ESPN – 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. Jackson’s answer is expected to become official within the next day or so. The Knicks have not scheduled an announcement. The longtime former coach will not be a mere consultant for the Knicks, as he was recently for the Detroit Pistons. Whatever his title, the source said, Jackson will be an integral part of the club’s basketball operations, though he will definitely not coach the team. While Knicks owner James Dolan will pay Jackson handsomely to make basketball decisions, Dolan is still expected to maintain a voice in terms of decision-making, the source said. Bringing Jackson aboard could move the Knicks away from their ties to Creative Artists Agency, the player and coach representation firm that many league insiders, including some Knicks players, believe has an inordinate amount of influence within the franchise. Assistant general manager Allan Houston, coach Mike Woodson, player personnel director Mark Warkentien and star forward Carmelo Anthony are all CAA clients. One Knicks player recently told ESPN.com that the CAA ties were a problem in the locker room. ”You see how guys from CAA are treated differently,” the player said. “How they get away with saying certain things to coaches. How coaches talk to them differently than they talk to the other guys. It’s a problem.”
Well I’ll be damned. I absolutely cannot believe this all is about to go down. The Knicks are seriously one of the worst jobs in all of sports right now. No picks to build a team with. The departure of Carmelo looming. The No Man’s Land you’re stuck in if Carmelo doesn’t leave. It all just seems like the complete opposite scenario that would ordinarily entice Phil Jackson. Perhaps thats whats driving him? Wants to silence anybody who still might claim all his success was Jordan/Pippen and Kobe/Shaq? I really don’t believe that, I’m just grasping at straws here to answer why he’d take this job. Unless its just a money and/or boredom thing, it doesn’t make much sense.
Which, I guess, ultimately, I don’t give a fuck about. As long as he’s here and takes the job seriously nothing else matters. And no, I didn’t expect James Dolan to come out and say “I relinquish all responsibility and Phil will be making all final decisions.” No owner in their right mind would ever publicly say something like that. He’s still the owner of the franchise. Still needs to have control of his team if push comes to shove. But I would be utterly amazed if Phil Jackson was willing to come out of retirement to work side by side, 50/50 with James Dolan. So while I’m seeing reports about Dolan still maintaining a voice, I think thats all just about keeping up appearances. Then again, I am completely surprised we’re even in this situation in the first place, so who knows whats possible.
PS – The fact that this CAA story actually sounds like its genuinely having an effect on the franchise is pretty crazy. Such a joke that the Knicks would even allow that to become a locker room problem.
PPS – If this still turns out to just be a power play for leverage with the Lakers or another team leaked by Phil Jackson’s camp and he ends up taking a different job, it will be the most embarrassing cuckhold facial of all time. Publicly abusing the Knicks and then tossing them aside for a real job would be the lowest of lows for this franchise.