Legendary NBA coach and current New York Knicks President, Phil Jackson, was the featured guest at The New Yorker Festival in New York City recently, participating in an interview conversation with Ben McGrath at the MasterCard state at the SVA Theatre.
During his conversation with McGrath he spoke about his career in the NBA as a coach, his time off from the game and his decision to come back to the league as the President of the Knicks. There was a lot of chatter as to the future of Jackson and whether or not he would return to the league as a coach or in another capacity, but ultimately Jackson decided to join the front office because he felt it would be a better fit for him.
As a head coach Jackson led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA Championships and the Los Angeles Lakers to five more, adding to the two championships he won as a player. Yeah, that’s right, 13 championship rings. It’s an impressive resume, but if Jackson manages to turn around the Knicks from the front office it just might be his most revered accomplishment yet.
Jackson signed a five year, $60 million contract with the Knicks in 2014 and hopes to bring his championship magic to the big apple within the length of that agreement. This year will be telling as to the direction of the team, but one thing is for sure, the Knicks will be playing with some championship swagger now that Jackson is a part of their organization.
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Watch Phil Jackson Speaking with the Chicago Tribune: