Jackson, Knicks officially call it quits
Phil Jackson called his New York Knicks reign disappointing, and the Knicks tended to agree. At that is how Jackson's New York presidency reached its end early Wednesday morning.
Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan released a statement to announce the decision that they're done after three mostly troubling seasons.
Jackson said the following in the release:
“I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best – today and always.”
Jackson, 71, won six championships with coach of the Chicago Bulls and five more with the Los Angeles Lakers. But that was as a coach. While he sometimes implemented the famed triangle offense with the Knicks, Jackson never took the sidelines.
Some across the league suggested that a decision to coach may have saved his job and the team. But Jackson never seemed inspired.
Meanwhile, Dolan is still determining the team's next steps and looking for the next man in charge.
Per the New York Post:
Dolan said the Knicks are “currently evaluating” how to replace Jackson. General manager Steve Mills will run the organization “over the short term,” and Tim Leiweke — a veteran sports executive — has been brought in to advise the franchise on an interim basis. “I will not be involved in the operation of the team,” Dolan vowed.
The Knicks have decisions to make on star forward Carmelo Anthony, who has a no-trade clause in his contract. It appears now they are more likely he stays than if Jackson had remained in charge.
It is believed throughout the league that Jackson will remain in the game and try to find another front office role, or perhaps resurface in a broadcasting position.