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Report: Phil Jackson’s camp doesn’t believe agreement with Knicks is close

Mar 10, 2014, 8:44 PM EDT

The New York Knicks’ dance with Phil Jackson, despite previous reports, seemingly won’t end soon.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

There is a theory Jackson is just negotiating with the Knicks in order to secure a job with a better-positioned team – AKA a team that’s not in danger of losing its best player this summer, not capped out, not void of so many future first-round picks – AKA any other team.

If that’s the case, it makes sense Jackson delays the deal. He must give other teams, the Lakers or otherwise, a chance to realize he’s in demand and respond with their own offers.

Maybe becoming the Knicks’ president would be Jackson’s fallback option, or maybe he’s just posturing interest. Either way, if he’s at least eying a better job, he must wait this out.

For the Knicks, they’d probably want to get Jackson acclimated as long before the draft and offseason as possible. So, if they want Jackson, they should apply a little pressure to get this done sooner than later. But there’s no guarantee they’ll do what makes sense, anyway.

  1. pudgalvin - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    What team would he want though? The Magic maybe? Sixers are certainly best positioned for Phil to make the team like he wants. I just don’t see a team that is ready to redo their managment in a market Phil wants to be in.

    • ewyorksockexchange - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      I agree. The sixers JUST hired Hinke this past offseason to blow the team up and rebuild it in his own way. Unless Phil is cool with just being an advisor or an assistant GM, there’s no way he’s landing in Philly. Ownership and Hinke aren’t about to change their new GM and President.

  2. jzone954 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Canton Bounds team…

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:05 AM

      Yes it is, through good & bad, bandwagon clown!

  3. beagle11 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Dan Feldman, how is it not a good job? As long as he can keep that monkey of an owner out of his way it would be the ideal job. For all of his well documented buffoonery, Dolan has shown a propensity to spend. They have more projected cap space than anyone coming in 2015 and a bunch of expiring deals to trade if he chooses to go that route. The only real negative is being devoid of draft picks, bur I think cap space is far more valuable than picks. The cavs have been picking at the too of the draft since Lebron left and what has it gotten them? Kyrie Irvinng (obviously a stud), a handful of below average to average rotation men, and 11th in the East.

  4. beach305 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    The knock on Phil (if there is one), is that he has never been part of a “rebuilding” effort. It would interesting to see if he can turn around the team in the nations #1 market. I expect that he could, but it will take at least until the 2016 season for him to get some stars and another two years to jell. Remember he’s not coaching, so don’t expect a title the first or second year. This is a long term situation and I wonder if he will feel have the same enthusiasm after two years with his health and all.

    What Phil, brings is recruitment power.

    As a Miami Heat fan, there is nothing better than a NY-Miami rivalry.

    Sorry Bulls fans, but your heated rivalry is one way. You guys are more like pest.

    • mcjon22 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      Dude, the Knicks have been terrible for a decade. Take that Tim Hardaway jersey off and come into the 21st century

    • musician0785 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      The year before (2005) Phil started his 2nd tenure with the Lakers they had missed the playoffs and were in the lottery, in 2006 he took a team with Smush Parker, Chucky Atkins, Vladmir Radmanovic, Lamar Odom, Chris Mihm, Kwame Brown and Kobe to the playoffs, 2 years later that team was in the finals…..Thats not a rebuilding effort?

      • suntea98 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        Personally, I DONT see how you consider THAT rebuilding….with KOBE in his prime that is a DEFINITE playoff team with a LOT of coaches…….LEBRON took a team not NEARLY as talented as the one you mention ……to the FINALS….

        How far did he take that particular team?(you dont mention so I guess not very far)….and then you say “two yrs later in the finals”…….Shouldn’t that read: “two years and ONE SHAQ later……in the finals”…

      • suntea98 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        Not EVEN CLOSE to rebuilding in Phil’s career……not saying he is not a good coach because his titles speak for themselves…..

        but with KOBE,SHAQ,JORDAN, and PIPPEN(four of NBA’s greatest ever)…..couldn’t a LOT of coaches win with that?

