Appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday night, legendary coach Phil Jackson, 67, confirmed earlier reports that he talked about working with Chris Hansen if he brought the Kings to Seattle. The 11-time champion, who hasn’t coached since 2011, was interested in a top executive job.“You know, I had communication with (Hansen). It was serious talk. I thought he was a really good guy for the league; I thought he was going to be really terrific,” Jackson said. “I thought Seattle’s a terrific town to have a basketball team. They lost one, unfortunately. They wanted one back. Didn’t work out.”
Jackson has turned down offers for executive positions and was holding off on other possibilities until the NBA Board of Governors turned down Hansen’s bid to relocate the Kings to Seattle. The team is in the process of being sold by the Maloof family for $535 million to a Sacramento group led by tech billionaire Vivek Ranadive.
Jackson begins talking about his Hansen conversation around the four-minute mark of the accompanying 10-minute video.