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NBA News: Phil Jackson Finalizing Deal To Become Knicks President

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UPDATE (1:50 PM): The New York Knicks have scheduled a press conference for next Tuesday to announce Phil Jackson as their new President of Basketball Operations, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:


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It has been in the works for a while, but now it is finally becoming official. ESPN’sRamona Shelburne is reporting that the New York Knicks are finalizing a deal with Phil Jackson to become the team’s President of Basketball Operations:

This will definitely come as a blow to many people who were hoping Jackson would return to the Lakers in some capacity. Many were even reporting that he was using the Knicks talks as leverage with the Lakers for a job in the organization.

Jackson will have full control over all basketball decisions with the Knicks, though owner James Dolan will undoubtedly continue play a large part.

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Jackson spent 10 years with the Knicks as a player, averaging seven points and four rebounds, and winning championships in 1970 and 1973.

Now the question becomes what do the Lakers do in regards to next season. Kobe Bryant recently called out Jim and Jeanie Buss to get the organization back on track, and wants no part of another rebuilding campaign.

Many believed that bringing Jackson in on the front office side would help the Lakers return to glory, but that is eventually no longer a possibility.

Whatever the case, Jackson has a tall task in front of him as the Knicks have no cap flexibility, and lack a first round draft pick in this year’s draft.
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  • Jaymez Washington Pettie

    I don’t get it Lakers upper management ????

  • Remington Landershire

    Kurt Rambis is the coach next year. Bank on it!

    • Jim213

      If the coach goes his staff goes with him. Rambis hasn’t had a good impact on the defensive end.

  • Marty Susman

    I have no clue how this is not a conflict of interest to the NBA but if Jeanie is happy, who am I to care. Having said that I am sure this has been a dream of his since he played their so good luck to him. I am also happy because that means Melo “WON’T” be in purple & gold and that’s a GREAT thing…. lastly unless a miracle happens, Phil will not be able to bring a ring to the city, forget it guys Phil is not & will never be a JERRY WEST……He might be the best or 2nd best coach in NA history (think red) but as far as I am concerned, brilliant GM/President he is not. His ego, his attitude/his mannerisms will only create more hostility between the front office & the playing floor & I am guessing a max of two years is all he will have before he is back in California.

    • hookedonnews

      I think you’re probably right. I guess we’ll find out.

  • hookedonnews

    I don’t see having PJ in the front office as a guarantee of success in NY. They have a disaster there that needs more than a guy who clearly doesn’t have the health to put in the hours this job requires. I’m not saying it will make no difference, but I don’t think it’s going to solve all their problems. They’re saying that the Lakers entertained the possibility of bringing him in, but couldn’t agree. I never thought it would happen, so I’m not surprised. You’ve got to have a clear line of authority, and having Phil there wouldn’t work unless they were willing to turn the whole thing over to him. No one believed that was going to happen.

    • fool

      He might not be a good GM/President, he knows who he wants as players, however.

      • fool

        triangle type players.

      • hookedonnews

        Not sure how true that is when it comes to younger players and those who are still in college. That takes a lot of leg work which he is not going to be willing to do. As for the Triangle, who is he going to bring in to coach that system? They don’t have the players right now to run that system according to Charles Barkley. No one else in the league uses that offense. Any good PG would not want to play on a team that runs the Triangle. Will be interesting to see it all play out.

  • vdogg

    i love phil and what he did for the lakers, but i highly doubt that this is going to work. the team is in cap hell and does not have a draft pick this season. also, are they going to start running the triangle offense..? and if they do, who is going to be the coach if phil is not going to do it? NO ONE has been successful with out outside of PJ and tex winter (and tex is obviously done). i could see melo leaving and phil starting fresh. i just hope that as a laker fan, jeannie spends more time in manhattan beach than in manhattan. good luck, PJ. you’ll need it.

    • fool

      Triangle may work. Amare, will not have to run as much. Melo and JR will play. The Knicks certainly should be a .500 team. Chandler will rebound.
      This team, with a good coach should win more than 50 percents of the games.

  • fool

    from ESPN

    “The Knicks will have Amar’e Stoudemire ($23.4 million), Tyson Chandler ($14.6 million) andAndrea Bargnani ($11.5 million) on the books next season. How will Jackson handle these contracts?
    Can he dump them on a rebuilding team with cap space in a trade? Will he let them run out?

    Due in part to the contracts mentioned above, the Knicks are expected to be over the cap this offseason. So they will be limited in what they can do to reshape the roster this summer.

    Given that circumstance, what moves can Jackson, who has no experience as an executive, execute to improve the team?”

    Mr. Jim Buss, good move for once in not keeping Jackson for $12 million, someone with no Presidential experience. And, that is what Phil was looking for form the Lakers. Phil made it clear he does not want to coach. If he did, Mr. Dolan would have given him that job. He is being paid anyway.

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