James Dolan: Coaching Search Up To Phil Jackson

by June 04, 2014

James Dolan hasn’t exactly won New York fans’ hearts over with his management of the team during his tenure as owner. But his hiring of Phil Jackson signaled that he’d be ready to step away from decision-making processes, and it seems like he’ll be doing just that this summer. From Newsday:

Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan said that Phil Jackson has the final say on whom the Knicks hire as their next coach and on how to handle Carmelo Anthony’s impending free agency.


“I made a commitment to Phil that he was going to run it,” Dolan said during an interview withMike Francesa on WFAN Tuesday. “Unless he asks me to help, it’s his to run.”


On the coaching search, Dolan said, “I have no idea who he’s talking to” and that Jackson has to “check back with me” when he starts talking money.


“I have not asked him about the coaching search on purpose. I have not asked him about it. I just told him I’m here for you if you need me. If you don’t need me, that’s fine, too. I got lots to do.”