The New York Knicks turned to Phil Jackson once again and asked him to coach. When he shrugged at the idea and hinted at his desire to work a front office job, the Knicks came calling again. Now, according to several sources, Jackson is close to joining the Knicks front office.
All indications are that Phil Jackson will accept the New York Knicks‘ offer to join the club’s front office, according to a league source.
“The Knicks have a sense of what’s going to happen,” the source said. “And as of right now, it looks like Phil’s taking the job. There’s always the possibility of something falling apart at the last minute, but the Knicks’ sense is that he’s joining them.”
The sides are still working out the details, including what Jackson’s title will be, how much time he will spend in New York, and when in the next few months he will start his job.
Broussard also mentions that James Dolan will still maintain his position as a decision-maker (bad), but that Jackson’s presence could diminish the authority of Creative Artists Agency, aka CAA (good).
The latter is a very interesting matter for a few reasons. Several Knicks players — Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith — and organization members — Mike Woodson, Allan Houston, Mark Warkentien — are all represented by CAA. The talent agency has become the ire of Knicks fans the last few years, because they seem to have their priorities more in business than winning. It’ll be interesting to see if Jackson is forced to convert (unlikely), sends them running (unlikely), or just creates more inter-organizational strife (more likely).
In the meantime, while Jackson did “advise” the Detroit Pistons — which he did a sucky job of — his reputation and resume stand alone. At the very least, he keeps the Knicks intriguing to Carmelo Anthony, other free agents, and other coaches.
We’ll see how this shakes out in the future, but it’s certainly one of the biggest turns this organization has taken in the last few years.