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Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (68) / 9/17/1945
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 221

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Phil Jackson didn't watch the end of the Knicks' drubbing vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, referring to New York's effort in the third quarter as "really awful."
New York blew a 17-point lead to the Cavaliers on Sunday, and their playoff hopes may have officially ended after allowing the Lakers to score a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter on Tuesday. Jackson has been quietly assessing the team and it's safe to say that a major overhaul is coming this summer, and it could extend to coach Mike Woodson. Mar 26 - 12:55 PM
Source: NY Times

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Knicks owner James Dolan said in Tuesday's press conference that he will "willingly and gratefully" hand over all basketball decision-making responsibilities to Phil Jackson.

Jackson went onto say that he would not have taken the job if he wasn't given full control of the team. He also said he plans to help Carmelo Anthony get to "another level," wants to put together a team with solid fundamentals, such as passing and footwork, and hinted that the Knicks will run the triangle offense. He also said that he'll split time between California and New York City, but that he wants to establish himself in New York. There's a new sheriff in town, and Knicks fans couldn't be happier about it. As for reports that Melo wants to leave the Knicks, we're guessing he could change his mind once he sits down and talks with Jackson.
Mar 18 - 12:55 PM

The Knicks will hold a press conference for "a major announcement" on Tuesday morning.

The announcement is going to be Phil Jackson being named as the Knicks president. Jackson is going to have a lot on his plate to turn around the Knicks, but obviously the Knicks are a lot better sell to a max-contract free agent with Zen Master calling the shots.
Mar 14 - 5:05 PM

Phil Jackson has agreed in principle to take control of the Knicks' basketball operations, according to the New York Post.

Jackson reportedly gave the Knicks a verbal agreement on Saturday, and although current president/GM Steve Mills will stay on in a lesser role, Jackson will assume the 'president' title while trying to rebuild the franchise around Carmelo Anthony. The Zen-master is almost back.
Mar 12 - 10:08 AM

Phil Jackson is likely to accept the Knicks' offer to join their front office, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

"As of right now, it looks like Phil's taking the job," an anonymous source told Broussard. "There's always the possibility of something falling apart at the last minute, but the Knicks' sense is that he's joining them." Jackson has pushed for full decision-making powers in the past and it's probable that he'll have carte blanche to overhaul the Knicks' roster if he does indeed accept the offer -- a final answer is expected within a few days.
Mar 10 - 1:41 PM

Sources tell ESPN that Phil Jackson is "close" to taking a front office job with the New York Knicks as president of basketball operations.

There were reports earlier in the month that James Dolan was attempting to lure Jackson into becoming New York's next head coach, however, Jackson was reportedly not interested in taking that position. Now, new reports have surfaced stating that Phil is close to taking a position in the front offices of New York, which is a move that makes a little more sense. Phil, now 68-years-old with more rings than fingers, would likely give a boost to the Knicks organization wherever he lands, but for now nothing is certain. Stay tuned for more updates on the Zen Master.
Mar 9 - 10:37 AM

Sources tell ESPN that Knicks GM Steve Mills recently met with Phil Jackson about becoming the team's next head coach.

According to Stephen A. Smith, Jackson informed the Knicks that he was not interested in the position at this time. It's no surprise. If the 68-year-old Zen Master is going to coach again, he'd want to take on a roster with far more talent than the one currently sported by the Knicks. And even if they can convince Carmelo Anthony to re-sign this summer, they're a long ways off from title contention no matter who is coaching the team.
Mar 7 - 11:30 AM

Jeanie Buss said "No" when asked whether she thinks her fiancée, Phil Jackson, has coached his last game.

Jackson toyed with joining an NBA front office this summer, particularly eying the Kings if they had moved to Seattle. Jackson also flip-flopped on whether he would coach again, although we imagine he'd return for the right role. Eventually, Jackson appeared to settle into some sort of advisory role with Buss and the Lakers, which she somewhat confirmed in Thursday's radio spot. "I think he's capable of contributing to any organization, but he's always going to give me his opinion," Buss said on L.A. radio. Time will tell if Jackson ends up back on the sideline, but we're guessing he'll be involved in the NBA in some form or fashion for a while.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 03:44:00 PM

The Lakers could find a role for Phil Jackson in the team's front office.

"We discussed some things, me and Mitch in the past couple of weeks, bouncing things around," Jackson said. "That’s been something that has happened." Expect Jackson to continue in his current role, and it's possible the Lakers clear the way to give him an "official title" at some point in the future.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 09:52:00 AM

Phil Jackson reiterated that he has no intention of returning to the sidelines as a coach.

"Sometimes I feel I can still get out there and do it but the reality is I'm kidding myself," he said. "When I was done I knew I was done -- physically it was over," he added. "Even though after I got a knee replacement and a prostatectomy in the last year and a half." Jackson concluded with "I have no intention of coaching," but left the door open for a front office role. When asked about the Lakers, Jackson didn't hold back. "[The Lakers are] going through crisis and if they ask me to come and sit and just listen to what's going on, I'm willing to do that." Lakers fans would readily embrace Jackson in the front office.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 08:03:00 AM

Phil Jackson said Wednesday he sees himself in a role similar to how Tex Winters and Pete Newell finished out their careers.

Winters and Newell ended up as assistant coaches with Winters credited as the inventor of the triangle offense under Jackson. What should be noted is that only a week ago Jackson said he had no interest in coaching again and was more interested in a front office role. Also, it's hard to imagine Jackson subjugating his massive ego and being someone's "helper" or an assistant coach. The one thing that is clear is Jackson appears very much done with retirement.
Wed, May 29, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Phil Jackson said there is "zero" chance of him coaching again, but admitted he wants to be in a GM/team president role.

Remember all of those rumors about Jackson returning to the sidelines? They look laughable now. Regardless, we're sure to hear plenty of other rumblings regarding Jackson's future in the front office after he admitted to having a deal in place with Chris Hansen to join the Sonics if the Kings had wound up moving from Sacramento.
Wed, May 22, 2013 10:54:00 AM

Phil Jackson "was in no rush to embrace Toronto's interest" in bringing him into the front office, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

We never took reports of Jackson being linked to Toronto seriously, and now you know why. The Raptors would have had to go above and beyond to land Jackson, and it was always a long shot scenario at best.
Source: ESPN
Tue, May 21, 2013 11:04:00 AM

Phil Jackson confirmed on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday night that he had interest in joining the Kings' front office if the franchise relocated to Seattle.

The mutual interest between Jackson and Chris Hansen, who headed the group trying to move the Kings, had become one of the league's worst-kept secrets. However, the NBA rejected the move and the Kings were sold to a group that will keep them in Sacramento, which Jackson said doesn't interest him. It also seems unlikely Jackson will be joining the Raptors front office, which had been one of the rumored landing spots for the former Lakers and Bulls coach. One thing that is clear is Jackson is very much interested in returning to the NBA in one form or another. Stay tuned.
Fri, May 17, 2013 04:39:00 PM

Phil Jackson will not be "joining" the Raptors, according to Michael Grange of

To be clear, Granger does not anticipate Jackson being hired in Toronto. "The likelihood of Jackson relocating to Toronto and taking on a full-time role as a club executive are considered remote at this point," according to Grange. Jackson to Toronto continues to look like a long shot despite some reports that have indicated otherwise, and it's looking increasingly likely that Jackson will take plenty of time before potentially re-joining the NBA ranks.
Mon, May 13, 2013 08:42:00 AM

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