The most decorated coach in the history of the game will soon take control of the New York Knicks’ basketball operations department. According to an ESPN report by Chris Broussard, Phil Jackson and the Knicks will finalize a deal sometime this week.
Jackson, 68, played 10 seasons in the league with the Knicks. He had been a member of the club during their two NBA titles in the 1970 and 1973 seasons. Jackson will return to his first professional team with 11 more titles as coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers.
During his tenure as coach of the Lakers, Jackson was known for inviting some of his former players to join the team like Ron Harper and Brian Shaw. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Jackson plans on hiring former Bulls guard Steve Kerr as the next head coach of the Knicks.
Kerr, 48, is currently a television analyst for the NBA on Turner Sports. Outside of his basketball-playing career, he had also been a general manager for the Phoenix Suns from 2007 to 2010. Ironically, Kerr has front office experience and Jackson has coaching experience, yet they may possibly work on reversing roles in New York.
The addition of Jackson and Kerr would not only add more star appeal to a big city team with high hopes of dominating the league, but it would also continue a great bond of two colleagues who have experienced the lifestyle of being a player, coach and general manager.