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Rumor: Knicks may make $50 million offer to Phil Jackson

Apr 25, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire may want Mike Woodson back — especially ‘Melo — but that likely is not what Knicks ownership is thinking in terms of who coaches the Knicks next year.

Check out this rumor from the Journal Times in Racine.

If the New York Knicks don’t advance beyond the first round of the playoffs, I’m hearing they’ll make a major — repeat, major — push to lure legendary coach Phil Jackson out of retirement. With money being no object, the scuttlebutt is the Knicks brass may offer the “Zen Master” a four-year, $50 million deal.

First off, while that is major money, it’s not really more than he made at his peak during his second stint with the Lakers, when he pulled $12 million a year. (At the request of owner Jerry Buss Jackson took a pay cut his last season.)

There is a buzz around the idea of Phil Jackson to the Knicks — owner James Dolan wants to win and wants to make a splash and this would be the biggest splash there is. Jackson was a player on the last Knicks team to win a title in 1973 and has long had an affinity for the city. He brings 11 rings. Of course, also he brings an offensive system that is a questionable fit for the roster (especially if they go after Steve Nash).

But I still think that the physical grind on Jackson was too much last time around. Just watching him that last season with the Lakers, I don’t think he wants to come back and be a head coach anymore. His health and ability to enjoy all that money he already has earned matters to him and I think wins out in the end.

The Knicks may flirt with others — John Calipari, maybe — but may well end up back at Woodson. Who has done a good job getting the Knicks to play defense. He has earned another crack at this. And he comes in at a better price than Jackson.

  1. cakemixa - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Phil Jackson rumors might be worse than Brett Favre rumors.

    • trollaikman8 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Nothing is worse than Brett Favre rumors.

      • gmen4life33 - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:18 PM


      • gmsingh - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        Brett Favre should coach the Knicks–how hard is it to say “Let Melo shoot as many times as he wants”?

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    It’s not an object to Dolan, because he passes the costs on to Cablevision customers and starts up this nonsense with Time Warner every year for those of us fortunate not to be stuck with Cablevision here in NY.

  3. larrybrown43 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I see a destination in Miami in the cards for Phil & Jenny. Signed: The 8 Ball. Riley and Jackson join forces.

    The Knicks are hopeless.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      You wish. Shouldn’t have hitched yourself to that bandwagon before coming to your senses and realizing that Spoelstra is a joke and you have a starting five of Flop Artists and the King Choke Artist — all rolled into one, which means NO CHAMPIONSHIPS EVER FOR THIS SQUAD.

    • SmackSaw - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM


      LBJ: “Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4…”

      Not any.

    • gmen4life33 - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      Yea, a team that’s 15-5 (while facing their hardest schedule stretch) in their last 20, even though 2 starters have been out, is hopeless.

    • davidly - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:37 AM

      People can laugh if they want (‘cuz’in everybody cain’t stand da Heat), but it would be an ideal place for sort of a retooled Treble-Point Brouhaha SystemTM. And order outta chaos kind of a thing. They could even bring in the ghost of Buddy Ryan to implement a 46 defense.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM


    • jrillah10 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      You have absolutely no clue. Do just get on here to blab about nothing?

      • jrillah10 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        Do *you

      • gmen4life33 - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        I wouldnt say he is a hack, but he isnt an above average in-game coach either. He is the BEST recruiter/salesmen, which makes him a good “coach” in NCAA, but with the NBA salary cap he wont have to ability to get the 5 best players every year

  5. marcusfitzhugh - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    The “Journal News in Milwaukee”? And they have the inside scoop on basketball decisions in Manhattan? I’ve gotta ask – Is Spreewell (Milwaukee’s Finest) somehow involved?

  6. therealhtj - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    I wouldn’t bank on him coaching again. Dude looked totally disinterested in his last season with the Lakers.

  7. doctorfootball - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I don’t believe for a second that Jackson is coming back to coaching. Phil Jackson has been rumored to be going to the Knicks for years. It’s not happening.

    • dedalus13 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      mmmh how much do you get out of a 4 year, 50 Mbucks contract after, say, 1 disappointing season? I m sure that any ballpark figures seem ok

  8. tigers182 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Wow, a New York team throwing money at the biggest name they can find rather than finding their own guy. Who’d a thunk it?

  9. mijoh20 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Not buying it. Thing about it is if Jax comes here, it means a complete front office shakeup. He will want full control, not to mention BIG $$$. In addition to Woody, the new NYK GM would probably be gone too. And don’t forget about the headbutting that will DEFINITELY happen with Jax and Dolan. So, it’s not just a matter of bringing in Jax, it’s a matter of tossing out all of the front office continuity that the NYK have finally developed. What happens on the court is just part of it. It would be a total crap shoot that would not be guaranteed to work at all. You have to also realize that Jordan, Pippen, Shaq, or Kobe will make anyone a great coach. At best, the team would take a step or two backwards, maybe not even make the playoffs for a couple years, until things settle down again. Will the NYC tabloids be prepared to deal with that? I think not. I say stay with what we got and see what a full season of stability will bring. This would create a soap opera for no good reason.

  10. stayhigh_247 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    I wonder how fast SMU would fire Larry Brown if Phil said he wanted that job…

  11. jumbossportsblog - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  12. moagecu - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Desperate much?

  13. AlohaMrHand - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Phil had MJ in Chicago the greatest Ayer in the history of the game.He had Shaq and Kobe in LA and won 5 titles there with those two greats.Name one player on the Knicks you’d want to build your team around……exactly .Phil is staying in Montana

    • davidly - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:58 AM

      You’ll probably squeak by, Spicolli: What if they offer him 50 mil to coach the second half of the home games?

  14. 11jlacy - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Phil n nash with the knicks thats a fire connection if it was to happen

  15. dysraw1 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    this whole story has no merit Phil came he saw he won titles, if Dolan thinks will get him to come back think again. maybe in an advisitory roll, but manning the sidelines i dont think so.

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