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

Phil Jackson, New York Knicks deal finalized; to be introduced Tuesday

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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

According to multiple reports, Phil Jackson is officially apart of the New York Knicks’ front office and he will formally be introduced Tuesday morning.

Phil Jackson is expected to become the new leader of the Knicks front office, according to reports. It’s expected that the Knicks will elaborate on Jackson’s official role during Tuesday’s introduction press conference. Jackson and the Knicks have reportedly agreed to a five-year deal, but does not include an ownership stake — as numerous reports indicated it would.

Jackson played 11 (of his 12) seasons with the Knicks during the late-60’s, into the 70’s. He was also a part of the 1972-73 Knicks championship team, which ironically was the last time the franchise won a title.

If he can bring a championship back to the Knicks, he would immediately became a god in New York, which he already is somewhat in the eyes of many around the NBA. However, most of that pedigree was earned by winning titles as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers — not in the front office.

This time, though, he doesn’t have a thoroughbred — like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or Shaquille O’Neal. It’s up to him to go and get one. A challenge to say the least, and a downright near impossible situation to say the most.

Either way, should be interesting.

 

 

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