling that the Nets owner will do anything to get his guy.

Do not put it past him to hire Jackson.

Jackson would be a huge lift to that team for sure.

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December 30, 2012  11:57 AM ET

What can he possibly do? Bring people in the seats? Third place in the east (not)? Cut their luxury tax bill? or E none of the above?

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December 30, 2012  01:49 PM ET

Jackson is only good when he has a Jordan or whatsitname in LA. No big star - no Jacson. Nets find someone that will help you, like Atilla the Hun....

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