There is something that brings people to Phil Jackson. Something about the Zen Master’s aura is what led him to teams that were headed by Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Eleven championships and a world of playing and head coaching experience is what Jackson is bringing to the New York Knicks‘ front office. Jackson thrives with people who he thinks are champions, which is why the Knicks will let go of Carmelo Anthony and begin pursuit of LeBron James.
Prior to James signing with the Miami Heat, there was some speculation James could land with the Knicks. The hype surrounding him was nearly insurmountable when he crushed Knicks’ fans hopes and dreams to play with his buddies Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach. A few years later, both James and Anthony’s contracts are running out. Both players can opt out at the end of the 2014 season. Both have player options for the 2015 season.
A scenario which Anthony and James opting out after this season and New York going hard after James is very possible. With Jackson at the helm, there would be a better likelihood that James signs with the Knicks. He would be signing with the Jackson brand without the tethers of James Dolan and Steve Mills.
Obviously, it is a long shot for the Knicks to even think of the possibilities of James coming to the Big Apple. Anthony could lead the Knicks back into the playoffs and after the season they have been having, how could you not try to re-sign him?
James would be nice, but there is a high possibility he would not hit the market until 2015 when even the Knicks have a better shot at James along with Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo.
Having Jackson in the front office allows New York to gain a bigger advantage at getting these highly marketable and talented free agents.
If James is out of the picture for next season, you could always wish for Kevin Durant in 2016.