Sam Vincent Rumors
It’s a little late in Jackson’s 11-title legacy as a coach to start proving he can make decisions better than the front-office guys he’s loathed (Jerry Krause in Chicago) or lorded it over (Jerry West and Mitch Kupchak in L.A.). Jackson, through Sam Vincent, floated the same sweetheart deal a few years ago to run the Magic, occasionally from Orlando, although it never got anywhere.
Can you elaborate on that? Rick Bonnell: Cancelling team flight when pilots said “Let’s go.” Nearly cost team $5M…. Assistants couldn’t talk to him during games…Saying Felton must be PG, then playing him 25 minutes that night at SG… Blaming a player because he wouldn’t throw a ball to Okafor (bad foul shooter) for losing a game.
The source with knowledge of Orlando’s search said that Vincent, the former Magic player and Bobcats head coach, met with Orlando CEO Alex Martins, who is heading the GM search, last Thursday. Vincent, according to the source, said he had “a big idea” and could “deliver” Jackson to Orlando. But, the Musburgers said Wednesday, Vincent hadn’t discussed the proposal with Jackson or with his agents.
The latest attempt by Sam Vincent to broker an agreement that would place Phil Jackson and Vincent in the Orlando Magic front office probably will not gain traction with team officials, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. In their search to replace Otis Smith, the Magic plan to hire someone who will be in Orlando on a full-time basis as well as someone who has experience working at the highest levels of a basketball operations department.
Sam Vincent, who played for the Bulls during Jackson’s days as an assistant in Chicago and also played for the Magic, continues to captain the cause that would have Jackson work remotely (likely from Los Angeles, where his longtime girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, remains with the Lakers) most of the time. Vincent would operate in a front-office role in the plan, while the team would be coached by a protégé (or two) of Jackson’s. And as if Jackson’s potential price tag wasn’t daunting enough (he earned $12 million in his last year with the Lakers), one of the sources said he is asking for a slice of minority ownership in the franchise as well