New York Knicks Rumors: Phil Jackson Purportedly Turns Down Coaching Offer

By Kellin Bliss
Phil Jackson
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In yet another embarrassing storyline of the New York Knicks‘ failed season, rumors are abound that general manager Steve Mills had reached out to coaching legend Phil Jackson about becoming the next coach in New York. You can only imagine how much of Jackson’s disinterest in the position was conveyed from the Hall-of-Famer to the GM of the Knicks, but it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Jackson having to hold back a laugh or two.

There is absolutely nothing enjoyable or enticing about becoming the coach of the Knicks. Even when things are going well, you can find reasons, especially with this current cast of players donning the NY blue, that coaching in New York is not an intriguing job. It’s unknown exactly what Mills’ pitch was to Jackson, but the scenarios were likely as followed:

  • Come coach Carmelo Anthony to his first NBA Championship
  • Come coach, we will make you the highest paid coach, ever
  • Come coach, New York is the most profitable franchise and can attract any free agent
  • Come coach, we will let you make the personnel decisions too
  • Come coach, we are desperate

Jackson has already coached Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant to multiple NBA Championships; why would Anthony be of any interest to Jackson? Jackson isn’t short of money and could become the highest paid coach on any team. New York does not attract free agents; free agents have tended to steer clear of New York lately, in fact. The personnel decisions may be exciting for Jackson, but again, any team can and would offer this to him to get the 68-year-old zen master out of retirement.

The Knicks are desperate, and there is no chance of them bringing in a coach of Jackson’s caliber. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose by coming to New York.

Kellin Bliss is a New York Knicks writer for Follow him on Twitter or “Like” him on Facebook.

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