Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
In an interview Monday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” Karl pointed out that Jackson will reportedly split time between New York, California and Montana in his potential new role as President of Basketball Operations.
“I don’t think he wants to do it for five or six years, I think he wants to do it quick,” Karl said.
Assuming owner James Dolan grants the 68-year-old Jackson the complete control he requires to run the basketball side of things — a big if — Jackson would face numerous obstacles going forward.
The Knicks have limited cap space, no draft pick this year and face an uncertain future regarding Carmelo Anthony.
Of course, those obstacles will remain no matter who is in charge.
“How long will it take [to turn things around] and how long will he do this job?” Karl asked in reference to Jackson.
“There are so many huge decisions that if you don’t do it right, this organization is going to struggle and I don’t think Phil likes struggling,” Karl said in a separate interview on SportsCenter. “He likes winning, he likes winning championships.”
Karl — along with Avery Johnson, Nate McMillan and Byron Scott — has been touted as a potential coach for the Knicks if Jackson comes aboard, but Karl and Anthony have their own issues and it seems unlikely Anthony would sign off on that.
“I think Melo has to prove that he can fit into a championship-level team,” Karl said.
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.