Rick Bowmer / Associated Press file, 2011

Phil Jackson said he would have worked for Chris Hansen if Hansen had been allowed to purchase the Kings and move them to Seattle.

Think Kings fans hate Jackson now?

Published: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 - 7:33 pm

If the thought of having their team renamed the SuperSonics and watching them play in Seattle wasn't upsetting enough for Kings fans, it could have been worse.

Now imagine them being coached by Phil Jackson.

In an interview Tuesday morning on the "Dan Patrick Show," the former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach said he would have had his pick of jobs if the franchise had been sold to Chris Hansen's investment group and relocated to Seattle.

"I had an agreement with the guy that put the deal together for Seattle, Chris Hansen," Jackson said. "I thought he was dynamic. I thought he had great ideas. He went through the whole process of getting an arena. He did everything right except win the franchise."

The NBA's board of governors last week voted against the Kings moving to Seattle, paving the way for Vivek Ranadive's investment team to purchase the team and keep it in Sacramento.

Jackson, who once called Sacramento a "cow town" and Kings fans "semi-civilized," said he could have taken any position within the organization.

"(Hansen) made, basically, the offer of, 'Take what you want to take as a job. … If you want to be a consultant, if you want to be an owner, part-owner, be a consultant, you'll work in the basketball operations side if you want to or coach.'

"It didn't matter to him. But we talked about a number of things that would progress the team that was going to move, which was Sacramento, which is a team that has to improve to be a significant team that's going to stay in Sacramento."

Last week on the "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Jackson said he had serious talks with Hansen before the owners voted to keep the Kings in Sacramento.

"I won't be doing the job in Sacramento. I like Sacramento," Jackson said before pausing. "Well, not that much."

Right back at ya, Phil.

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

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