Phil Jackson has been offered a front office position with the New York Knicks, reports the New York Daily News.
Jackson will reportedly make a decision on the position sometime next week.
According to an NBA source, Garden Chairman James Dolan has met with Jackson about a potential return to the franchise where he was a member of the Knicks’ only two championship teams. Jackson also won 11 titles as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers but apparently has no interest in coaching the Knicks.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported that Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills offered the head coaching position to Jackson but he declined.
It is unclear what position the Knicks offered but the NBA source said that it would be “more than just a consulting job.” If Jackson is put in charge of the front office it would represent the first time he has done so in his illustrious career. Moreover, it remains to be seen if Jackson, who has had health problems in the past, would have the energy and appetite to want to scout.