As Phil Jackson continues a tour to promote his new book, “11 Rings,” he keeps making it sound as if Chris Hansen would have let him run the Sonics franchise, were Hansen to have sprung the Kings from Sacramaento.
On the “Dan Patrick Show” Tuesday, Jackson reiterated his interest, this time saying had a deal, and seem to be very impressed with Hansen.
“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.”
Hansen, the Seattle native and hedge fund manager, offered $625 million buy the Kings, but NBA owners, by a vote of 22-8 heavily influenced by commissioner David Stern, thwarted the Jackson-Hansen partnership by denying relocation.
“But his vision I could buy into,” Jackson said. “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 . . . 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.”
The portion of the video interview addressing his interest in Seattle begins at about the 11:45 mark.