Knicks Officially Hire Phil Jackson to Return Team to Glory

Knicks Officially Hire Phil Jackson to Return Team to Glory

Phil Jackson won two championship rings with the New York Knicks as a player. He hopes to add to his gaudy jewelry collection as a Knicks executive.

The New York Knicks announced the hiring of Phil Jackson, 67, at a Madison Square Garden press conference earlier today. The Zen Master will find tranquility in a $12 million a year salary. The contract calls for five years. Jackson will serve as the team’s president but will enjoy the autonomy of a czar. This includes the Knicks allowing Jackson to run the team partly from his West Coast home, which he shares with his fiancee, Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss.

“I started my career as a Knick, and know what it feels like to win in this great city,” Jackson said at the event. “I take the task of helping to deliver a winning team to our fans seriously, and look forward to combining my vision of the game with Steve Mills’ abilities as a General Manager.”

The Knicks have compiled a disappointing 27-40 record this season, which puts them four games behind Atlanta for the final playoff seed. The Knicks host the Eastern Conference leading Pacers tonight.


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