Phil Jackson expected to take Knicks job: Report

Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson (L) waits with film director Spike Lee before the New...

Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson (L) waits with film director Spike Lee before the New York Knicks honoured their 1972 NBA Championship team last year. (REUTERS)

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Phil Jackson is expected to accept the New York Knicks' offer to join its front office, a league source told ESPN.

"The Knicks have a sense of what's going to happen," the source said. "And as of right now, it looks like Phil's taking the job. There's always the possibility of something falling apart at the last minute, but the Knicks' sense is that he's joining them."

Details, including Jackson's job title, how much time he will spend in New York and when he will start the job, are still being worked out, according to the report. He reportedly turned down a recent offer to coach the team.

Jackson is expected to make a decision in the next day or so. No announcement from the team has been scheduled.

Jackson's role will be an integral one for the Knicks, unlike when he acted as a consultant for the Detroit Pistons. He will reportedly be paid well to make basketball decisions for the Knicks, although owner James Dolan is expected to have a say.

The move could change the way the team does business in that it only currently negotiates with Creative Artists Agency in player and coach representation.

Assistant general manager Allan Houston, coach Mike Woodson, player personnel director Mark Warkentien and star forward Carmelo Anthony are all represented by CAA.

One Knicks player recently told ESPN.com that the CAA ties are an issue in the locker room.

"You see how guys from CAA are treated differently," the player said. "How they get away with saying certain things to coaches. How coaches talk to them differently than they talk to the other guys. It's a problem."

Jackson won a combined 11 NBA titles as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.


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