NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson says “there might be” an NBA job that would lure him out of retirement.
The 11-time NBA champion coach tells HBO’s “Real Sports” that the Knicks and Magic openings this offseason were not the positions to bring him back to the bench. In an interview scheduled to air Tuesday night, Jackson confirms he wasn’t contacted by New York, where he started his playing career. But he says “I wasn’t going to take the job, that’s for sure.”
Jackson calls the Knicks’ roster “clumsy” because their players “don’t fit well together.” He says he wasn’t interested in Orlando because it’s too far from his Montana home.
The 66-year-old says he’s feeling better physically after knee replacement surgery. Jackson resigned from the Lakers for the second time after last season.