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Phil Jackson tells website he won't coach again

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The Brooklyn Nets apparently can cross Phil Jackson off the list of candidates to take over as their permanent head coach.

The legendary coach told SheridanHoops.com on Tuesday, "I have no intention of ever coaching again."

Jackson issued the brief statement to Chris Sheridan, a former ESPN and Associated Press basketball writer who now runs his own website.

According to Sheridan, Jackson didn't elaborate on his comment.

The Nets fired coach Avery Johnson last month, and Jackson's name soon surfaced as a potential replacement. Meanwhile, interim coach P.J. Carlesimo has led Brooklyn to a 6-1 record, including a 109-89 win over the 76ers on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Jackson spoke with the Los Angeles Lakers about their coaching vacancy in November after Mike Brown was fired. The Lakers ultimately hired Mike D'Antoni, drawing the ire of team legend Magic Johnson, who wanted Jackson to get the job.

Jackson, 67, led the Chicago Bulls to six championships in the 1990s, then guided the Lakers to five titles from 2000-10. He retired following the 2011 playoffs.
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