HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — The Portland Trail Blazers need a head coach. And apparently, their search starts at the top.
Chris B. Haynes of CSNNW.com reports that new Blazers GM Neil Olshey has been swinging for the fences in his search for a new coach.
The Portland Trail Blazers attempted to snag former Utah Jazz coach, Jerry Sloan, out of retirement this week by formally offering him their head coach position in Salt Lake City.
Sloan later turned down the offer, but that wasn’t the Trail Blazers first big swing.
For the last few months, the Trail Blazers have been in back-and-forth discussions with Phil Jackson in an attempt to persuade him to take their head coaching vacancy, a close source said.
Hey, there’s no harm in asking, right? The worst thing that can happen is they say “No.” And it’s not like other coaching candidates are going to be offended that you went after a pair of Hall of Famers first.
The Oregonian reports that Olshey will now conduct interviews with several candidates at the Las Vegas Summer League. Kaleb Canales, who took over for the fired Nate McMillan in March, is still a candidate to be given the job full-time.