Phil Jackson In 2012

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This from Marc Berman:

Jackson, who is still best friends with Bill Bradley, interviewed with Isiah Thomas and James Dolan for the position in 2005 but passed, instead rejoining the Lakers.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh is committed to coach Mike D’Antoni through next season, when his contract expires. If a bored Jackson makes himself a free agent, the Knicks would be a strong candidate, especially since Dolan would be the likeliest owner to lavish Jackson with a massive contract.

It sounds like a political rally cry, doesn’t it? Unfortunately the hiring of a coach is anything but democratic, and so this all depends on how bored Jackson gets, how his hips and knees respond to a weight-loss program he plans on going through this summer, and whether or not the Knicks can make the proper personnel moves to transform the team into a legitimate contender (aka capable of beating Miami in a playoff series). Before being swept in Dallas, I figured this was Phil’s final run. But him going down like he did, as soon as he did, surely placed a bad taste in Jackson’s mouth. If he were to come back who knows how long the resurrection would last. The man would be in his late 60’s with a creaky body. He’s never walked into a situation without surveying the landscape and deciding the state of whichever team he’d coach could win immediately. There’s no patience to grow and the implant of a triangle offense with Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and whoever else could take time. But no Knicks fan could say no to a former one of their own on the sidelines. It’d be a storybook ending to a most storybook career, and that 12th ring would certainly be a sweet one.

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