Phil Jackson Launched
THE BIG APPLE – On his first day on the job, Knicks president Phil Jackson stated he seems to be forward to delivering a winner to New York.
"There is not any higher place to win than New York City," stated Jackson, who was formally introduced because the team's president at a news conference Tuesday at Madison Sq. Backyard.
"I can think of no higher opportunity than the alternatives that I've had, three of the largest cities and basketball franchises [in] Chicago, Los Angeles and now to return again where I began. It's a fantastic feeling."
He confirmed that his contract is for five years. Financial terms weren't released, but sources instructed ESPN.com last week that he will obtain $12 million annually.
Jackson and basic manager Steve Mills will report directly to crew proprietor James Dolan, the Knicks stated. However Dolan and Jackson each famous Tuesday that Jackson will have autonomy, with Dolan adding that he'll cede power to Jackson "willingly and gratefully."
Jackson has won a report eleven NBA titles as a coach and two as a Knicks ahead. His 229 postseason wins and 13 NBA Finals appearances are more than the Knicks have in their 68-season history (186 wins, eight Finals berths), in keeping with ESPN Stats & Info.
"I'm on no account an skilled in basketball," Dolan mentioned. "I'm a fan, but my experience lies in managing corporations and new companies. So I believe I am a bit out of my ingredient when it comes to the team. I've found myself able the place I've wanted to be extra part of the choice-making for a while. It wasn't something essentially that I wished to do. But as chairman of the company, I felt obligated to do it.
"I'm blissful now that we now have the group of Phil and Steve to do this, and my entire job here now is supporting them to win a championship."
Later, in an interview on ESPN ninety eight.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show," Dolan made it clear that Jackson would have full autonomy.
"Phil Jackson is in charge of all basketball decisions. Interval," the proprietor said.
The Knicks have not won a title since Jackson captured his final as a participant in 1973. On Tuesday, Jackson was asked if he was worried that failing to ship a title with the Knicks would have a adverse influence on his repute.
"I think that this is an opportunity, and that is what I take a look at it as, not as a attainable failure probability," the Hall of Fame coach said. "It's just a great opportunity to do one thing that I love, and that is be with a basketball team, hopefully create a group that loves one another and performs with one another."
Knicks proprietor Jim Dolan, left, mentioned Tuesday he'll "willingly and gratefully" cede all energy to new team president Phil Jackson. GM Steve Mills is at proper.
The Knicks' courtship of Jackson began in December when Dolan met Jackson at a celebration hosted by music mogul Irving Azoff. Dolan said he initially talked to Jackson about coaching the team but the dialog quickly moved to Jackson taking a front-workplace place.
Jackson, who stated he is stayed away from teaching due partially to his physical condition (he stated he's had 5 surgeries lately), grew intrigued with the possibility of operating the crew as he continued discussions with Dolan. Jackson added that at no point did he get into severe discussions with the Lakers about joining their group.
Jackson takes over a group that has carried out well below Dolan's expectations this season. New York is thirteen games under500 and in ninth place within the Japanese Convention, although the workforce has gained six in a row.
Jackson will face several robust selections in his first offseason as president, the most important of which is what to do with free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony.
The staff's new president backed the All-Star ahead Tuesday.
"There's no doubt about Carmelo being one of many high scorers within the league, possibly the most effective particular person isolation player in the recreation," Jackson mentioned. "I have no problems with committing to saying Carmelo is sooner or later plans."
Anthony, who has said he plans to choose out of the final 12 months of his contract this summer season, can sign a cope with the Knicks that is one year longer and value $33 million more than any pact he can sign with another team. He has mentioned that his precedence is to re-signal with the Knicks, but he would like to sit down with Jackson and focus on the crew's plans earlier than making a choice.
Jackson additionally will possible have to hire a coach in the offseason. There's widespread speculation that Mike Woodson will be let go at the end of the season. Jackson disciples comparable to Steve Kerr, Brian Shaw and Kurt Rambis are considered potential candidates.
Concerning Woodson, Jackson mentioned the 2 may have discussions about the coach's future in the coming weeks however made no guarantees that he'll be again subsequent season.
One factor Dolan would guarantee for subsequent season: Season-ticket costs will not be raised, he said.
Jackson's fiancee, Lakers president Jeanie Buss, knew Jackson was prepared for a brand new challenge.
"It was clear that Phil wanted to return to work," Buss mentioned in an interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet. "He'd spoken to different organizations. Me personally I like having Phil around. However there was no role for him with the Lakers. He is too good of a basketball thoughts to sit at home in a rocking chair playing solitaire."
One individual exterior of New York especially pleased to see Jackson's return to the NBA is Dallas Mavericks proprietor Mark Cuban.
"My bucket boy is back," Cuban said jokingly, citing his favourite time period for Jackson through the verbal sparring periods when Jackson coached the Lakers.
Cuban added: "It's great simply because of the legacy, the pedigree, the questions. Can he do it again? He is gained in every single place he is gone, together with his first stop in New York, so can he do it once more?"
Tuesday's announcement brought Jackson back to town where his enjoying career started.
He recalled his first journey into New York as a player in 1967. Coach Red Holzman and his spouse, Selma, drove Jackson from Kennedy Airport to Manhattan. The trip was interrupted when somebody on a freeway overpass threw a rock that cracked Holzman's windshield.
"Red regarded up and stated, New York isn't the easiest place to reside," Jackson mentioned with a laugh. "But when you can make it right here, you may make it anyplace. That is the place the phrase began. I swear. So we're going to make it here."
Information from ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon was used on this report.