It looks like the Knicks may have finally made legendary Bulls and Lakers coach, Phil Jackson, an offer he couldn’t refuse.
All indications are that Phil Jackson will accept the New York Knicks’ offer to join the club’s front office, according to a league source.
“The Knicks have a sense of what’s going to happen,” the source said. “And as of right now, it looks like Phil’s taking the job. There’s always the possibility of something falling apart at the last minute, but the Knicks’ sense is that he’s joining them.”
The sides are still working out the details, including what Jackson’s title will be, how much time he will spend in New York and when in the next few months he will start his job.
The longtime former coach will not be a mere consultant for the Knicks, as he was recently for the Detroit Pistons. Whatever his title, the source said, Jackson will be an integral part of the club’s basketball operations, although he will definitely not coach the team.
Jackson is widely considered to be the greatest NBA coach of all-time. His league record 11 championships as a coach (13 if you combine his two wins as a player) and .704 winning percentage leads credence to this G.O.A.T. title.
The plan to not have Jackson coach may actually work in his favor. It allows him to work his magic for the team without actually having to take a risk on getting his head coaching record dirty because let’s face it, this Knicks squad needs some help. There aren’t any guys named Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, or Kobe Bryant on the team.
But there is a guy named Melo.