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

NBA Rumors: Phil Jackson leaning towards front office job with New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are either one step closer to becoming relevant again, or are on their way to another Knick-size mistake. The only certain thing we know, when it comes to the Knicks, is that it’s going to be headline-grabbing win or lose.

According to ESPN’s Stephen A Smith, Phil Jackson is on the brink of becoming the new President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks.

While a decision has not been made, Phil Jackson is leaning toward taking a front-office job with the New York Knicks, a source close to the team tells ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

Jackson’s role would be president of basketball operations, in complete control of all basketball-related matters, according to the source.

It is unclear whether the decision would include an agreement to coach the Knicks next season, the source said. A decision is expected sometime next week.

Late yesterday, word spread that Jackson wasn’t really interested in coaching, and would likely be more interested in a more “hands-on” role. Essentially, he wants to be in charge of the whole operation. At this point, it would be surprising to see James Dolan give up all power, but because it’s Phil Jackson and not some no-name Joe, I would guess that there’s definitely a greater chance of that actually happening. Still, I think that would be the bigger story.

But, if he were to surrender all power (like Jackson would probably like to see happen) then a turnaround could very well be in the near-future of the Knicks. However, the initial sign isn’t going to be drastic. The biggest impression that Jackson will bring to the Knicks is his ability to attract the stars, similar to the way that we’ve seen Pat Riley do in Miami.

I’m not saying that Jackson is going to immediately create his own Big Three in New York, but he’ll probably be enough to persuade Carmelo Anthony to re-sign in NY. After that, in 2015, you’d think that he’ll be able to bring another big name to NY, possibly Rajon Rondo or Kevin Love. Still, that’s way down the line.

I mean, it’s not like Jackson can magically make new draft picks appear for the Knicks, right? RIGHT???

Again, we’re all getting ahead of ourselves. After all, Jackson has yet to say yes to the Knicks. He could very well say no, and this is all a waste of all our time.






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