Phil Jackson is faced with the daunting task of recapturing the former glory of the New York Knicks. The legendary NBA head coach has been hired to run the show in the front office as the team’s president of basketball operations. However, he’ll have arguably his toughest job ahead of him that he’s ever been presented over his storied history in the league.
Jackson will meet years of bad decisions, a team that’s over the luxury tax and still likely not making the playoffs this season, and facing their biggest star possibly leaving town this summer as he becomes a free-agent.
Carmelo Anthony potentially leaving the Knicks and signing elsewhere is undeniably the biggest story of New York this summer in free agency. The first thought about the Jackson signing is that it might aid the organization in hanging on to the star forward. However, that’s not the only impact that Jackson’s arrival in the Knicks’ front office could have on the team’s ventures in free agency.
According to a report from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, a source close to LeBron James has said that Jackson’s presence in New York has swayed the reigning MVP to at least “look at” the Knicks as a potential free agency destination. Isola’s source added that there’s “no way” that LeBron would have considered New York without Jackson running the show.
Arguably the most important bit from the report is the source saying that Jackson is going to have to “build something first” before LeBron would sign there. That seems obvious to a certain degree, but it’s important to realize that Phil Jackson alone isn’t going to bring James to New York.
As we’ve all known for a while now, this summer is going to get a little crazy in regards to free agency. The star players throughout the league that will have the opportunity to find a new home alone make it that way. However, the arrival of Jackson with the Knicks only serves to spice things up a bit more.