Phil Jackson Named President Of The New York Knicks

Source: Ian Begley / ESPN

NEW YORK — On his first day on the job, new Knicks president Phil Jackson said he looks forward to delivering a winner to New York.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with [Knicks owner] Jim Dolan,” said Jackson, who was officially announced as Knicks president at a news conference at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. “I have gotten to know Jim and he is totally committed to delivering a winner for New York. I started my career as a Knick, and know what it feels like to win in this great city. I take the task of helping to deliver a winning team to our fans seriously, and look forward to combining my vision of the game with Steve Mills’ abilities as a General Manager.”

Jackson confirmed that the length of his deal with the Knicks is for five years. Financial terms weren’t released, but sources told last week that he will receive $12 million annually.

Jackson and Mills will report directly to Dolan, the Knicks said. But Dolan and Jackson both noted Tuesday that Jackson will have full autonomy, with Dolan adding he will cede power to Jackson “willfully and gracefully.”

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