HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors

March 19, 2014 Updates

"There is an understanding all trades are approved by the NBA, and I don't anticipate any problem because I don't make the basketball decisions on behalf of the Lakers," said Buss, who has indeed previously ceded all basketball decisions to her brother Jim and team general manager Mitch Kupchak. "So I really don't see where there would be a conflict." ESPN.com

With Jackson coaching and Jeanie Buss working in the front office, there definitely could have been conflicts of interest. There surely were conflicts of interest. But those two and the organization managed them. Now that Jackson has become the Knicks’ president, the potential conflicts of interest full under a different jurisdiction – the NBA. NBCSports.com

And who might Jackson appoint to be his own leader of men? Much speculation has focused on former Suns GM and TNT analyst Steve Kerr, who played for Jackson in Chicago. But Kerr has never coached before and has not given colleagues in his new field any strong signals that he's itching to leave the broadcast table -- especially for the pressure cooker of MSG. Then again, Winter said, "When you see these commentators, even Doug Collins, you think they're happy doing what they're doing. And the next thing you know, they're back in the meat grinder." CBSSports.com

Interestingly, one coaching veteran who Jackson has always admired is Larry Brown, the current Southern Methodist coach. But the Knicks' last go-round with Brown ended in a 23-win season, a power struggle with team president Isiah Thomas (they both lost) and a lawsuit over the money Brown was owed on his contract. It was settled for $18.5 million. The Knicks later forced Mike Woodson to fire his agent -- the late Joe Glass, who also represented Brown -- before signing him to a contract extension. So let's just say Brown is not at the top of the Vegas odds to become Jackson's first coaching hire. CBSSports.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

Pau Gasol on playing for Phil Jackson: "He was always picking. Picking your brain. Picking your personality ..." "He was a guy that you looked up to and he commanded respect just by his presence and his demeanor and the way he talked to you and he looked at you," Gasol said Tuesday when asked about his initial memories of playing for Jackson before he got to know the legendary coach. "He was always very inquisitive, even with his look in his eyes. So, you knew there was something going on in his head he was ready to shoot at you. And you had to be ready. You had to be ready for it. So, he was always picking. Picking your brain. Picking your personality, to see how you would react. Testing you, I think, to figure you out and see how far he can push you. How he can get you to do certain things that he wanted you to do." Sulia

Phil Jackson has returned to the New York Knicks as their team president. The Knicks announced Jackson's hiring Tuesday at a news conference in the lobby of Madison Square Garden, where a giant sign reading "Welcome Home Phil" was overhead and shirts with the No. 18 Jackson wore as a player lined the racks in the merchandise store. Jackson signed a five-year contract that reportedly will pay him at least $12 million annually and said he will spend significant time in New York. "This is the best place to play basketball," Jackson said. USA Today Sports

The New York Knicks introduced Phil Jackson as team president Tuesday, and during a wide-ranging news conference, he spoke positively of his relationships with Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and former general manager Jerry Krause. Given the occasionally acrimonious relationship with Krause, particularly as the Bulls' dynasty neared its end, the words resonated. And they reached Krause in Arizona, where is employed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I appreciate what he said," Krause told the Tribune by phone. "I appreciate he understands the difficulties of the job." Chicago Tribune

“By no means am I an expert in basketball.” The above words were spoken by New York Knicks owner James Dolan in a press conference on Tuesday morning, a press conference in which he introduced the new team president, NBA coaching legend Phil Jackson. The sentence, so unassuming and honest, is nonetheless strange because the man who said it has been running a professional basketball team for years. James Dolan is not an expert in basketball. He’s proven this over years of handing out bizarre contracts and tossing away draft picks. For The Win

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