I really don’t know if this is necessarily news, since nothing has actually been formally agreed to (remember when it looked like Jackson was going to be the Lakers coach last year?), but I think that since it is dominating the Knicks news universe, we might as well have a thread for it. From Chris Broussard in the ESPN.com article…
Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are expected to finalize a deal that will give the legendary coach control of the club’s front office by the end of this week, according to a league source.
“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.”
An official announcement might not come until next week, the source said.
I, for one, welcome our new Zenmaster overlord. I like the idea that Dolan is seemingly prepared to give Jackson total control of basketball operations, leaving Steve Mills in charge of business operations and sexual harassment lawsuits. Perhaps Phil Jackson is not going to be a good basketball executive (his last move as a basketball executive ended up with the Pistons hiring the since-fired Mo Cheeks as head coach), but I would put the odds of Phil Jackson with total control of basketball operations ending up with a really good team as better than the odds of (Fill-in-the-blank with a smart, young basketball General Manager) with James Dolan micro-managing them ending up with a really good team.
Plus, I think that this solidifies Melo returning at a reduced salary, which is an important cog in that 2015 offseason.