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Jackson, Jordan Discussed Coaching

May 6, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ Phil Jackson’s special relationship with Michael Jordan hasn’t changed just because the two don’t work together anymore.

Jackson said Wednesday he’s talked to Jordan about the possibility of his former star player buying part of the Charlotte Hornets and becoming an NBA owner.

``I talked to Michael a couple of times about his chances and about the negotiations. I’m very supportive of him getting involved and hope that it works out for him,″ Jackson said.

And yes, they did talk about the possibility of Jordan hiring Jackson as his coach.

``We discussed that as kind of an outside possibility, but there was really nothing concrete talked about,″ he said. ``And I really support the fact Paul Silas is a guy who deserves the chance, and would be a good choice and has indeed proved to have done a good job.″

Silas, an assistant, became the interim coach when Dave Cowens resigned in early March. Jordan and current owner George Shinn reportedly have agreed that if Jordan becomes co-owner of the Hornets, Silas would be kept as coach.

Jordan wasn’t present for Wednesday’s halftime ceremony honoring Jackson, although he did send a videotaped message. Jackson said he talked to Jordan on Tuesday and understands why Jordan couldn’t be there.

``If it wasn’t for the fact that I had to be here this year, it’s more than likely I wouldn’t be at an NBA game,″ Jackson said. ``I’m happy that he was able to make a videotape and do what he could do to make this night as special as possible.″

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