Jackson, Knicks reportedly agree in principle on deal
Phil Jackson has agreed in principle to oversee the Knicks basketball operations and will be named team president by week’s end, the New York Post reports.
Knicks president/general manager Steve Mills will remain with the team in a revised role and work with Jackson, according to the report.
Jackson, who last coached the Lakers in 2011, won 11 titles during his coaching career with the Bulls and Lakers. Jackson was passed over by the Lakers in 2012 to return as coach.
"I’ve done my coaching, and I think I’ve put that aside," Jackson said in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports Live. "I don’t think that you have to coach. I think that your influence can be beyond coaching."
Jackson spent the first 10 years of his 12-year playing career with the Knicks, helping them win their only two titles in 1970 and ’73.
"I don’t even know what’s going on with that," Carmelo Anthony said last week. "Nobody came to me with that."
Anthony is expected to opt out of his current deal with the Knicks and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.