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Phil Jackson endorses Brooklyn Nets job ... again

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A couple of days after telling Dan Patrick the "Brooklyn situation in a good situation," he again endorsed the Nets to Harvey Araton, particularly when comparing to their cross-river rivals. the Knicks.

Araton writes in the New York Times...

He did call the Knicks’ roster clumsy long before it proved to be just that in losing to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Jackson considers Carmelo Anthony "an amazing ballplayer who still has another level to step up." But given a choice, he seemed to prefer Brooklyn’s roster to New York’s because of the age of the Knicks and the presence of the Nets’ Deron Williams and Brook Lopez.

"The Knicks still have to find some accommodating group of guys that know how to play ball together, move the ball, play the game the right way," he said. "With Brooklyn, if you’ve got a point guard and a solid center, or a good point guard and a great center, you’ve got two of the pieces that you want to have toward a champion."

Jackson, who's on a book tour for his "Eleven Rings," turned down an offer to coach the Nets, but the team apparently never offered him the opportunity to take over basketball operations, telling Patrick, the offer Billy King made was about coaching.