“It’s Phil,” says a league coaching source. “That’s coming straight from Russia.”
The 47-year-old Prokhorov, recently listed by Forbes as the 57th richest man in the world, is seething that the Nets, with talented ballplayers Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, have underachieved and stand at 16-15.
With Prokhorov overseeing the Nets and readily willing to spend boatloads of loot to construct a winner, Brooklyn should be a coach’s wet dream.
Accordingly, if Jackson, who captured a record 11 NBA titles on the sideline and owns the highest winning percentage of any NBA coach (.704) in history, had any testicular fortitude, he’d be headed to the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs to lead the Nets.
Regrettably, it has become evident that the “Zen Master,” who retired after the 2010-11 season due to hip problems, refuses to work without hardwood icons like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant at his disposal.
Therefore, it is somewhat difficult to evaluate Jackson’s exact level of supremacy and the former New York Knick would essentially become a part-time head coach with cushy travel restrictions in place.
Rather than leaning on a halfhearted Jackson, Prokhorov should strongly consider permanently hiring Carlesimo.
The 63-year-old Carlesimo, a two-time Big East Conference coach of the year who was named Seton Hall University’s “Coach of the Century” in 1999, is primarily recognized for getting choked by batshit crazy Golden State Warriors shooting guard Latrell Sprewell in December 1997.
Although Carlesimo has compiled a substandard 206-297 record on the bench, the native Pennsylvanian knows the game of basketball extremely well and deserves an opportunity to bring the Nets to glory.
Mikhail Prokhorov should stick with P.J. Carlesimo, tell Phil Jackson to go eat peyote, and “that’s coming straight from Russia.”by