Knicks Hire Phil Jackson to Be President of Zen Basketball Operations
Last November, Phil Jackson got passed over for the head coaching job of the Los Angeles Lakers, which must have been pretty awkward for the Zen Master seeing as how the team is run by his fiancée, Jeanie Buss.
Now I imagine things between them are going to get even more awkward.
Though the exact details have yet to be announced, the New York Knicks have officially hired Jackson to be their new president of basketball operations. The terms of the deal are still unknown, but you can be sure the guy who won 11 NBA championships as a head coach is going to have a lot of power and a lot of money.
How much money? Well, some reports have indicated his deal could be worth in excess of $15 million. That’s not a lot for a player, but it’s a hell of a lot for a glorified general manager—especially one with no experience making personnel decisions.
Don’t get me wrong, from a PR point of view this move is a slam dunk by the Knicks. Jackson is a smart guy and, more importantly, a winner. However, he has never hired a coach or drafted a player, so there’s bound to be a learning curve.
One thing’s for sure, though. For a team as bad as the Knicks, even hiring Phil Jackson to be the equipment manager would have helped.
Hat Tip – [CBS]