"I told him not to take it because it’s crazy there," Jackson's confidant and biographer Charley Rosen said, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. "Jeanie [Buss] told him not to take it. If he came there, it would end their relationship 3,000 miles away."
Buss had previously acknowledged she wanted Jackson on the Lakers staff, but her brother, Jim Buss, decided not to hire him back. Once he left for New York, their relationship was apparently doomed.
"One way or the other, it was going to cost us our relationship," she said, per Kavitha A. Davidson of ESPNW. "If he would have stayed home and had nothing to do, he would have driven me crazy."
Shortly after being hired in March 2014, he installed former player Derek Fisher as a head coach, who lasted less than two seasons.
In three years with Jackson in the front office, the Knicks never won more than 32 games, and they haven't recovered with zero postseason berths in the three years since.