Forgetting about Phil Jackson, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov needs to seek an individual committed to Brooklyn


If snubbed by Phil Jackson, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov should consider cheering.

Days after clipping interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo, Nets management is reportedly determined to lure Phil Jackson to lead the team in Brooklyn.

The 63-year-old Carlesimo, who helped guide the Nets (49-33) to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and their first postseason appearance since the 2006-07 campaign, was fired on May 5 following Brooklyn’s loss in the first round of the playoffs to the gritty Chicago Bulls.

Predictably, because Jackson refuses to work without hardwood icons Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal or Kobe Bryant at his disposal, the “Zen Master” claims to be uninterested in returning to the bench.

Rather than teaching basketball, Jackson desires a management role similar to the one Pat Riley has with the Miami Heat or Larry Bird had as an Indiana Pacer.

As a Hall of Famer, Jackson obviously possesses a great hoops mind.

Nevertheless, for the betterment of the organization, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov should let Jackson remain in Del Boca Vista and aggressively seek a more suitable, long-term replacement.

Recently listed by Forbes as the 69th richest person in the world, the 47-year-old Prokhorov has the funds to entice virtually any available coach to the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs.

Plus, with talented ballplayers Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, the Nets certainly have the potential to become an elite squad.

Henceforth, instead of fantasizing about Phil Jackson, Mikhail Prokhorov needs to pursue an individual committed to bringing excellence to the Brooklyn Nets.

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