Earlier today I looked at the news that broke that the New York Knicks reportedly talked to Phil Jackson about the head coaching position.
Apparently the Knicks are taking that one step forward.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that the Knicks have offered Jackson a job in their front office and he’s expected to make his decision next week.
Jackson has met with Knicks owner James Dolan about rejoining the franchise for which he won two championships during his playing career. The position would entail more than just consulting, a source tells Isola, though it’s unclear exactly what sort of role Jackson would play.
The Zen Master has said on multiple occasions of late that a front office position would be more appealing to him than a coaching job, and he was apparently in line to run the basketball operations for the Kings if they had moved to Seattle last season.
It could be interesting to see how this relationship would work out should Jackson choose to accept the position as he is a very outspoken personality and Dolan likes to keep his front office personnel’s lips zipped (see Steve Mills).
However the hiring of Jackson could spell the end to the Carmelo Anthony era in New York as Jackson isn’t Melo’s biggest fan, going as far to call both Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire “clumsy” last year.
It is worth noting that Jackson would be leery of working for Dolan, a source tells Marc.