Top Action Items for Phil Jackson to Address with New York Knicks

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Top Action Items for Phil Jackson to Address with New York Knicks
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For the first time in 36 years, Phil Jackson will draw a paycheck from the New York Knicks.

And a hefty one at that.

According to the New York Knicks PR department and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, Jackson is returning to the Big Apple, where he won two NBA titles as a player, in a front-office role that, per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Chris Broussard, will net him $12 million per year.

In exchange, Jackson will be tasked with turning around a team that's currently ninth in the Eastern Conference, with an aging roster, a clogged cap sheet and a lack of draft picks—all of which combine to make the prospect of a quick turnaround difficult.

But not impossible, if the Zen Master tends as carefully to his new Garden at Madison Square as he did to each of his 11 championships as a coach with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. If Jackson were to compile a "to-do" list to guide him through his first year or two in New York, he'd do well to include these nine items—some political, but most purely basketball-related—in his quest to do what Isiah Thomas and Donnie Walsh could not.

Transform the Knicks into a perennial title contender.

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