James Dolan introduced Jackson in a media-packed atrium along with general manager Steve Mills who will be working with Jackson to restructure the future Knick organization.
“Mike’s a very good coach and we’re on a good little run now for the playoffs,” Jackson said.
A renowned triangle offense coach, Jackson said it wasn’t essential for the team to incorporate it.
“Although I like it, it ‘s not something I’ll implement. I do know there’s a lot of footwork the players need to get better at as well as playing as a team.”
Jackson referenced his playing days as a team that played together. Former teammates Walt Frazier, Dr. Dick Barnett and the son of Dave Debusshere were in attendance as well as having memos from coach Red Holtzman and Willis Reed read from the podium, all of which wishing him well in his new job.
James Dolan said they have been talking since before Christmas to get a deal together.
“When you get a chance to have someone like Phil Jackson, whom I have tremendous respect, in your organization you’d be foolish not to jump at the opportunity,” Dolan said.
Jackson signed a 5-year deal without divulging any further details of the contract.