PHIL JACKSON: NEW YORK’S SAVING GRACE

It has been no secret to fans or other teams in the NBA that the New York Knicks are a struggling franchise. The team led by one star, Carmelo Anthony, with a band of liabilities being dragged behind him, is in desperate need for help. The New York team finds themselves on a 4-game winning streak after losing seven straight. Despite their record (25-40), the struggling team does show signs of hope.

While the team may not always play at their best, fans never fail to acknowledge a lack of control in the New York front office. Most recently, rumors of former player and coach, Phil Jackson, adding a new position to his resume have been flying around the league and social media. Phil Jackson, legendary for his work as a coach, was also a player of both Knicks’ 1970 and 1973 title teams. After his career as a player, he went on to coach Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in Chicago. He then took his expertise to L.A. and proceeded to coach stars, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. During his time in Chicago, Jackson led his team to eight, consecutive, winning championships and ended his coaching career with 11 total NBA titles.

Although everyone is on edge and unsure of how well Jackson will do in the front office, many fans have expressed their approval and relief of having Jackson as a person of great influence and power within the Knicks organization. Many fear that if, front office ace, Donnie Walsh couldn’t help the Knicks, then who could? The Knicks are hoping that Phil Jackson is the answer.

Jackson is to take over the basketball operations department from, president and general manager, Steve Mills. It has been said that Mills will still be an active part of the team’s organization. It was also reported early Tuesday afternoon that the Knicks and Jackson should finalize the deal by the end of the day.

While much has changed since he last stepped foot on the court, Phil Jackson just may be what the Knicks have been looking for. Maybe the man, once a Knick himself, can be New York’s last saving grace.

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