Jackson and struggling Knicks agree to part ways
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[June 29, 2017]
By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) - Phil Jackson's turbulent
three-year stint as team president of the New York Knicks ended on
Wednesday with the 71-year-old having failed to revive the
Jackson, already a Hall of Fame member after winning a record 11 NBA
titles as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, was
touted as a savior but never came close to delivering the Knicks
their first championship since 1973.
Instead, his tenure will be remembered most for his clashes with
leading players and team officials, contract blunders and an
insistence on running a complex offensive system known as the
"After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that
the Knicks will be going in a different direction," Knicks Executive
Chairman Jim Dolan said in a statement.
He added that Knicks General Manager Steve Mills would run the
day-to-day business of the organization over the short term.
The front-office change means Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, who was
hired by Jackson in the last off season, should have more freedom
with running the team should he remain in his role.
Jackson has recently been making headlines for a difference in
opinion regarding the future of 10-times All-Star Carmelo Anthony's
future with the team.
He had also been listening to trade offers for Latvian forward
Kristaps Porzingis, who is considered by many to be the future of
NO QUICK FIX
Jackson, a link to the Knicks' glory days as a defensive-minded role
player on teams that won two NBA titles in the early 1970s, moved to
New York for his first front-office job three years after retiring
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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve
Mills look on during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs
at Madison Square Garden. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
He was introduced at a packed news conference at Madison Square
Garden, the team's home arena, where he said there would be no quick
fix, adding there was much work to do in reshaping a team that has
relied heavily on the scoring of Anthony.
In their three full seasons under Jackson, the Knicks have failed to
produce a winning campaign and their record over that dismal span is
among the worst in the NBA.
"The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart,"
said Jackson. "This team and this town launched my NBA career. I
will forever be indebted to them. I am grateful to Mr Dolan for
giving me the opportunity to return here.
"I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the
"As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we
weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish
them and the Knicks organization all the best - today and always."
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Mark Heinrich and
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