Phil Jackson Departs Knicks

A little more than three years after being brought in as the savior of the Knicks, Phil Jackson is out as team president. Jackson was informed of the team’s decision on Tuesday.

Jackson, 71, who won 11 N.B.A. championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, never came close to even approaching that type of success with the Knicks. In fact, in their three full seasons under Jackson, the Knicks had a combined record of 80-166, which was among the worst in the league for that period.

Jackson had two years and $24 million remaining on his contract.

“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” the team’s owner, James L. Dolan, said.

Dolan said in a statement that Steve Mills, the team’s general manager, would lead the team’s day-to-day operations “over the short term,” and that he had enlisted Tim Leiweke, a longtime sports executive, to advise Mills on an interim basis and “help develop a go-forward plan.” Dolan also thanked Jackson for his service to the team.

A little more than three years after being brought in as the savior of the Knicks, Phil Jackson is out as team president. Jackson was informed of the team’s decision on Tuesday.

Jackson, 71, who won 11 N.B.A. championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, never came close to even approaching that type of success with the Knicks. In fact, in their three full seasons under Jackson, the Knicks had a combined record of 80-166, which was among the worst in the league for that period.

Jackson had two years and $24 million remaining on his contract.

“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” the team’s owner, James L. Dolan, said.

Dolan said in a statement that Steve Mills, the team’s general manager, would lead the team’s day-to-day operations “over the short term,” and that he had enlisted Tim Leiweke, a longtime sports executive, to advise Mills on an interim basis and “help develop a go-forward plan.” Dolan also thanked Jackson for his service to the team.

Sources also say that the New York Knicks organization came to terms with Phil Jackson for him to relieve the position this morning. Phil Jackson who is said to have had incidents with Carmelo Anthony and other players, and as of today he is no longer the president of operations. Decisions coming after the team hadn’t made the playoffs the last 3 seasons.

Sources ESPN and New York Times.

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