NBA.com’s David Aldridge has the scoop on the Phil Jackson rumors.
“One, Phil never voiced any interest in Orlando,” Todd Musburger said “never had us check it out, never checked it out himself. Two, Orlando never called.”
Brian Musburger said Wednesday that the 66-year-old Jackson was interested in a “hybrid” management role — a Pat Riley-Tex Winter combination,” Musburger said — that would make Jackson the head of basketball operations and give Jackson authority over the entire organization, including picking the next coach. (That coach would run Jackson’s beloved triangle offense.)
You can read the full story from Alrdidge here.
This of course, disputes some of what Sam Vincent told Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel last week. In the story, Aldridge does say that Vincent met with Magic CEO Alex Martins Thursday, but had yet to discuss the plan with Jackson or his agents, Todd and Brian Musberger.
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