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Who says “No” to the head coaching job for the New York Knicks? ESPN has reported that the Knicks offered Phil Jackson a head coaching position but the 68-year-old Hall of Fame coach was not interested. Jackson has expressed publicly in the past that he is interested in holding a front office position and Knicks took note of that. Jackson was also offered a front office position with the Knicks. A NBA source has reported that the position in question is “more than just a consulting job” and Jackson is to give his decision to the organization sometime next week (per BleacherReport.com).
Jackson has held many coaching positions. In 1984, Jackson won his first title as a coach with the Albany Patroons in the CBA days. In 1987, Jackson was hired as an assistant to Doug Collins for the Chicago Bulls then promoted as the head coach in 1989. Over 9 seasons with the Bulls, he won 6 NBA titles with some guy by the name of Michael Jordan. After the Bulls 6th title win, Jackson vowed to never coach again. Yet, we all know how that came about. In 1999, Jackson became the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakes winning several more championship titles.
Jackson is the coach to go after if an organization wants to turn the team around. With Carmelo Anthony’s decision to explore the free agency pool, the Knicks are very desperate to make moves to keep their all star athlete. Still, as bad as the Knicks have been, Phil Jackson can only do so much. The chemistry on the Knicks just does not flow together. It’s going to be interesting to see just how this organization tries to pull this team together.