Phil Jackson is back in New York, providing the Knicks stability, championship-building ideas and a link to the franchise’s best days.
Now they need him to get some good players.
Jackson was introduced Tuesday as team president of the Knicks, in the midst of another difficult season and with no easy path to a quick fix.
But Jackson has won here before, done plenty of it since and says a couple of years off have left him ready to take on what might be his toughest challenge, turning this dysfunctional franchise into a champion again.
“It would be a capstone on the remarkable career that I’ve had,” Jackson said.
Jackson was a member of the Knicks’ title teams in 1970 and 1973, and they haven’t won since. He went on to win 11 championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.
This will be his first time as an executive and the Knicks say he will be in charge of all basketball decisions. Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan said he “willingly and gratefully” is stepping back to give Jackson the power to make the changes. Associated Press
I’ll have more to say in a column slated for tomorrow but the Knicks have made a solid move that has a better chance of working out than failing miserably.
If you would like to hear more from Phil Jackson, check out this interview conducted by ESPN’s Michael Kay. – AL
Featured image courtesy of Phil Jackson/Twitter.