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5 Reasons Why Phil Jackson Should Avoid a Return to the NBA

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Phil Jackson Should Avoid a Return to the NBA
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Phil Jackson is one of the most successful coaches in NBA history. He has put a stamp on two separate NBA dynasties and is currently looking at trying his hand at building another. Jackson has been offered a front office role with the New York Knicks and is, reportedly, seriously considering it. It would be in his best interest, however, to decline the offer. Here are five reasons why the "Zen Master" should just say "no."

5. The New York Spotlight Just Isn't Worth It

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5. The New York Spotlight Just Isn't Worth It

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Mike Woodson can attest to this. The media attention that would come with a high-profile name like Jackson taking a job with a high-profile team like the Knicks would be unbearable.

4. Rebuilding the Knicks Will Be Difficult

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4. Rebuilding the Knicks Will Be Difficult

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James Dolan can attest to this. He has made a mess of things in the Big Apple, and Jackson would be in charge of cleaning it up. Jackson would have a difficult time finding talent to build around Carmelo Anthony (assuming he stays with the Knicks).

3. Increasingly Impatient Fanbase

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3. Increasingly Impatient Fanbase

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The Knicks haven't won a title since the 1970s. They haven't been a true contender since the 1990s. There will be a lot of angst amongst the fans if Jackson doesn't deliver right away.

2. No Superstars On The Roster

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2. No Superstars On The Roster

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In the NBA today, you need stars to win titles. Carmelo Anthony is, at best, a borderline superstar, and he is already unhappy with the direction of the franchise. With very little payroll flexibility, it will be difficult for Jackson to recruit elite talent to New York.

1. Why Put Your Legacy At Risk?

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1. Why Put Your Legacy At Risk?

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When you think of Phil Jackson, you think of success. After all, in his worst season as a coach, his Lakers team still won 42 games. What does he have to gain by taking the Knicks job? Phil Jackson already has his place in NBA history, and there is just no need to risk a blemish to his impeccable resume trying to be a miracle worker in New York.