Phil Jackson: Dolan’s ‘Been Loyal’ to Promise
By: ABC Digital
(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson wants people who believe in his vision moving forward in 2014.
Jackson addressed the team’s vacant head coaching position on Wednesday and shot down the report in the New York Daily News that said owner James Dolan was not keeping his promise of letting Jackson call the shots.
“He’s been loyal to that promise,” Jackson said. “He’s been very true to his word up to this point.”
The Knicks fired head coach Mike Woodson on Monday after spending two seasons with the club.
Reports surfaced that Jackson could bring in his former player with the Bulls, Steve Kerr.
“We meet very similar space about coaching in a lot of ways,” Jackson said of Kerr. “I know philosophically we have a strong connection.”
“Whether he’s able to take a job like this, I don’t know,” he continued. “I will get in a conversation with him later on this month and talk to (Kerr) about it.”
Jackson said that his girlfriend and Lakers part-owner and president Jeanie Buss suggested he take over as head coach.
“If there’s anyone that can encourage me to do anything, it’s Jeanie Buss, but I was able to withstand her arguments the whole time,” Jackson joked.
Jackson said that he’d like to find a new head coach before July.
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