"...The Los Angeles Lakers coach addressed two reports by ESPN that the Bulls and Nets have worked through back channels to gauge his interest, saying those channels haven’t reached him.Big Chief Triangle is the wild card for me. The Lakers should be focused more on trying to win game 4 and another title. Interesting Jackson chooses to talk about this right now...If Jax goes to Newark with Lebron and Prokhorov, I'm making Evan Roberts finish a bottle of Stoli with me.
Jackson, who has coached teams to 10 NBA titles, is on the final year of his contract with the Lakers and has said there was “a 90 percent” chance he would either return to the team for an 11th season or would retire.
His comment on the Nets referred to the billionaire new owner of the franchise, Russian Mikhail Prokhorov.
“I’d like to have a, you know, vodka with him at some point,” Jackson said. “He seems like a very interesting young man.”
When someone pointed out that the Nets won 12 games this season, 45 fewer than his Lakers, Jackson said, “I’ve never lived in Brooklyn, or Newark, so.” He didn’t end the sentence.
Pressed to say that it would be the Lakers or nothing next season, the 64-year-old Jackson said, “I have trouble making commitments,” a response that drew a big laugh from reporters at the coach’s pregame news conference before the Lakers met the Phoenix Suns in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
He added, though, that “the probabilities are great” that he would coach the Lakers if he coaches at all.
Jackson’s coaching future is a subplot to the high-stakes competition to lure free agent LeBron James(notes). There is no doubt that Jackson as coach would be a significant lure for the NBA’s MVP, especially combined with the big money Prokhorov brings..."
Either way it appears Jax won' be going back to LA if he has to take a pay cut.