Phil Jackson to the Knicks in 2012? Don’t rule it out.
According to an NBA source, Jackson is definitely through with the
Lakers, but would not rule out him coaching again in the NBA. "If the right situation presented itself, he would have to consider it," the league source said.
The Knicks could be the right situation in 2012, even if they are not
on the verge of adding a third star in Chris Paul to go along with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
In the past, Jackson, who won two championship rings as a Knicks
forward, has flirted with coming back to the Garden, talking up his
desire to follow in mentor Red Holzman’s footsteps
Jackson, who is still best friends with Bill Bradley, interviewed with Isiah Thomas for
the position in 2005 but passed, instead rejoining the Lakers. In 1999,
Jackson met wtih former Garden President Dave Checketts.
Knicks president Donnie Walsh is committed to coach Mike D’Antoni through
next season, when his contract expires. If a bored Jackson makes
himself a free agent, the Knicks would be a strong candidate, especially
since Dolan would be the likeliest owner to lavish Jackson with a
According to a league source, health likely
won’t prevent the 65-year-old Jackson from making a comeback in 2012-13
after taking a season off, though he has entertained the idea in the
past of having a co-coach to make things easier.
The source said
Jackson’s hips are no longer an issue and he is considering
knee-replacement surgery and a weight-loss program this summer to
alleviate problems with his knees.