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Knicks to offer Phil Jackson $50M?

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08:13 AM ET 04.26 | Suffice it to say that the mere idea would make a lot of long-suffering basketball fans -- teased by trades and acquisitions, failed by expensive front office missteps, disappointed by The Decision and given hope in the form of a small miracle that became Linsanity -- in the Big Apple awfully happy. If the New York Knicks don't advance beyond the first round of the playoffs, I'm hearing they'll make a major -- repeat, major -- push to lure legendary coach Phil Jackson out of retirement. With money being no object, the scuttlebutt is the Knicks brass may offer the "Zen Master" a four-year, $50 million deal.

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April 26, 2012  08:31 AM ET
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Morning mick.....I know phil has HOF credentials...although I would have liked to see what he could do, when he did not have the 2 best players in the league on his team , every year he coached, but I kind of feel bad for Coach woodson, who has the Knicks playing very , very well, and winning......somthing like 17 - 6 since he took over ......If the Knicks happen to eek out a win in the first round, the man ( woodson ) deserves an extension.....if he has them very competitive in a series the Knicks eventually lose...I still believe he should be strongly considered for an extension..Besides...the Knicks front office allowed Melo to get Dantoni canned....Melo has said in an interview earlier this week that he really likes playing for Woodson, so apparently the Knicks have given Melo the keys to the car.....My money is on woodson staying....maybe 3 year extension, but who knows 50 mill speaks volumes

Phil is proven.. getting him is no brainer. At the same time Larry Brown was proven as well when he joined the Knicks.

I don't think Woodson can get the job done long term. Inserting Amare into the starting line up when team chemistry was highest cost up the Cleveland game and set the team back from a 'flow perspective' on both ends of the court.

Our current line up with Amare won't get the job done against Miami. Amare needs to come off the bench. It's too late in the season to get his rhythm with the starting unit.

Woodson can't manage the ego's. Phil Jackson can. So getting Phil at whatever cos is worth the gamble.

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April 26, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Phil only takes on guarantee championship teams. The Knicks aren't one of these teams.

April 26, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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Phil only takes on guarantee championship teams. The Knicks aren't one of these teams.

when Jackson took over the Lakers the second time, was it a guarantee championship team? No

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April 26, 2012  08:51 AM ET

YEESSSSSS.. make this happen!

April 26, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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Phil only takes on guarantee championship teams. The Knicks aren't one of these teams.

i want my guaranteed championship for the Knicks finally! All of these years...

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April 26, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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Like the Bulls? The Bulls weren't winning anything when Phil got there, and there was no guarantee they ever would. Furthermore he was a hair away from coming to the Knicks in 2000, and would have if JVG hadn't taken the team to the Finals against San Antonio in 99.Phil likes to coach talent and potential. You can't fault him for that. But to say that he won't go somewhere unless there is a guaranteed championship to be won is crazy talk. What is a guaranteed championship anyway? Is it like the one a stacked Lakers team lost to the Detroit Pistons?

The Bulls was his first coaching job. He would have been crazy not to take it.

April 26, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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when Jackson took over the Lakers the second time, was it a guarantee championship team? No

He had Kobe to build around. How many did he win the second time around?
Who does he have to build around in NY?

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April 26, 2012  09:03 AM ET

At 12.5 mil per, I say this cash action is plenty worth Phil Jackson. With Jackson in the Knicks will truly begin to win. There will be a lotta styling and smiling in MSG. With Jackson, the Knicks will no longer be 1st round and then idle, they would be all of a sudden chasing a title. Phil would bring the Knicks some newfound class and they would hopefully no longer be targets to bash. New york New York things ain't always what it seem, wit Jackson though it quite nicely be a fitting end to an otherwise horrid dream.

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April 26, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Spammers with avatars...


Damned daring I say.

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