After just a few days with a front office job offer on the table, Phil Jackson will reportedly accept and join the New York Knicks. That’s the story Chris Broussard is telling at the moment. So, what does it mean for the Knicks? Furthermore, what does it mean for Jackson?
For the Knicks, this is a great deal. The franchise is in desperate need of a culture change, and Jackson is just the guy to aid that process. If nothing else, he can help put this current Knicks team in a better position to win games. Fans in New York will want the moon, but that’s just not realistic in the near future. There simply won’t be enough money to make the necessary changes until some larger contracts come off the books.
But if the 13-time NBA champ does take the reins of the Knicks franchise, the team will get better.
For Jackson, this will be a new and different chapter in his long storied career. He had a good run as a player, winning two titles, and we all know about his success as a head coach. A role in the front office is the next logical step. Will he be as good upstairs as he was on the court? It’s really anyone’s guess, because being good at one of those jobs, doesn’t mean you’ll be good at the other.
However, we are talking about one of the greatest basketball minds of all time. I believe the Zen Master will be up to the task, just like he always has been. At the same time, you can argue that this is his toughest challenge yet, or at least in a long time. There aren’t two future hall-of-famers on the Knicks.
Could Jackson damage his legacy with a failed run in the Big Apple? Maybe a little. But again, coaching and front office work are two completely different animals. Personally, I can’t wait to see if he can transform New York back into a winner. Even if you don’t like the Knicks, the game as a whole is better when they’re winning.