If the Sacramento Kings relocated to Seattle, Phil Jackson says he would have been part of a new Sonics organization.
Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, the former Bulls and Lakers head coach said he had an agreement with prospective Sonics owner Chris Hansen to head to the Pacific Northwest. Jackson told Patrick that Hansen’s vision for the franchise was something he could “buy into.”
“I thought he was dynamic,” Jackson said. “I thought he had great ideas. He went through the whole process of getting an arena.
“He did everything right except win the franchise.”
Jackson said that Hansen offered him whatever role he wanted with the Sonics. From consultant, part-ownership or even a return to the sidelines, anything was up for grabs for the winningest coach in NBA history if he decided to join the Sonics.
“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,” Jackson said. “I mean, it didn’t matter to him.”
Hansen had a deal to purchase controlling interest of the Kings from the Maloof family for approximately $406 million. That deal died last week after the NBA’s board of governors voted 22-8 to block the franchise’s move to Seattle. The Maloofs then agreed to sell the Kings to the ownership group led by TIBCO founder Vivek Ranadivé at a $535-million valuation of the franchise.
Now that the Kings are staying in Sacramento, Jackson suggested that he doesn’t have interest in coming to the capital city. In an appearance on the Tonight Show on NBC last Thursday, Jackson told Jay Leno that he wouldn’t “be doing the job in Sacramento”.
“I like Sacramento,” Jackson said. “Well, not that much.”
You can see Jackson’s comments to Dan Patrick in the video below at the 11:55 mark.
Updated at 3:51 pm.