The Chicago Bulls have reached out to Phil Jackson to gauge his
interest in returning to the franchise he coached during the 1990s,
according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
There has been no direct contact between Bulls officials and
Jackson, according to the sources, but people close to both parties
have spoken and come away with the belief that Jackson would be open to
a potential reunion in Chicago next season.
Sure it's a long shot, but if the Bulls offer up Jackson, the odds of LeBron coming to Chicago have to sky rocket don't they?
Watching the pieces this off-season is a crazy experience, the amount of dominoes in play is staggering, and trying to figure out which ones knock down the others is interesting.
Does Jackson -> Chicago lead to LeBron -> Chicago which leads Bosh -> Chicago which leads to a dynasty? If so, you can understand why the Bulls would spend 12+ million a year on Jackson. He could be the gatekeeper to all the talent this summer regardless of the fact that he's also a great coach.
Does Bosh -> New York lead to LeBron -> New York? What if Jackson goes to Chicago and Bosh to NY? Would Jackson to Chicago simply make this his number one choice?
Which also brings up the question, if Jackson holds so much sway, why isn't NY paying him 20 million a season to come there next season, of course, that may sound ridiculous, but for a franchise that once was paying out 200 million in payroll for a 30 win season, dropping 60 million on Jackson for a three year deal and eating whatever is left on D'Antoni's contract is chump change if it lands Bosh/LeBron and sets you up for greatness.
Either way, the more I consider Mr. Broussard, the more I think he's either:
1) A crazy optimistic closet Bulls fan [okay perhaps not even in the closet]
2) God's personal messenger to Bulls fans
3) A sadistic Knicks fan sent to get my hopes up only to crush them later
The Jackson rumors have been floated by multiple sources, so I believe there's some truth to them. On the surface it feels unlikely that Jackson leaves LA. However, Jackson's legacy grows considerably by winning with a fourth distinct cast. If a LeBron, Rose, Bosh, Noah core awaits him, then I think odds of him jumping are fairly high.
The problem is, like all things this off-season, so much of this is chicken and egg.
If Bosh, LeBron, or Jackson come to Chicago it massively enhances the odds of all three. However, getting the first one to commit is the hard part. Of those pieces, Jackson gives the least value to the team if they fail to acquire the other pieces. LeBron without Jackson/Bosh is still damn valuable, Bosh without LeBron/Jackson is still damn valuable. Jackson without LeBron/Bosh? Well we'd have a great coaching staff, but I don't see it adding 15 wins.