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Phil Jackson says CAA no longer holds major sway over Knicks

Apr 3, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT

Phil Jackson AP

CAA — the Creative Artists Agency, which represents NBA stars such as Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul and a host of others — has long had special sway over the Knicks organization.

If you listen to the scuttlebutt around the league, Andrea Bargnani is a Knick because he is a CAA/Leon Rose client just like ‘Melo (why else would you take on that contract?). Why did the Knicks give a roster spot to Chris Smith, J.R.’s brother? CAA. That’s just the tip of the rumor iceberg.

But the days of CAA holding the power are gone — Phil Jackson has the power now. Jackson himself addressed this directly speaking with Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal.

Knicks fans should rejoice. This — along with keeping owner James Dolan out of basketball decisions — are two keys to turning the franchise around.

Now, it behooves any team president/GM to stay on good terms with agents and agencies, there certainly are ways they can help each other out. But you can’t let it effect your decision making.

The Knicks have the advantage of Phil Jackson being able to be bad cop to GM Steve Mills’ good cop. Mills was brought in as GM in part because of his good relationships with players and agents, with the idea being he could help with the recruiting. He can, just within Jackson’s framework.

By the way, Jackson also shot down the idea of him coaching. Those days are gone.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    As Phil Jackson slowly raises his hand in front of him and slowly move it across his body.

  2. casualcommenter - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Never understood why the Knicks (allegedly) allowed themselves to be pushed around by CAA.

    The Knicks are located in the largest media market in the USA.
    The Knicks are consistently among the NBA’s biggest spenders.

    The Knicks *should* be the ones with leverage over CAA, not the other way around. The Knicks can offer a near unique combination of huge salaries and media exposure that few franchises other than the Lakers can match.

    So smart move by Phil Jackson to openly announce an end to that curious power dynamic.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      P.S. This stuff is relevant because while the Knicks are capped out this offseason, they’re well positioned to be huge spenders in 2015. For the franchise to move forward, that cap space needs to be spent wisely based on building the best possible roster, not placating certain agencies.

      • beach305 - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        losing and weak management will do that. I think you put to much into location and money only helps if you know how to spend it.

    • brookwell2013 - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      There is a reason they call the CAA offcies in Century City (Los Angeles) the Death Star.

  3. andyreidisfat - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Not a fan by any stretch. I in fact hate the knicks. But it does help the nba for them to be good so as long as it doesn’t hurt my sixers I hope Jackson does well

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