Phil Jackson was officially introduced as the President of the New York Knicks. He signed a five-year contract with the Knicks.
“Today is an historic day for the Knicks, as we announce that Phil has become team president,” Madison Square Garden Executive Chairman James Dolan said.
Jackson will be in charge of all basketball decisions, Dolan said. Jackson and GM Steve Mills will both report to Dolan, the team said in a press release.
When asked if he is giving up control over the team, Dolan said he is doing so, “Willingly and gratefully.” Jackson said he was told in January that he would have full autonomy over the team.
Jackson hinted that he could institute the triangle offense with the team.
“I know you all know about the triangle offense, and I know it’s been maligned, but I believe in system basketball,” Jackson said. Jackson also said he will be “accessible” while serving as team president and poked fun at the organization’s issues with the media.
Jackson said he has, “no problems committing to saying Carmelo [Anthony] is in the future plans,” and believes Anthony has another level of play that he hopes he can get to.
Jackson said he has spoken to Mike Woodson and expressed his support in the head coach.
“This is the best place to play basketball,” Jackson said.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Jim Dolan,” Jackson said in a press release. “I have gotten to know Jim and he is totally committed to delivering a winner for New York. I started my career as a Knick, and know what it feels like to win in this great city. I take the task of helping to deliver a winning team to our fans seriously, and look forward to combining my vision of the game with Steve Mills’ abilities as a General Manager.”
“There is only one Phil Jackson, and he is synonymous with winning basketball teams,” Dolan said in a statement. “His history of success in the NBA is unrivaled, and he is the ideal executive to lead our team and develop short and long term plans that build a successful franchise and result in an NBA championship. That is our only goal, and what our loyal fans deserve.”
“When Jim first asked me to join the Knicks this past fall, I said my goal was to be part of a winning organization,” Mills said in a statement. “With Phil Jackson aboard, we’ve taken a major step in that direction. I look forward to working with him.”