Phil Jackson is viewed as a savior of sorts in the NBA, and multiple reports say he’s ready to get back in the game.
Jackson, 68, has reportedly been offered an executive position with the New York Knicks. A league source told the New York Daily News that Jackson is expected to make a decision on the offer next week.
He won 11 titles as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, but told FOX Sports Live two months ago he does not want to return to the sidelines. Instead, he is said to be seeking an executive job similar to that of Miami Heat president Pat Riley.
Jackson, 68, was contacted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets last summer, but turned away those overtures, as they centered on coaching.
The Knicks aren’t expected to be Jackson’s only suitor. Any team considering changes to the front office will almost definitely get in touch.
"There are winners and losers in the NBA, and a lot of people are trying to reclaim their position or change their culture or whatever," Jackson told USA Today. "So yeah, there is (opportunity). I’ve had conversations. Some of them are feelers: ‘Are you interested?’ type of thing."
Jackson has never held a front-office job, although he’s spent part of this season advising Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, with whom Jackson has developed a friendship.
Also, Jackson was expected to take an executive role with Seattle had the Sacramento Kings moved there prior to the season.
As for coaching, Jackson has repeatedly said he’s not interested.
"I’ve done my coaching, and I think I’ve put that aside," he said in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports Live in January. "I don’t think that you have to coach. I think that your influence can be beyond coaching."
Jackson led the Michael Jordan and the Bulls to six titles in the 1990s, and Kobe Bryant and the Lakers to five from 1999-2010. As a player, Jackson was a member of the 1972-73 NBA champion Knicks.