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New York Knicks Reportedly met with Phil Jackson about front office role

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According to a report on ESPN, New York Knicks general manager Steve Mills met about two weeks ago with Phil Jackson about the possibility of becoming the head coach for the Knickerbockers.

However, the 68- year old Jackson reportedly rejected the offer and explained that he was not interested in the position at this time.

The Knicks situation is certainly not an ideal won for the coaching legend. New York, who ended a seven-game losing streak with a win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday, is currently third in the Atlantic Division at 22-40. The team is sitting in 10th place in an awful Eastern Conference, 5.5 games back of the eight-seeded Atlanta Hawks.

Jackson, who has a career record of 1,155-485 in 20 seasons with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has won 11 NBA titles. He also won a championship as a player with the New York Knicks in 1973.

In both of his coaching situations in Chicago and Los Angeles, he had superstar players to build around with the likes of Michael Jordan, Kobe Byrant, and Shaquille O'Neal.

However, the Knickerbockers are facing the very real possibility of superstar Carmelo Anthony opting out of his contract this offseason and leaving to another team in hopes of winning an NBA championship. It’s been a brutal season for Knicks fans and it's only made worse with that they don't own a first-round pick in what looks to be a lottery-bound season.

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