Tuesday , Jun , 09 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson Not Interested in Olympic Gig

Several years ago, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was working with USA Basketball and asked Jackson if he wanted to be part of the U.S. staff.

Jackson turned him down flat.

“It’s something I’ve never desired to do,” he said. “I was asked by the Canadians if I’d like to coach their Olympic team. Steve Nash(notes) wasn’t a mature enough player yet, so I had to turn that one down.”

Nash captained Canada’s team in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The point guard stopped playing for the national team after signing with the Phoenix Suns in 2004.