The New York Knicks could lose one of their major assets according to the latest NBA rumors that state that Phil Jackson “badly wants” out of the Big Apple. Speculations are ripe that Jackson wants to leave New York and make his way back to his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
“One is that Jackson badly wants out of New York, preferring to return back to Los Angeles to be near his fiancée, Lakers scion Jeanie Buss. Jackson is believed to have an out in his Knicks deal that could free him up to do just that at the end of next season unless things between him and Dolan become untenable before that,” Michael Grange of Sportsnet reported this week.
Why Phil Jackson leaving New York is good for the Knicks and why the Knicks need this NBA rumor to happen?
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t shown that he can be effective in the triangle offense, the system preferred by Jackson for his team. The rise of Kristaps Porzingis is the lone bright spot in New York but it will take time before he can fully adjust to the triangle.
Without Jackson, the new head coach or executive next season can adapt a new style that will fit Anthony and Porzingis.
Jackson, the president of the Knicks, has two years left in his contract for the James Dolan owned franchise.
Back in February earlier this year, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports stated that there is “strong belief” that Jackson wants a return to Los Angeles to be near his fiancée Jeannie Buss, the part-owner and president of the Lakers.
Both the Lakers and Knicks have struggled this season and both are among the worst teams in their respective conferences.
Grange reports add that there is a possibility that Lakers part-owner and executive vice president Jim Buss will be “removed from the scene” within the Los Angeles’ management and that could pave the way for the NBA rumor of Jackson considering a return to the Lakers.
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