The Knicks introduced Phil Jackson today as the new Grand Poobah of basketball operations.
The Knicks are getting a part-time president for a cool $12 million per year. Jackson isn’t going to be working 16 hour days. He won’t be flying around the country scouting players. (He did admit that he’ll watch the NCAA tournament on TV!) Hell, he’s not even living in New York full-time. Jackson will hire a bunch of his guys to do all of the heavy lifting and he’ll phone-in final decisions from his place in southern California.
I give this entire charade 3 years before it collapses. Maybe 2, if the team whiffs badly with the 2015 free agent class. Phil will cite some BS health reason and bow out quietly.
The quote of the day belongs to Knicks owner Jim Dolan, the man who has meddled in basketball operations for years:
Dolan, on letting go of some control: “The two gentlemen to my left are experts in basketball. I am not an expert at basketball.”
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) March 18, 2014