NBA Rumors: Could Phil Jackson run the Knicks?


Apr 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Phil Jackson looks on as the jersey of Los Angeles Lakers former player Shaquille O

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.


Tags: NBA NBA Offseason NBA Rumors New York Knicks Phil Jackson

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    when you think the Knicks have reached rock bottom, you found out they were in quick sand the entire time….please spare Knick fans the pain and burn this franchise to the ground… because no one can convince me they have competent people running this organization… proving me point, they inquire on Phil “i am overrated and lucking into Mike, Shaq, Kobe and Tex Winters triangle offense”Jackson…. This guy has Never proven he can coach…. do you know what
    Knicks, Lionel Hollins, sitting on the sidelines has proven he is a great coach….. like in Baseball, Joe torre proved he was not a great manager before hitting it big with the Yanks, and Phil Jackson is not dumb enough to tarnish his legacy with the Knicks franchise…. next thing you are going to tell me Erik spoelstra is a great coach and Pat Riley is an amazing G.M. selective memory is all i am saying….

    • Michael Saenz

      I’d prefer to see Phil in a front office role. It’d probably be enough to keep Carmelo Anthony around and would attract other superstars, similar to what Pat Riley is doing in Miami

      • Real M-Fing talk !!!

        Pat didn’t attract crap to Miami, three guys decided to play together it was either Toronto, Cleveland or Miami… where would you go?

        • Michael Saenz

          They may have wanted to play together, but Pat sealed the deal in the meetings. They all could’ve gone to NY and/or Chicago.

          • Real M-Fing talk !!!

            OK, ok…. you can keep drinking Riley’s greasy hair tonic, all
            you want !, to each their own…