      • musician0785 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        Shaq left after the 2004 season so how could shaq have been there 2 years later to go to the finals?
        Oh and lebron took a team to the finals THRU THE EAST, Toronto was the 3 seed that year….so that tells you everything you need to know about the strength of that conference in that year
        Lets follow Phil time line from the 2ND time he took over the lakers

        2005 Lottery
        2006 8th seed lost to the suns 4-2
        2007 lost to the suns 4-2
        2008 Finals
        2009 Championship
        2010 championship

        so a guy took a team from the lottery to the finals and THAT isnt a rebuild?

      • musician0785 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        Coaches that didnt win with shaq, kobe, mj or pippen

        Doug Collins
        Del Harris
        Kurt Rambis
        Rudy Tomjanovich
        Rick Adelman
        Mike Brown
        Mike D’antoni
        Stan van gundy

    • suntea98 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      he turns that team around BEFORE 2020…..I give him MY greatest EVER accolades……..Phil has pretty much CHERRY PICKED winning situations throughout his career……..if he can turn THAT TEAM around BEFORE 2020……I shut up and give him GREATEST EVER***

      **** not just making playoffs in a SUPER WEAK eastern conference…….actually turning them into CHAMPIONSHIP level contenders……just making playoffs in the east is not particularly meaningful…..

  5. rushbacker - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Translation; “Yeeea, I’m probably gonna need a couple more million per to take on the perpetual dumpster fire you have here.”

  6. dolphindubs - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    PED’s!

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:06 AM

      Where did you see anything about LeBron?

  7. campcouch - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    I wonder what my camp thinks. Gotta find my cat.

  8. velocirep - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Having one of the best players to ever play (Kobe) in his prime with Lamar odom in his prime and a talented rookie center in Bynum is not exactly rebuilding. Kobe could drag a bag of players to the playoffs himself. Compare that to the 76ers and reassess what’s considered a rebuild. They also had solid role players to work with. That’s the roster philjax walked into, with picks and a budget twice as large as any other team.
    Philjax hasn’t rebuilt squat.
    Good eye for success though. Maybe he sees something in New York that we don’t.

    • musician0785 - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      so if the team doesnt completely stink its not a rebuild? The team was in the lottery and 2 years laer they were in the finals…..thats a rebuild

      • suntea98 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        Definition of a rebuild: NOT HAVING ONE OF the 10 greatest of all time to rebuild around…….if you have KOBE,BRON,SHAQ,JORDAN………is never really a rebuild since those guys ALONE could take a WNBA team to the nba playoffs ……The Knicks? THAT WOULD be a REBUILD……

      • suntea98 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Phils whole career has REVOLVED around KOBE,JORDAN,SHAQ,PIPPEN…….how do you EVER HAVE to rebuild with those guys ALWAYS on his teams……

      • suntea98 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        you added Shaq to an ALREADY GREAT Kobe and you think THAT is rebuilding?

      • musician0785 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        No team wins without a Star or 2, so this notion that it wasnt a rebuild because of kobe is RIDICULOUS, they were in the lottery in 2005, the lottery…..oh yea and kobe was on that team…and led the league in scoring and they were in the lottery, theres more to it than having a great player….

    • musician0785 - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      budget? its a salary cap league, what the hell does budget have to do with on the court

  9. davidly - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    In the parlance of PBT, “as I told you already,” (see link) this ain’t happenin’:
    http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/08/report-phil-jackson-leaning-toward-accepting-offer-to-become-knicks-president/

  10. imakcds - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    I appreciate what Jackson has done in his career and for the Lakers, but I will say this:
    He sure knows how to make himself some cash, even if he has retired 2 or 3 times already.
    And he ain’t shy about stoking the flames to sell his books.
    I don’t want him back with the Lakers, if that’s being considered.

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