Update on Phil Jackson: Sides talking about front office role

Sam Spiegelman

Earlier today it was reported General Manager and Vice President Steve Mills and former Lakers and Bulls head coach Phil Jackson had a meeting. Now, according to reports, some details have emerged about the specifics.

According to the New York Post, the conversation centered around Jackson joining his former club as a member of the team’s front office. Jackson would become the team’s general manager or a consultant in the front office, per the report, though it remains unknown whether Jackson is completely sold on relocating to New York.


5:00 p.m.: An offer has been extended to Jackson, and the team expects a decision next week (New York Daily News, March 7).

“I don’t think he wants to live in New York anymore, and he definitely would be leery of working for (James) Dolan,’’ the source told The Post.

Previously, Jackson told USA TODAY he has no intentions of coaching again “for damned sure.”

“I don’t want to be on the sidelines,” Jackson says with a grin as he heads for the elevator and disappears yet again. “That’s for damned sure.”




159 comments
ABCballer35
ABCballer35

WE WANT PHIL JACKSON, WE WANT PHIL JACKSON, WE WANT PHIL JACKSON!!!!!!!!!!

cj1786
cj1786

The more I think about this the more it makes perfect sense,  If in fact Jackson wants a high profile front office role, sort of like Pat Riley in Miami.  The Knicks are the perfect place. they are an attractive market with an owner who likes to spend. He's not going to look to take over a team that's already good since that wouldn't give him any credit.  And most of the current rebuilding projects aren't in a market like NY, nor do any of those teams have the cash to pay him.  

The idea is to build a winner and get all the credit for it, like Riley has in Miami.   It should be easy for a guy with his clout to lure high profile players to NY, much like Riley did with Miami.  And if they win in NY he becomes a god, more than he already is. 

Jorge Alicea
Jorge Alicea

Get this done ASAP! First step in restoring respectability back to the organization its lacked since dolan took over. NYK4LIFE!

chudogz1
chudogz1

PLEASE ACCEPT THE JOB..... if any of this is even true.... and I'm not talking about the coaching gig either!!! GO KNICKS

IAMINETROBE
IAMINETROBE

LETS DO IT OBVIOUSLY THEY NEED PROPER GUIDANCE 

rgm891
rgm891

If Phil Jackson accepts a FO role with us, party at Shesaidspikewho's house in South Florida!!!!!!!!  We will take over South Beach, sorry Lebron

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Mike Greenberg-"I think anybody who follows the Knnicks, knows this is not Carmelos fault, he's been fantastic..it isn't his fault his teammates aren't performing like they were last year"


Obviously Greeny has NOT BEEN ON TKB.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

New post up, about Larry Brown upset Jackson speaking with Knicks..

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

So....everybody blaming Melo for not teliing Dolan to "can woodson"...funny how no mention about Carmelo asking for Phil Jackson.



Anthony/Jordan have a good relationship...did Jordan advise him to get Jax?  Better Melo does..better the Jordan brand does.  Lol...connecting dots again!!!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Gotta go but it is really nice to have realistic hopes!    Go Knicks! 

newyorker9
newyorker9

if Phil accepts , BYE BYE WOODSON!! BYE BYE HERB!!!

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

I really hope this happens. Isola said that Jim Dolan himself reached out to Jackson, which is a good sign given the stubbornness of Dolan in the past. I always felt that the Knicks had a special place in Phil Jackson's heart and wanted to come back to where it all started. Maybe he's been waiting for the Knicks to reach out to him the proper way, this could be it. 

donche
donche

If Dolan give Jackson the Isaiah treatment...it'll all be fine.


Dolan is an idiot but what he's always lacked was smart friends.


If he gave control to Riley we would all love him...Dolan give the keys to Jackson and back up. 

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Medua already pouring cold water ona potential phil GM job because of age and the vastness of the job

Did anyone question Riley when he took over the GM duties of the heat?

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

What if Phil is using the Knicks as leverage like every other free agent?! Lakers might come calling during this week of waiting.

brookdon
brookdon

This would be HUGE.

I'd expect he'd force Dolan to give him ALOT of power though.

newyorker9
newyorker9

come home Phil!!!!! I got a feeling he's going to accept!! please accept!!! we need you!!!! 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@MeloStat301  Kobe and Phil/Kobe and Melo have a relationship as well. Supposedly Phil was the bridge to keep Kobe when he was threatening to go to the BULLS!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@newyorker9 Yep, Black unemployment will tick up by a half percentage pt nationwide and 20% at the MSG.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@orlando_knickfan  Isola was on the radio saying it's the Knicks going after a big name again and they just need to worry about winning. Saying it has been proven not to work and they're missing the point again.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@orlando_knickfan Yup, since its the knicks its a bad idea...If LBJ were to come here 2 years from now it would be..."well Lebron is not really the same player anymore...blah blah blah"...its the Ny media towards the knicks.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@SheSaidSpikeWho No...Phil rubs Kupchak the wrong way.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@brookdon If he doesn't do that, then he shouldn't come at all.  We need him with the juice!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kneggyknik YEP, I can see LBJ coming next. Phil can say to LBJ,  "Young legend to be, I have coached several teams with at least 3 of the legends that you are trying to surpass with rings and clout.  Come here and I'll make you King of the Legends!"

Even Riley would have a hard time refuting that. 

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@thatsagoodpoint Phil Jackson has done nothing but win throughout his career. He won as a player, he won as a coach, now it seems he wants to win as a front office guy.  As much as we all hate Dolan, this could be the move that turns his image around. Still way too early to determine, but it's still a step in the right direction. 

buddhabing
buddhabing

@SheSaidSpikeWho @orlando_knickfan  He has a point. Phil Jackson has never been a GM/ Pres.......who knows if his coaching success will translate to talent evaluation success. Anything is better than what they have so i would welcome the change with open arms.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

I love these media trolls. It was never a bad idea with Riley or Dumars or Bird or Ainge thoigh.

brookdon
brookdon

Yup. But would Dolan aka Jerry Jones be willing to concede?

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@buddhabing Nobody knew about Riley as a front office guy rather than as a coach, and he's won three rings in Miami.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@SheSaidSpikeWho @MeloStat301 Phil got offended when Kupchak jumoped the gun and told Phil he picked D'antoni over him.


"I laughed. I mean, it was was humorous when, to me, Mitch said that we think that Mike is a better coach for this group of guys," Jackson said during ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" radio show on Wednesday morning when asked if he was upset by the hire"-Phil Jakcson


"When Mitch gave me the call close to midnight on a Sunday night right before I was going to give them an answer Monday morning and said, 'We've made a choice. We're going to hire Mike D'Antoni. We think he's the best coach for this group of guys,' My answer was, 'For Steve Nash, yes, I agree, but for Dwight Howard, I'm not so sure.'"-

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@brookdon Not fair to compare...Jerry won 3 super bowls as owner lol.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@buddhabing Yeah I'd rather make my own billion dollars but I'd take someone else billions if they give it to me. 

 The NBA has changed and players move now more than ever.  When you get the chance to get better, just do it. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@SheSaidSpikeWho LOL Go for it!  This is our day to have some fun and hope.  Enjoy it while you can because we have a game tonight.