Phil Jackson is returning to the place where it all began.
The New York Knicks and Phil Jackson have reportedly agreed to a deal that would make Jackson team president and have him “oversee” basketball operations of the team, according to the New York Post.
Terms of Jackson’s contract have not yet been finalized, and the team has not yet commented on the matter.
Jackson going to the Knicks would certainly be very compelling. Knicks power-hungry owner James Dolan, would have to give up some, if not all of his power to Jackson who certainly has the reputation to warrant such authority.
Jackson won 13 NBA championships in his career. He won 2 as a player with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973, and 11 as a coach. Six of those titles came when he was the coach of Michael Jordan’s Bulls in the 90s, and the remaining five came with Kobe Bryant’s Lakers.
In New York, Jackson certainly has his work cut out for him. The Knicks roster is far from stabilized. Carmelo Anthony is likely to opt out of his deal at season’s end, Tyson Chandler is on the books for another season, Amare Stoudemire is owed $23 million next season, and Raymond Felton has over $7 million owed to him over the next 2 seasons.
The Knicks have not won a title since 1973, and James Dolan is certainly hoping Jackson can be that guy that brings a championship back to the Mecca.
The biggest question however is how will Dolan handle giving up so much power? He hasn’t shown that ability since he took over as owner of the team.