After what seemed like weeks of deliberation, rumors that he was possibly leveraging the New York Knicks against the Los Angeles Lakers to get the job he (presumably) really wanted, and a lot of TV and radio discussion, the wait is finally over.
Phil Jackson has formally been announced as the Knicks new president of basketball operations.
News coverage for Phil’s new job, from its early discussions to its formal announcement, has been at an all-time high. You can find plenty of coverage here on Sheridan Hoops:
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Tuesday, New York welcomed its new President home after decades spent elsewhere in the NBA.
— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) March 18, 2014
Jackson, as you’ll remember, spent 11 seasons in New York as a player in the 70s—getting his first two NBA championship rings there. Now, after 11 championships as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, the 68-year-old Zen Master begins a new chapter in his illustrious career, taking a seat in the front office to run the team he once played for as an executive.
Magic Johnson offered congratulations as well as his own nuggets of advice, pointing to two former Laker greats—one a coach, the other a player—as great examples of top-end NBA executives.
Congrats to Knicks Owner Jim Dolan & GM Steve Mills on bringing in a champion and winner like Phil Jackson. — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 18, 2014
All Phil Jackson has to do is look at 2 former players with Laker ties who are 2 of the best NBA executives ever, Pat Riley & Jerry West. — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 18, 2014
Pat Riley & Jerry West set the standard on how to transition from being on the court to the front office. — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 18, 2014
In addition to Magic, a few other former NBA players took turns lauding the Knicks executive hire.
Phil Jackson will surround himself with winners who know how to be successful in their position ! — Kenny Anderson (@chibbs_1) March 18, 2014
Now that Jackson has been confirmed as New York’s president, a new line of questions begin to arise, like, ‘What steps will he take to undo all of the wrong that owner James Dolan has done to right the ship and build a contending team?’
Unfortunately, for all intents and purposes, any progressive change in New York will be at least one, if not two or more years down the line. As he assumes control over the team, we are all left waiting to see if he can, in deed, turn the Knicks around.
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