According to an ESPN report, New York Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills met about two weeks ago with Phil Jackson about the possibility of Jackson becoming the team’s next coach.
Of course, Jackson reportedly wasn’t interested at this time.
And while Jackson will probably never be interested in coaching the Knicks — with the way they are constructed right now — who’s to say that Jackson wouldn’t accept another role on the team?
Assuming that Jackson was offered the coaching job, you have to think that he was also offered control of the team. After all, if 11 NBA titles doesn’t grant you that, I’m not sure what does.
And New York Daily News’ writer Frank Isola brings up an excellent point. The report says that Jackson wasn’t interested in coaching, but nothing about taking an office role.
After all, wasn’t it reported last year that Jackson had an “agreement” to have some sort of role in the Seattle Sonics organization? Of course, the Sacramento Kings ended up staying put so nothing ever materialized.
Still, the fact that Jackson had a job in place should say enough about his chances of returning to the NBA. Also, Jackson to New York may be the type of move that could keep Carmelo Anthony in a Knicks uniform. Now lets see if the Knicks can pull it off.