Report: Phil Jackson likely faces fine for commenting on D'Angelo Russell

Friday February 27th, 2015

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson likely will be fined after he made public comments about Ohio State freshman guard D'Angelo Russell, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Jackson attended Thursday's game between Ohio State and Nebraska at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. As he left the arena, Jackson described Russell as a "great-looking kid. Great prospect," according to's Doug Lesmerises.

From the report:

The NBA forbids league officials from making public comments on draft-ineligible players, and sources told Yahoo Sports that the league office was beginning to look into the matter Friday morning.

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Russell is averaging 18.7 points and 5.4 assists this season. Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix ranks him as the No. 2 prospect in the 2015 NBA draft.

The Knicks, who currently own the worst record (10-46) in the NBA, are likely to have one of the top picks in the draft.

The team hired Phil Jackson as president last March after he spent 20 seasons as a coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

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