Report: In addition to Jerry Sloan, Trail Blazers went after Phil Jackson

Saturday July 14th, 2012

Jerry Sloan interviewed with Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey for the team's head coaching job on Wednesday but took himself out of the running on Thursday.

Now Chris Haynes of reports that the Blazers had back-and-forth conversations with Phil Jackson for the last few months trying to convince him to take the head coaching job. But last week Jackson's agent called the team and said that Jackson had decided not to coach this season.

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