New York Knicks to Reportedly Hire Phil Jackson This Week

All indications are that Phil Jackson is returning to MSG – the Zen Master is expected to assume control of the New York Knicks’ front-office (and navigate all the madness that comes with such a high-profile job) this week. Per ESPN:

“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.”

An official announcement might not come until next week, the source said.

There has been speculation that Jackson is using the Knicks to get a top-flight job with another franchise, particularly the Los Angeles Lakers, but the source said the Knicks have no fear of Jackson leaving them at the altar for another team.

Jackson will take over the Knicks’ basketball operations department from president and general manager Steve Mills. Mills, however, will remain an integral part of the organization, according to the source.

While Jackson will certainly spend plenty of time in New York, it is not clear exactly how much, the source said.