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5 Takeaways from New York Knicks President Phil Jackson’s Daily News Exclusive

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5 Takeaways from Phil Jackson's Daily News Exclusive

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Phil Jackson sent shock waves through the NBA by returning to the league he dominated as a coach, winning 11 titles. His decision to return to the struggling New York Knicks as team president, where he started his playing career, came as a bit of a surprise. A few months later, Jackson described why he came back to the Big Apple in an exclusive article with the New York Daily News on Friday. Here are five takeaways from what he had to say.

5. Irving Azoff Deserves Another Thank You

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5. Irving Azoff Deserves Another Thank You

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As New York Knicks owner James Dolan did a million times at Jackson's introductory press conference, Jackson acknowledged Azoff as being the one to introduce him to Dolan. As the two continued to meet, Jackson stressed he would need to know everything going on with the team if he were to take a role. Azoff piped in and suggested they make him president, and now look at what happened! So, thanks, Irving!

4. The New York Knicks Will Become More of a Team

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4. The New York Knicks Will Become More of a Team

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Jackson noted that when he talked to the players after the season that they were friends off the court but couldn't get things to gel on it. When things weren't going so well, they relied on their star Carmelo Anthony and couldn't find ways to win as a team. Being able to work with this team from the ground up is a challenge he wants to take on. There will be a system and everybody will play a part. Leaders will need to step up.

3. Jackson Likes Steve Mills

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3. Jackson Likes Steve Mills

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Jackson also mentioned general manager Steve Mills. He said that he Mills is a smart man and when they first met they immediately had a chemistry to go along with some good ideas for the future of the Knicks. The relationship between the general manager and the president, the two people who make the most important basketball decisions, will be key down the road. We know now that their relationship is getting off to a good start.

2. Jackson Asked for Full Control and Got It

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2. Jackson Asked for Full Control and Got It

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Another thing Jackson mentioned that he liked about Mills was the fact that he was willing to give up his duties as president to him. As stated before, Jackson told Dolan he would need to know what happened within the organization every day. He wanted as much control and knowledge as possible. That, and million per year, is what he got. Now the Knicks are in the Zenmaster's hands.

1. Jackson Loves New York

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1. Jackson Loves New York

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Jackson talked about the city, stating you can hide in your own world in Los Angeles but in New York you have "shoulder-to-shoulder" contact with everybody there, stating it is "invigorating". This is a city we all love, and so does Phil Jackson: "What matters now is waking up every morning and getting a chance to do something I’ve always dreamed of: re-awakening the team that Red Holzman built, the team that changed my life forever."