A few weeks ago, we shared a plaintive, open letter to the New York Knicks from a lifelong fan currently living in London. When Nick Geltner posted that letter, he could not possibly have imagined a better answer to his prayers.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Phil Jackson-New York Knicks president of operations deal is now all but completed, though an official announcement might have to wait until next week. That announcement will surely send Los Angeles Lakers fans off the other coastal edge; purple-and-gold supporters have been hoping (against hope) that Phil would come to the rescue of his fiancée’s tattered team.
From the top of this afternoon’s ESPN item:
Jackson and the Knicks are expected to finalize a deal that will give the legendary coach control of the club’s front office by the end of this week, according to a league source.
“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.”
From Jackson’s Montana POV, it all makes perfect sense. Despite the Jeanie Buss connection theoretically trumping her brother’s insulting treatment, Jackson has been Lakers-there and Lakers done-that. The challenge of restoring the Knicks to some sort of glory is the perfect final career challenge for this one-time Knick. Let the LeBron-to-New-York chatter begin.