NBA Rumors: New York Knicks Must Do Whatever It Takes to Land Phil Jackson

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 13:  Head coach Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the New York Knicks on February 13, 2007 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Knicks won 107-106.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks have every single piece a basketball team needs to win a championship, with one major exception. They are sorely lacking a coach who can lead them there.

Perhaps only Phil Jackson can harness their combined talents.
Perhaps only Phil Jackson can harness their combined talents.Al Bello/Getty Images

It would simply be crazy of owner James Dolan not to seek the services of Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson this offseason. The team is inevitably going to lose in the first round of the playoffs and it will become clear coach Mike Woodson is better off as an assistant.

Update: Wednesday, April 25 at 3:55 p.m. ET

Gery Woelfel of RacineSportsZone.com updated his piece and believes that the Knicks will offer a four-year, $50 million deal citing that money is no object.

This is a significant amount and could possibly coerce the Hall of Fame coach out of retirement. We'll keep you updated right here if anything further breaks.

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According to Gery Woelfel of RacineSportsZone.com’s "Rumor of the Week segment," he has heard the organization is already making preparations.

If the New York Knicks don’t advance beyond the first round of the playoffs, I’m hearing they’ll make a major — repeat, major — push to lure legendary coach Phil Jackson out of retirement.

The Zen Master is the best man for this job because of his ability to get superstars to play in a scheme that benefits both themselves and everyone else around them.

Jackson was able to win an NBA-record 11 titles during his coaching tenures with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. That gaudy number of titles just proves he is perfect at micromanaging personalities and coercing ball hogs to both pass when it’s needed and score when they must get a bucket.

Phil would turn Carmelo Anthony into a much better player, figure out a way to successfully pair him with Amar’e Stoudemire and also have Jeremy Lin reduce his turnover ratio while playing excellent team basketball.

It’s going to take a lot of money to coax Jackson out of retirement, but the New York Knicks play in the largest media market and would easily earn dividends on what they would be paying if they made and won the finals. 


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