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Report: Phil Jackson expected to finalize contract with Knicks by end of week

Mar 11, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

As the Phil Jackson turns.

Another day, another report.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

As a reminder, here’s what Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported yesterday:

Maybe this just comes down to how you define “close.” Is the end of the week “close”?

If that’s not the issue, I’m intrigued by two of most prominent NBA reporters essentially reporting opposite scenarios. Both, to some degree, are putting their reputations on the line.

No matter what Jackson decides, I look forward to reading his version of this saga in his next book. Should make for an interesting chapter.

  1. smoothaswilkes - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    ” Both, to some degree, are putting their reputations on the line.”

    No. No they are not. Broussard has a well known reputation for getting it wrong, while Woj is known for the exact opposite. There is no reason why to believe that won’t hold up here. So, No. They are putting their reputations on the line, at all.

    • adoombray - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Thank you. Woj in particular will throw anything up against the wall to see if it would stick.

      This is all a smoke and mirrors publicity stunt until proven otherwise. Philly J has really gotta stop the attention seeking behavior, there’s no reason a decision should take this long unless he already knows he is turning it down. He could write his own contract for any team in the league in any role he wanted and everyone knows it.

      • dakotaandotter - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        I was about to give you a thumbs up until I read your last sentence. You really think he can have Pat Riley’s job for the asking?

      • adoombray - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Actually Dakota, Yeah, he probably could have Pat Rileys job, and negotiate whatever contract language he likes. Pat Riley would do the same thing, he’d take on a different title and write whatever contract language he liked. I doubt the two men are interested in working together, but even the biggest Miami Heat fanatic in the world would be ecstatic and falling over themselves of Phil Jackson wanted to be a part of their organization.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        ” there’s no reason a decision should take this long”

        Sometimes negotiating a contract takes a while. It could take weeks.

      • kinggw - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        That is an asinine statement. Phil Jackson is the guy you call if you have a stacked team looking to win a title. He’s good at managing egos.

        Jackson has never been a GM, never put together a team and there is nothing to suggest he’d be any good at it. We know nothing about how he evaluates talent. I don’t necessarily think he’d be horrible, but its ridiculous to assume he’d have the same success he had as a coach. Even the most ardent Jackson supporter should be able to admit most of his success as a coach can be attributed to the once in a generation players he’s coached rather than his coaching acumen.

  2. JT - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    The Knicks are using Phil for positive publicity , looking at this terrible season, Phil won’t be able to save Melo from leaving Knicks fans, Dolan doesn’t have a clue anyways.

    • RavenzGunnerz - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      ugh… visited that page, that awful top nav when you scroll though… kinda annoying.

      • JT - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Working on fixing it

    • adoombray - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      It’s too bad you had to link to your blog that I’m not clicking specifically because you asked me to click it, because I agreed with the rest of what you said.

      • JT - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        You don’t have to click, but thanks for agreeing 👍

    • antistratfordian - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      I don’t know how Melo can leave Phil Jackson. He’d be crazy to.

      • JT - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        You can’t trust Dolan man.. And Phil won’t be coaching. No cap space.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        Phil doesn’t have to be coaching – he has a bag of 11 rings he can throw on the table. Melo sees that and stays.

        Where else is Melo going to go where he can be guided by such a legendary winner? He can’t go to Miami. San Antonio is in Texas, so no. He’s staying with Phil Jackson. LeBron would tell him to stay with Phil Jackson. Chris Paul would tell him to stay with Phil Jackson. Kobe Bryant would tell him to stay with Phil Jackson.

      • JT - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        I love Phil, but Dolan can’t be trusted and the Bulls have a better roster and coaching staff already in place. The Knicks won’t have money until 15-16 season.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Well he’s hiring Phil Jackson – so if you didn’t trust him then, you might start now. That is a huge win.

        And the Bulls have their own problems with ownership (cheap) – plus, who on the Bulls can stand up and say, “I know how to lead a team to a championship because I’ve done it 10 times before”?

      • JT - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Yeah that’s cool, but does Melo want to wait another whole year after this season?
        The Knicks have Chandler, Andrea and Amare taking a lot of cap. Also with a lot of other players I don’t feel like naming. Phil is a good PR move, but who knows how much say so he will really have in NY.
        Also he’s never been a GM only a coach . Yes, he has 13 rings (12 coach player and cBa ) , but that doesn’t mean it’s going to translate to success as a front office member.

  3. legend30 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    I’ll give it two weeks… But the fact he’s willing to work with James Dolan instead of Jim Buss tells you everything about Jim Buss.

    • badge3832 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Actually he was willing to work with Jim Buss. Buss hired Mike D’Antoni instead.

  4. azarkhan - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Surely money can’t be the issue. A Zen master has no need for money.

  5. chiadam - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    great hire. well, other than the president of a new York team deciding he’d just as soon do the job from California.

  6. shuttaman1990 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Chris Broussard sources.

    Lakers All day.

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Mike D’Antoni is staying. Lol

      • shuttaman1990 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        keep telling yourself that, you got the same sources as Broussard? LMAO

        Lakers all day

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Griffin just dunked on your sorry team again

      • shuttaman1990 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        with no rings tho? when he getting some?
        Loser keep boasting about some meaningless crap cuz they still wont get no rings while we will at least get another one by the end of this decade chump.

        Lakers all day, kiss our rings cantonbound. Yes you may shine our shoes sucka.

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        Dust them off first. It’s been a while. & will be a while.

      • shuttaman1990 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        Been a while? bruh we got rings in this decade loser.
        Lmao Pitiful Laker hater, we laugh at inferior peasants like you thinking you will be equal to us eating shrimp and all of the good things in life while you fight amongst thee for crumbs of bread.
        The lakers rule yo life and it shows it in here your anger little man.

        Lakers all day our life fine, yall other fouls=wack.

      • musician0785 - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        “Dust them off first. It’s been a while. & will be a while.”

        Coming from a Knicks fan? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  7. tampajoey - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Phil, Phil, Phil… what are you thinking?

  8. csbanter - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Laker fans its time to get over Phil, he doesn’t want “that” situation anymore, he’s coming home.

  9. antistratfordian - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Awesome. Glad to have him back in basketball.

  10. redbaronx - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    This is all probably bogus and I’d take Adrian Woj’s reporting over Broussard’s. It also makes a lot more sense. You guys think Phil is going to go to the Knicks and work in New York when he’s practically married to Jeannie Buss? Unless he’s looking to sever that relationship…heck no!

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