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Phil Jackson officially introduced as President of the Knicks

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.”




156 comments
Tiffini Neal
Tiffini Neal

Phil Jackson will never completely give up basketball he loves the game too much.

Ron Glinski
Ron Glinski

Those three pictured can NOT coexist for a long period of time. This is simply Phil stealing $60M before retiring, and Dolan being okay with it, because it creates false optimism, and deflects attention away from the current mess.

Erik Lum
Erik Lum

James Dolan is a puny man!

Nicolas Grant
Nicolas Grant

In order for the system to work, Phil has to do things his way. Everyone making a big fuss that Phil have’nt spoken with Melo, Which must mean Phil does’nt need Carmelo here. I have to say these people are way off. I order to show change. The current culture need changing. Catering to your superstar is what other previous Pres & GM had done in the past. We know how that turned out. Phil check everyone ego from the door. Ask Jordan/Kobe/Shaq/Pippen. Melo is no different. Phil has the biggest ego when he enters the room. Melo is my favorite player, I watch him grow as a player at Syracuse when I was station at Fort Drum upstate NY. Believe me when I say this guy knows how to play system basketball, besides his ability to dominate in Iso sets. Jim Behime would concur.  I am in no way comparing Melo to Jordan as far as an all-around basketball player. We can all agree that the Triangle needs intricate parts to be successful, and Jackson believe he has a few already. Melo being a dominant scorer and a willing passer much like Jordan/Kobe, Shumpert a shutdown wing defender like a Pipen/Artest. Deadly spot up shooter in THjr much like BJ Armstrong/Paxson/Kerr. The front line will need work. In the triangle offence Big men must have the ability to pass accurately. I don’t see Stat or Tyson filling that role. If Melo wants to win here in NY. He must first check his ego.  Let Phil do his thing, then you see where your name stands among the best when its all said and done. Lets Go KNICKS!!!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

"As far as knowing what it takes to win, Phil is the best to ever do it," Anthony said. "So for me to be able to have the opportunity and have him by my side, for him to teach me, you know, because I'm still willing to learn the game of basketball. "And I haven't won anything [and] he's won a lot. I can learn a lot from him and his system, things that he wants to incorporate here. I'm hoping and praying this all works."



Sounds like a man out the door to me....eating deep dish pizza.



Melo knows thin crust Ny style pizza is better than Chicago deep dish pizza...Metta rant over.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Also....To people who think Phil talked about motion and cutting ect...to imply that isn't melos game...EXHIBIT A:


"[Carmelo] showed in the last Olympics that coming off the bench and playing a role as a bench player on a magnificent team that won a gold medal that he can play a role if he has to play a role," Jackson said. "I think he's a basketball player and that's what players want to be able to do. They want to be able to cut, to pass, to be in different spots on the floor. To attack or to play. I think that Carmelo will be just fine. I see no problem in it."


Thank you, Have a good one.



MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Contrary to what people think...Phil did call Melo a great player:


"I have no problems with committing to saying Carmelo is in the future plans. I think there are a number of things I see Carmelo doing as he moves forward. And I think I was on record saying a year ago that I think Carmelo, as GREAT A PLAYER as he is, still has another level he can go to. And I hope together, with the team we create, he can get there."


Thank you.  Have a good night.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

According to Ian Begley, Phil likes Melo, Chandler, Shump, and Aldrich, really Aldrich. Also like the youth of THJ and Murray.

Jose Rivera
Jose Rivera

Hope he gets a championship team together now

hashburry
hashburry

Well, how does Woody show up for work now?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

So are we beating Indy tomorrow?

John Rose
John Rose

Maybe they're secretly planning to have him coach the Knicks soon.

John Tesoriero
John Tesoriero

Will be great to finally see how successful he'll be without two hall of famers in his starting line up every night.

nixredux
nixredux

@zdiddy

SAS is an attention seeking three letter man. He sold out to Espn a.k.a Mickey mouse club along time ago. Now he's just a cartoon character flapping his gums hoping to take off in technicolor. He's been 12 yrs a slavve... Maybe more

jax13
jax13

He began the recruiting of melo by calling him a great scorer but he has another level he can get to......awesome!

C0P0
C0P0

Welcome to the New Age!


Dolan has willingly and gratefully, crowned Phil Jackson King of everything Knicks.  President Of The Knicks with real power.


I'm giddy at the possibilities going forward.

Especially after hearing Jackson speak and post announcement interview with Clyde.


The changes Phil will implement will be significant and thorough, to say the least.

Taking Melo, The Knicks and the entire Knick organization to the next level will be work, but if anyone can do it, it's Phil Jackson!


Today is great day for this franchise.

Welcome to the new age. The Jackson Age has begun. 


Let's Go Knicks!

latichever
latichever

Note that Phil pointedly said Melo is a "great scorer." Did not say he is a great player. Already with the zen moves.

jax13
jax13

Important to get a coach who is an extension of Phil jax in there......

jax13
jax13

I like what Phil jax said about establishing a system, culture n looking for players at the end of teams benches for guys that fit the system for next season......

The journey begins, I am excited but just hope Dolan stays out of way til we get a chip!

I think he wanted to show a united front with mills, Phil n him up there......

It's a great first step, hope melo buys in but if he does not, it's his loss......

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@OLDKNICK Same thing all his followers say about him now.  He never had any help!  

There a good chance Melo might not win a ring as being the top dog or s-called elite player.  I can see him later on doing a Vince Carter and hopes he lands onto a really good team where he can be a role player off the bench.

His best shot now is with the Bulls, he passes that up and it's on!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@OLDKNICK I can actually see it happening lol....he'd kick himself over and over again.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

This is of course, an early assessment of the roster.

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

Shump is Still my favorite Knick. He will finally be used right. Hardaway's game will also improve.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@OLDKNICK "League source"=  Shumps agent LOL.  But...I agree...I think shump can develop nicely under Phil, if he finds his confidence.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn Absolutely...Indy is either tired...or just cruising right now.....Cant cruise for too long tho...but they did press out hard during the beginning of the season...but they usually get up to play the knicks...no matter what our record is.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@nixredux He was a God here before he stated that Melo is gone!  

SAS has a huge ego? Ya don't say! lol


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@jax13  "But, but, but, Jackson hated Melo....but, but... he doesn't like his game....you can't build around him....but, but....."

zebeto
zebeto

@jax13 challenging him to Become a better all around player....genius !

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kneggyknik Yep that would be sweet.  The Mets, Jets or Knicks have got to win one before my die man!   

Where would we go for a parade if one of them won one?  Anybody?

zebeto
zebeto

@jax13 Kerr seems like the perfect match for that !

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Josh Gabriel He's been watching this team since November he said...he knows the pieces he needs.



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zdiddy4nyk Biggie called SAS basically a God last week or so.  Now's God's a girl that can't make up her mind!   

So goes the legend of Biggie! lol

jax13
jax13

He really does

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Evaluating the pieces he wants....its reported Melo,Chandler,Shump,Aldrich,murry and THJR are the pieces he likes....facts over speculation, Comic book man.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL Yeah Phil been in LA watching our Knicks lose game after game! 

Ya folks fall for anything. lol