Earlier this week, we reported that Phil Jackson, who won 11 NBA championships as a coach with the Lakers and Bulls and 2 as a player with the Knicks, was leaning towards accepting James Dolan’s offer to become the Knicks’ President of Basketball Operations. Now, reports are leaking that the two sides have agreed in principle to a deal that would make Jackson the highest-paid executive in NBA history, and possibly net The Zen Master a minority ownership stake in the team. The details should become more clear in the coming days, but as things stand, it appears that Dolan has gotten his man.
ESPN is reporting that legendary coach and former Knick Phil Jackson is leaning towards accepting the position of President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks. Jackson, who won 2 championships as a player with the Knicks and 11 championships as the coach of the Bulls and Lakers, had reportedly met with the Knicks’ front office recently to discuss a return to the game. The Daily News had been reporting that Jackson was uninterested in coaching but willing to consider a front-office role. Jackson had reportedly expressed that his acceptance of the job would be largely conditional on Knicks Owner James Dolan’s willingness to give him major control of basketball decisions, and an assurance that Carmelo Anthony would re-sign with the team this summer. It is not known whether Jackson was given either of these things, and Stephen A. Smith’s reports should always be taken with a grain of salt, but with multiple outlets reporting recently that Jackson was seriously considering a return, it seems very possible that the “Zen Master” will indeed join the Knicks’ Front Office in the near future.