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Sports Reporters Debate Possibility Of Phil Jackson Taking On Role Of Raptors President
Published May 2, 2013
SOMETHING GOOD? ESPN's Dan Le Batard said Jackson "is old now." Le Batard: "He doesn't want to coach necessarily the team, he can be president. But if he's going to be president, he wants it to be of a good team and he prefer that it be in the United States" ("Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable," ESPN2, 4/30). ESPN's Ryen Russillo said of Jackson, "He can go to Toronto where a guy running all of their sports organizations is a guy that he's had a close relationship with." Russillo added, "If there's no other opportunity out there for him, he's 67, he's bored, he wants to be around basketball, go ahead and take the Raptors gig if he's committed" ("SportsNation," ESPN2, 4/30). Comcast SportsNet Chicago's David Kaplan said of Jackson possibly going to the Clippers, "If you're the owner of the Clippers and you've taken a beating for so many years, Donald Sterling, and you've always been criticized, if you walked up to Phil and said, 'Blank check, my friend. Fill it in, you're running the whole deal.'" ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg: "Has Donald Sterling ever written a blank check?" ("Sports Talk Live," CSN Chicago, 4/30).