New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Knicks and Phil Jackson are ironing out details of a contract that will give the multi-titled coach control of the club’s front office by the end of this week, a league source revealed.
“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.”
The source said Jackson will take over the Knicks’ basketball operations department from president and general manager Steve Mills, who will remain an integral part of the organization.
However, the source added that an official announcement might not come until next week.
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.
Former Lakers executive Jerry West said Jackson will have a difficult time adjusting to his new role.
“I think if he has the wherewithal to understand that these jobs are difficult, that they’re frustrating and he’s not going to be able to coach the players unless he wants to, I’m sure he could do a great job,” West said.
“Coaching and being an executive are different things. But he has a lot to draw on in terms of experience with players, how to organize teams and how to put them together. The biggest thing to learn is that you’re going to need a lot of really good players,” West added.