Phil Jackson 'advising' Detroit Pistons

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Phil Jackson has been serving as an 'unofficial advisor' to the Detroit Pistons according to the legendary NBA coach.

In an interview with USA Today, Jackson discussed NBA front-office opportunities that he had been pursuing including one in Detroit.

"I did go out to Detroit last year and sit with (Pistons President) Joe (Dumars). I guess we weren't successful," said Jackson, who last coached in 2011 with the LA Lakers. "I developed a relationship with the owner, who lives in LA. We have conversations." explained the 11-time NBA Champion.

When pressed on the subject, Jackson said: "I'm just like an adviser, an unpaid adviser. So far, my advice hasn't been too great" 

The Pistons recently fired head coach, Maurice Cheeks after just one season in Detroit. Cheeks had guided the team to a 21-29 record and marked the third time that he had been fired by a team in mid-season.

Currently the Pistons have the 10th best record in the Eastern Conference and are 3.5 games behind the Atlanta Hawks in the playoff race. John Loyer is now serving as the interim head coach of the Pistons.

Jackson has won 11 NBA titles including six with the Chicago Bulls and five with the Lakers. It has been strongly rumored that Jackson considered a return to Los Angeles with the Lakers after Mike Brown was fired in 2012.

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