New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Michael Jordan is confident that his former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson will succeed in his new role as president of basketball operations of the New York Knicks.
Jordan said despite Jackson’s lack of executive experience, his old coach’s methods and strengths can work even from a front-office position.
“Phil can do some good things with them because he’s gifted,” Jordan said. “Phil is fantastic at managing egos and personalities, getting everyone on the same page and maxing out whatever potential is there for what should be the common and ultimate goal.
“Just because he’s never been an executive before doesn’t mean he can’t do that. He’s wanted to do it for a while now, and I know he can do it … so long as he has the necessary pieces in place,” Jordan added.
Jordan, the chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats, said Jackson will learn the landscape of the NBA as an executive quickly. Jordan and Jackson won six titles with the Bulls.
Jackson was officially introduced as Knicks president at a news conference Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
On his first day on the job, Jackson said he looks forward to delivering a winner to New York.
“I can think of no better opportunity than the opportunities that I’ve had, three of the biggest cities and basketball franchises than Chicago, Los Angeles, and now to come back where I started. It’s a great feeling.”
Jackson confirmed that his contract is for five years. The team did not release financial details but sources said that he will receive $12 million annually.
Jackson has won a record 11 NBA titles as a coach and two as a Knicks forward. His 229 career postseason wins and 13 NBA Finals appearances are more than the Knicks have in their entire 68-season history (186 wins, 8 Finals appearances).