Our buddy Alex Kennedy of Hoops World, brought up an interesting proposition. If legendary coach Phil Jackson wants to return to coaching, the Orlando Magic could be an attractive option.
If Stan Van Gundy is fired, the Orlando Magic is also an intriguing potential landing spot for Jackson. The Magic are desperate to keep Dwight Howard and hiring Jackson would show that they’re serious about contending. Jackson brings instant credibility to the Magic and Howard would have a much harder time explaining his decision to leave if the organization was able to deliver Jackson after his repeated cries for help. Jackson has expressed interest in coaching Howard and the center would love to play for the legendary coach, according to sources close to the situation.
Jackson has coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and is 1155-485 (.704), has a playoff record of 229-104 (.688) and has captured 11 championships. Jackson retired after the Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks, who eventually won the NBA title, during the 2011 postseason.
Jackson has back issues and would probably command at least $10 million per season (Stan Van Gundy currently makes about $4.3 million).
Clearly, this appears to be a long shot, but Jackson has been outspoken about Howard, even saying he’d rather build his team around the Orlando Center more than any other player in the league.
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