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Source: Nets contact Jackson about vacancy

05/07 9:47 AM

Phil Jackson's name tops the list of coaching candidates for the Brooklyn Nets, according to a source.

The Brooklyn Nets have contacted Phil Jackson about replacing fired coach P.J. Carlesimo, according to a source.

After Jackson, the source says the list of current Nets candidates consists of Larry Brown and Brian Shaw.

Neither Nate McMillan nor brothers Jeff and Stan Van Gundy are on the list, the source said. That could change if the Nets fail to land one of their top three choices.

Boston coach Doc Rivers would interest the Nets should the Celtics agree to let him out of his current contract, the source said. Jerry Sloan, whom star point guard Deron Williams recently endorsed, is a long-shot candidate.

Nets general manager Billy King said Sunday that he would make a call to Jackson, the league's all-time coaching leader with 11 titles. Jackson has reportedly voiced interest in a position similar to the Heat's Pat Riley, who as president has control over most of basketball operations. According to the source, King understands that Jackson is not likely to come to Brooklyn just to coach, but he is open to Jackson having a role in the front office.

Jackson could perhaps join the Nets as the team's president while also getting a slice of ownership. The Nets don't currently have a president of basketball operations, and it's not clear how that role would fit with King's.

NBA.com first reported the Nets had reached out to Jackson regarding their coaching job.

Jackson, who coached Shaw with the Los Angeles Lakers, is known to Shaw, who is the lead assistant to the Pacers' Frank Vogel, has a bright coaching future ahead of him. Shaw would then likely be a Nets coaching candidate if Jackson joined the team's front office. But another source told ESPN.com that no teams have contacted Shaw or scheduled interviews yet. His primary focus remains on the Pacers' playoff run, the source said.

Brown, who currently coache SMU, has a successful and well-known history with King. The two worked together for six years in Philadelphia during the Allen Iverson era, leading the Sixers to the NBA Finals in 2001.

The New York Daily News, meanwhile, reported that Brooklyn native Mike Dunleavy, who most recently was coach and GM of the Clippers in 2010, also is a candidate due to his strong relationship with King.

Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne contributed to this article.


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