Phil Jackson was a Jersey guy
As the Nets prepare to conclude their 35-season stay in New Jersey Monday en route back to the elongated island where they belong, I looked back at their history of announcers there. It is as colorful as you would expect.
Among those on the list is Leandra Reilly (now of MSG Varsity), who in 1988 became the first female play-by-play announcer for an NBA game, and, yup, John Sterling.
But this name jumped out: Phil Jackson! The big guy worked as a Nets TV analyst in 1981-82, Larry Brown’s first year as head coach and the team’s first season at the arena currently known as the Izod Center.
The Nets enjoyed their first winning season in six attempts as an NBA franchise, winning 44 games after managing only 24 the year before.
The next year Jackson was off to Albany to coach the CBA’s Patroons, taking over during the season from another former Knick, Dean Meminger. The rest is coaching history.