If Chris Hansen had been able to buy the Sacramento Kings and relocate the team to Seattle, then Phil Jackson was going to have a prominent role in the organization.
During an interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning, the NBA coaching legend with 11 championships said he had conversations with Hansen about returning basketball.
“I had an agreement with the guy that put the deal together for Seattle Chris Hansen,” Jackson said. “I thought he was dynamic. I thought he had great ideas. He went through the whole process of getting an arena. He did everything right except win the franchise.
“But his vision I could buy into. I thought he had the right vision for a team. And he made basically the offer of take what you want to take as a job. As a consultant? If you want to be an owner, be a part owner. Be a consultant? Work in the basketball operations side if you want to or coach. It didn’t matter to him. We talked about a number of things.”
Hansen had a deal to buy 65 percent of the Kings from the Maloof family for $406 million. The NBA Board of Governors voted 22-8 last week to block the move to Seattle, which prevented Hansen from purchasing the team. The Maloofs then agreed to sell the Kings to a Sacramento group led software mogul Vivek Ranadive for $347 million.
Jackson has been a hot commodity since retiring in 2011. He’s been reportedly pursued by several teams including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors.
Jackson is during a media tour to promote his latest book “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.” Last week on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” he revealed his close ties with Hansen.
Tuesday’s interview with Patrick touched on several topics including the difference between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, the dysfunction of the Lakers and the Bryant-Shaquille O’Neal feud.
Jackson said he’ll never coach again in the NBA and at the 11:55 in the video below mark he talks about his deal with Hansen.