Apparently, the rumors of Phil Jackson’s interest in the Orlando Magic had some legs. Although Jackson wouldn’t have been the Head Coach of the team, he would have been involved in the front office.
Magic CEO Alex Martins was formally presented on Wednesday with a scenario involving Jackson by Sam Vincent, who played for the Magic and Jackson.
“It drew some interest from Phil,” Vincent said. “But in the end, Phil decided to go with another opportunity.”
Jackson is apparently headed back to the NBA in some capacity, but he pulled out here before Martins had a chance to run it by owner Rich DeVos. Martins learned of Jackson’s exit Thursday, but would not comment.
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel has the full story here.
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