Phil Jackson will return in the NBA with the Knicks for next season, but as the President of Basketball Operations



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Phil Jackson will be returning in the NBA for the New York Knicks for next season.

But not as a head coach for the Knicks, as first reported, instead as the new President of Basketball Operations of the team.


ESPN reported Tuesday that Jackson, who has won a record 11 NBA titles as a coach, is near to concluding a deal to become the Knicks basketball operations boss for next season.

The US-based sports news network, citing unnamed sources, said the Knicks were confident they would have final details sorted out this week and an announcement of a deal by next week.

Jackson, 68, retired as a coach in May of 2011 after having guided the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s and the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA crowns from 2000-2010.

Jackson replacing Steve Mills

Jackson would replace Steve Mills, who was named president and general manager of the Knicks last September.

Knicks president/general manager Mills will remain on board in a revised role and work with Jackson. 

Knicks owner James Dolan hired Mills this season because of his vast network of contacts with NBA agents and GMs.

Knicks woose this season

The Knicks have been a flop this season at 25-40, 3.5 games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks are currently at the 10th spot behind 9th place Detroit Pistons.

The team also has superstar Carmelo Anthony looking at free agency after this season, although having Jackson in the fold could entice talent to the Knicks that might have had second thoughts given their struggles this season.

Jackson played for the Knicks from 1967-1978 and helped the team win its most recent NBA crown in 1973.

--- with reports from Agence France Presse

Phil Jackson will return in the NBA with the Knicks for next season, but as the President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson will return in the NBA with the Knicks for next season, but as the President of Basketball Operations Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 3/12/2014 Rating: 5

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