Phil Jackson turns down Blazers head coaching offer; interest in more?

Phil Jackson turns down Blazers head coaching offer; interest in more?
July 13, 2012, 10:05 pm
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ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)

ThePortland Trail Blazers attempted to snag former Utah Jazz coach,Jerry Sloan, out of retirement this week by formally offering himtheir head coach position in Salt Lake City.

Sloan later turned downthe offer, but that wasn't the Trail Blazers first big swing at a Hall-of-Fame coach.

Forthe last few months, the Trail Blazers have been in back-and-forthdiscussions with Phil Jackson in an attempt to persuade him to taketheir head coaching vacancy, a close source said.Last week, Jackson's agent, Todd Musburger, informed the Trail Blazersthat Jackson was flattered, but has decided he would not coachthis upcoming season.

Trail Blazers general manager, Neil Olshey,confirmed that the organization did chase Jackson, but wouldn'tcomment further on the matter. However he did have this to say, He(Phil Jackson) decided it wasn't time.

Jackson,66, was rumored to have been close to accepting the Orlando Magic'sgeneral manager position but did not take that position, as well.

TheZen Master coached 11 NBA Championship teams (Chicago Bulls and LosAngeles Lakers), was the All-Star Game coach four times, and won theNBA Coach of the Year Award once in 1996.