NBA rumors are stating that New York Knicks owner James Dolan is very likely to prevent team president Phil Jackson from leaving for the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Hoops Rumors. The feeling around the National Basketball Association is that Jackson wants to be reunited with his girlfriend Jeannie Buss, who is one of the top executives for the Lakers organization.
When Phil Jackson first signed on to become the president of the New York Knicks, a lot of people were under the assumption that he would not make it until the end of his contract. It’s not so much that they were predicting that he would fail at the job. People just assumed that Jackson would lose interest and want to find something else to do or find another NBA team that he could take over.
It is a bit unusual that Phil Jackson would want to rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers because his relationship with Jim Buss, the brother of his girlfriend and part owner of the team, has not always been smooth and steady. The two of them have not seen eye to eye on many issues. Jackson was pretty miffed when Buss decided to hire Mike D’Antoni instead of him when the position was opened.
James Dolan might not need to block Phil Jackson from going to the Los Angeles Lakers because he seems to be enjoying himself as the president of the New York Knicks. Sure, he had to fire head coach Derek Fisher, but that simply means that he can now pursue some bigger names that are available. Jackson is said to be extremely enamored with Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton.
There’s also a very good chance that Phil Jackson would want to stick around and watch New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis develop into an All-Star player. Jackson can take a lot of pride in that because he was the one that selected the Latvian forward, even though many assumed that he was going to be a bust.
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