Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 19th 2014 Contents NEW YORK--- Phil Jackson has
returned to the New York Knicks as
their team president.
The Knicks announced Jackson s hir-
ing yesterday at a news conference in
the lobby of Madison Square Garden,
where a giant sign reading "Welcome
Home Phil" was overhead and shirts
with the No 18 Jackson wore as a player
lined the racks in the merchandise store.
Jackson signed a five-year contract
that will reportedly pay him at least
US$12 million annually.
"This is the best place to play bas-
ketball," Jackson said.
Jackson was a member of the Knicks
NBA-winning teams in 1970 and 1973,
but they haven t won a title since. Jack-
son went on to become the league s
most successful coach, winning 11
championships with the Chicago Bulls
and Los Angeles Lakers.
This will be his first time as an exec-
utive and the Knicks say he will be in
charge of all basketball decisions. MSG
chairman James Dolan said he "willingly
and gratefully" was stepping back to
give Jackson the power to make the
changes the franchise needs.
Steve Mills will remain as general
It s the second front-office reorgan-
ization in six months for the Knicks,
who surprisingly fired GM Glen Grun-
wald days before the start of training
camp after he assembled most of the
roster that won 54 games last season.
Mills replaced him even though he had
no previous experience running the
Jackson said he had "no doubt" that
Carmelo Anthony could be the cen-
terpiece of the franchise going forward
as the All-Star forward prepares to
become a free agent this summer.
Jackson will have to decide the future
of coach Mike Woodson, who was 72-
34 with the Knicks before this season
but only 27-40 heading into today s
match against Indiana. The Knicks
probably would have loved it if Jackson
were willing to do the job himself ---
Dolan said the discussion started there.
But Jackson made it clear since his last
stint with the Lakers ended in 2011 that
he had no interest in coaching.
Instead he will try to show he can
handle the transition to the front office,
which won t be an easy one given the
obstacles the Knicks face with their
salary cap. Amare Stoudemire, Tyson
Chandler and Andrea Bargnani will all
be in the final year of expensive con-
tracts, giving the Knicks little hope of
making quick changes next season.
Jackson said he wouldn t insist on
the triangle offense his teams ran, but
made it clear that he believes in the
system s offensive principles.
Jackson said he didn t know how
much of the day-to-day work he would
handle. Alluding to what he estimated
were five knee and hip surgeries since
he last coached, Jackson said he was
"not easily able to move around" on
commercial airlines or in gymnasiums.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
scored 25 points and the Indiana Pacers
came back from an early deficit to beat
Philadelphia 99-90 on Monday, handing
the 76ers their club-record 21st straight
Paul George had 24 points for the Pacers,
who gave the Sixers to a 15-6 lead before
taking pulling ahead. George Hill scored 11
points, Ian Mahinmi had 10 and David West
grabbed 12 rebounds.
Thaddeus Young had 23 points to lead
the Sixers, who equal the Detroit Pistons
for the sixth-longest losing streak in NBA
history. The Pistons lost 21 straight bridging
the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons.
The Cleveland Cavaliers set the NBA
record for consecutive losses with 26, in
the 2010-11 season.
Atlanta s Paul Millsap scored 28 points
as the Hawks downed the Bobcats 97-83
to end Charlotte s eight-match home win-
Al Jefferson, who was selected the Eastern
Conference Player of the Week on Monday,
had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his 30th
double-double of the season but was just
6 of 15 from the field.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 20
At New York, Deron Williams scored 28
points and even dunked for the first time
this season, leading the Brooklyn Nets past
the Phoenix Suns 108-95 to extend their
home winning streak to nine matches.
Williams shot 11 of 13 from the field and
looks to have fully recovered after ankle
problems wrecked his first half of the season.
Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets,
on their longest home winning streak since
winning nine straight from March 15-April
Markieff Morris scored 18 points and Ger-
ald Green 17 for the Suns.
The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated
the Chicago Bulls 97-85 after Kevin Durant
had with 35 points and 12 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook added 17 points after
sitting out the previous day to rest his sur-
gically repaired knee.
In other matches, the Houston Rockets
downed the Utah Jazz 124-86, the Dallas
Mavericks beat the Boston Celtics 95-89
and the Denver Nuggets were 110-100 win-
ners over the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP)
Phil Jackson returns to
Knicks as team president
New York Knicks new team president
Phil Jackson poses during a news
conference where he was introduced,
at New York's Madison Square
Garden, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Pacers hand 76ers
21st straight loss
Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) commits
an offensive foul against Philadelphia 76ers center
Henry Sims (35) while shooting during the second
half of an NBA match in Indianapolis, Monday night.
The Pacers won 99-90. AP PHOTO
Mavericks 94 Celtics
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