Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Agent: Jackson won't interview with Sixers

Mark Jackson, the former NBA point guard and current ESPN analyst, has decided to decline an opportunity to interview for the 76ers’ coaching job.

Agent: Jackson won't interview with Sixers

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Former NBA point guard and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson has declined an interview for the Sixers coaching job. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
Former NBA point guard and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson has declined an interview for the Sixers coaching job. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Mark Jackson, the former NBA point guard and current ESPN analyst, has decided to decline an opportunity to interview for the 76ers’ coaching job.

"It’s just not the right situation for him at this time,’’ was all that was offered by Steve Kauffman, Jackson’s agent.

The Sixers had been trying to schedule a meeting with Jackson, but Jackson sent word Tuesday that he was trying to determine whether he wanted to proceed. He informed Kauffman today of his decision. He is expected to interview for the New Orleans Hornets job, and is hopeful of being contacted by the Los Angeles Clippers and possibly the New Jersey Nets.

Jackson appeared in 1,296 regular-season games before retiring after the 2003-04 season, but has never coached. He was a first-round draft choice of the New York Knicks in 1987, and later logged time with the Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz.

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The Sixers, meanwhile, are in the process of scheduling a meeting with former Sixer Monty Williams, who has spent the last five seasons as an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers. He interviewed last year for the Minnesota Timberwolves job that eventually went to Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis.

To this point, the Sixers are known to have met with former Sixers star and current TNT analyst Doug Collins and with former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson.

 

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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