I would assume Sacramento Charlotte Brooklyn
I'm guessing that the author had a minimum number of words that they needed to fill as they decided to extend the list fairly far, but either way, here is the order as they listed it:
11) New York
I mainly posted it not due to anything groundbreaking, but mainly as it seems momentum is gaining despite the metaphor that says Phil would never consider the Raptors.
I particularly love reading about Jackson's true appreciation for Alex MeKechnie. For some reason that just warms my heart! I would love it if the penny-pinching the Lakers did during the lock-out (releasing MeKechnie to save a few dollars) not only leads Alex to the Raptors, but helps bring Jackson here as well.
- several good young players
- assuming 2013 1st round pick goes to OKC, they have full compliment of 1st round picks moving forward
- lots of expiring contract $$ over the next couple seasons
- amnesty still in play (Kleiza or Bargnani)
- team/ownership that is real about wanting to build a conteder, with deep pockets and willingness to spend
- passionate fan base in a sports-crazed city, with an entire country supporting Canada's team
- ability to pick his own GM and head coach
- of all the teams in that list, only Phoenix and the 3 California teams have better climates than Toronto (to somewhat help put that rumor to rest)
It may be a long shot, but why not? We do need to start thinking of the Raptors as a top-tier team... the culture/outlook change needs to include the fans too. The new President of MLSE and Phil Jackson as Raptors President would certainly go a long way toward establishing the credibilty of the Raptors franchise in the eyes of American basketball media/experts/players, etc...
Can these kind of signings be made now or does it have to happen after the playoffs are over?
So whats plan B???
Phil is with the Pistons as an advisor
He's going to be an advisor for the piston's.
Just posted this in the Phil for prez thread but cooool people have to know anyway I guess Raps were never really on his "list" Show us what you got Leiweke!
From reading that article, I get the impression his position with the Pistons is strictly as a consultant in regards to them hiring a new coach. I'm not sure its a permanent position.
This isn't like Flip Saunders new deal in Minnesota, where he assumes a minority Ownership role.
Jackson is just a consultant for the Pistons.
June 30th is when Leiwke assumes his position right? that week Im expecting some good Rap news. I dont think anything will be happening till around Canada day.
The article only mentions head coach search, so that will only last a handful of weeks at most. You guys can still keep your hopes up (lol)
This confirms to me that Phil Jackson has essentially agreed to a position with the Raptors. It creates a smokescreen which deflects additional deals, gives Jackson a payday while keeping his name in the news and just adds to his credibility when the Pistons choose their next great coach. Clearly a mastermind move by Leiweke to muddy the waters while he and Jackson work out the final details of Phils contract with MLSE. Book it!
Detroit? What? Why?
Totally baffled by this development.
I feel Detroit asked him to be a coach, he said no (probably has other plans.. Raptors?), and they responded 'well at least help us find one?'
He is not committed in any way shape or form. He is helping them to find a coach to suit their team. Thats it!
I actually think the fact that he is only advising for them a good sign that he is thinking seriously about joining the Raptors.
Taking a look at that list, the Raptors have a much more favorable situation than the top 5 likely choices.
I am starting to get excited.