Tags: knicks | rumors | phil jackson | president

Knicks Rumors: Phil Jackson Signing On as President?

Image: Knicks Rumors: Phil Jackson Signing On as President?

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 10:01 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Rumors of Phil Jackson joining the New York Knicks reached an apex on Tuesday, when a source said that the legendary coach has reached an "agreement in principle" to oversee squad's basketball operations as president.

The New York Post reported that Jackson gave the Knicks a verbal commitment Saturday, despite that the team has not many an official announcement. 

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Jackson is a former Knicks standout who won two league titles, as well as Hall of Fame-worthy acclaim as a coach guiding the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to multiple NBA championships.

If the rumor is true, the signing would create an interesting dynamic; Jackson lives in Marina Del Rey, Calif. with his fiancée, Lakers President Jeanie Buss. A longtime Lakers executive, she became president of the Lakers last year when her father, Jerry Buss, died.

The New York Post reported that its source says that the current Knicks President/General Manager Steve Mills will stay on as an executive but will take on a new role.

Bleacher Report speculated that Jackson could be using the Knicks as leverage for other jobs he may be interested in. 

"Jackson went on to admit (in a USA Today article that) he's an unofficial consultant for Detroit Pistons' owner Tom Gores," Bleacher report reported. "Incidentally, the Pistons could use another face in the front office with current general manager Joe Dumars having poured large sums of money into a fatally flawed roster. Options aren't limited to Detroit, either.

"There's no telling which or how many teams Jackson has been in contact with. The Knicks could be one of the few or only organizations promising to act on his availability now. His mere involvement could be a matter of circumstance," the website continued.

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley told TMZ Sports on Tuesday that the Knicks should be focusing their attention on hiring good players.

"Is he gonna play?" Barkley said. "I love Phil Jackson but they need players. They need to worry about players."

Jackson was a member of the Knicks' 1970 and 1973 championship teams. He appeared in 732 games over the course of 11 seasons.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved