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Report: Nets want Phil Jackson

 
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The Nets were thinking big when they moved to Brooklyn and acquired a host of high-priced stars to rival the Knicks for New York supremacy.

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Now, after firing coach Avery Johnson when the team sank into a slump, the Nets may be shooting for the stars again.

Phil Jackson is the top target of the Nets' coaching search, according to a report by ESPN's Marc Stein and Chris Broussard.

Jackson's agent, Todd Musburger, told TNT's David Aldridge that his client has "no interest in the Nets' job at this time." But, according to the report, the Nets still hope to sway him, and an ESPN source says Jackson would listen because his interest in coaching was rekindled when the Lakers approached him after firing Mike Brown in November.

Jackson, who coached the Lakers to five titles and the Bulls to six, reacted  with surprise and some disappointment when the Lakers unexpectedly hired Mike D'Antoni in November.

P.J. Carlesimo was named Brooklyn's interim coach Thursday and was told by GM Billy King to approach the job "like he's going to coach the team for the next 10 years."

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