After helping to lead the New York Knicks to two championships as a player, and eleven more as a Head Coach for the Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Lakers, Hall of Fame Coach, Phil Jackson, is coming home after being named the Knicks President on Tuesday.
After introducing Jackson at a news conference, Knicks owner, James Dolan had this to say, “There is only one Phil Jackson, and he is synonymous with winning basketball teams, 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 is an NBA championship. That is our only goal, and what our loyal fans deserve.”
Jackson played for the Knicks from 1967-1978, then played two seasons for the New Jersey Nets, then retired as a player. He coached the Bulls from 1989-1998, and the Lakers from1999-2004, then again from 2005-2011.
The Knicks have struggled this year under Mike Woodson due to injuries and inconsistent play. However, Jackson seems to be up to the challenge of turning things around, and getting them back to their glory days. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Jim Dolan, he said. “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.”
Rumor has it that Jackson will fire Woodson at the end of the year, and hire someone that coached under him like Brian Shaw, Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons, or even a guy that played for him like Steve Kerr, so his triangle offense that helped to win those championships with the Bulls and Lakers can be used. However, everything is up in the air for right now, like Knicks Star, Carmelo Anthony, staying or leaving at the end of the year.
Jackson has a mess on his hands. He has an owner that has butted in on past decisions by the front office, but now he promises to leave all decisions to Jackson and hopefully he keeps his promise. Former Bulls Legend, Michael Jordan, thinks Jackson can succeed in his new role, and here’s hoping that he does.