The New York Knicks sure are sneaky.
It was reported earlier today by ESPN, that the Knicks reportedly met with Phil Jackson a few weeks ago to discuss the potential of him becoming the next head coach of the franchise. The report indicated that Jackson wasn’t interested in coaching.
Now, according to the New York Daily News, Jackson is reportedly mulling over an offer for a front office role with the Knicks.
Phil Jackson has been offered a front office position with the Knicks and is expected to give the club a decision sometime next week, the Daily News has learned.
According to an NBA source, Garden Chairman James Dolan has met with Jackson about a potential return to the franchise where he was a member of the Knicks only two championship teams. Jackson also won 11 titles as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers but apparently has no interest in coaching the Knicks.
Jackson reportedly had an agreement to take a front office job with the Seattle Sonics last season, but the Sacramento Kings agreed to stay put, thus the Sonics never materialized.
Not only would the move makes sense for the Knicks, but it could also help cement Jackson’s legacy in the NBA in building up a team like the Knicks.
Ideally, it would makes sense for the Knicks to give Jackson a role similar to the one that Pat Riley has in Miami. He would be able to keep ahold of Carmelo Anthony and attract other superstars, which is essentially the Knicks goal at the end of the day.