New York Knicks: Phil Jackson close to joining the team


Jan 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NBA coach Phil Jackson (left) and actor John Lithgow watch the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Arizona Wildcats at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The news recently broke that the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson recently met to discuss a potential job for the Zen Master. Jackson has previously made it clear that he has no intention to return to coaching, and it seems that the Knicks want to hire the legendary coach to a front-office position.

According to a league source, Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson is on the verge of accepting a Knicks front-office position.

“It’s real close,’’ the league source said.

According to an ESPN.com report, the position’s title could be president of basketball operations. But a league source said, despite the fancy moniker, Jackson wouldn’t be usurping the current power of new president/general manager Steve Mills.

(via NY Post)

The NY Post report also leaves a whole lot of question marks. It’s questionable how much power Jackson would actually have running the team with owner James Dolan around, and moving to New York permanently might be a hindrance as well. Either way, it seems that the two parties do have mutual interest in whatever job it might be, and more updates will likely follow in the next couple of days.

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