Phil Jackson agrees to help run the Knicks; Will he make a difference?
The Knicks have come to an agreement with Phil Jackson to help run the team, but the details of his exact role are sketchy. According to the NY Post:
Phil Jackson has reached an agreement in principle to oversee the Knicks basketball operations and “president” will be in his title, according to a league source.
All that’s left is the lawyers finalizing the last contract details by week’s end before Jackson officially returns to the organization that drafted him and where he won two titles as a player.
The Post has learned Jackson gave the Knicks a verbal commitment on Saturday. The Garden still will not comment on Jackson’s status.
Knicks president/general manager Steve Mills will remain on board in a revised role and work with Jackson. Knicks owner James Dolan hired Mills because of his vast network of contacts with NBA agents and GMs. That isn’t the strong suit of Jackson, winner of 11 titles as coach of the Bulls and Lakers.
Some issues during the last couple of days revolved around his living arrangements. Jackson lives in Marina Del Rey, Calif., with his fiancée, Lakers president Jeanie Buss. Jackson is expected to live in New York during the season, but do some commuting. Buss visits New York on business periodically.
Jackson has made it clear that he didn’t want the stress of the day-to-day operations, but he’ll obviously have impact with “President” in his title.
The most important and I’m sure pressing issue now is with Carmelo Anthony and his free agency. Will he stay or go? Who knows, but I’m sure Jackson will have a hand in it. One thing is for sure, the man knows how to build — and coach a team. Will he be the key to turning the team to wins?
What do you think?
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