Lakers coach Phil Jackson backed up the Bulls when it comes to loyalty. Before Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday, he talked about Dwyane Wade questioning why Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are not involved with the organization.
“(Wade) made a statement about the Bulls not being loyal,” Jackson told NBA Fanhouse. “However, he forgot there are about six or seven people there still with the Bulls like Bill Wennington and Stacey King and John Paxson and on and on, Pete Myers and so forth and so on. But I guess he was looking at Pippen and Jordan. I guess that was just the front of the Bulls.”
Jackson also emphasized that he does not want to be considered a candidate for the vacant Bulls coaching job.
“There’s so much energy in Chicago because of my past with them that it’s like it’s almost unfair to them as an organization to keep that hanging out there,” he said. “So I don’t want to do that.”
Meanwhile, the Newark Star-Ledger reported that Jackson did contact the Bulls recently – to recommend Lakers assistant Brian Shaw. As of now, Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau and ex-Portland and Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks are the leaders.