RUMOR OF THE WEEK: If the New York Knicks don’t advance beyond the first round of the playoffs, I’m hearing they’ll make a major — repeat, major — push to lure legendary coach Phil Jackson out of retirement.
With money being no object, the scuttlebutt is the Knicks brass may offer the “Zen Master” a four-year, $50 million deal.
Obviously nothing new here from what I’ve been hearing. Sources continue to tell me they are convinced a deal will happen with Phil barring a major run. And this isn’t a knock on Woodson this is what it is. Phil has not publicly said he doesn’t want the job. I’m speculating but the Grunwald announcement is a shrewd PR move keeping the distraction away from the team and its focus.
That’s my opinion based on many things I’ve heard about Phil throughout the league this season that have been reported here repeatedly.
Ken Berger of CBS has a source quoted saying this several months back…
“The feeling is, all Dolan would have to do is ask, and Phil would say yes,” a person connected to the former Lakers coach told me this week.