Although it was reported earlier by NBATV’s Greg Anthony that Phil Jackson is joining the New York Knicks, the deal with the Knicks is apparently not done yet.
In the meantime, according to USA TODAY Sports, some powerful members of the Lakers‘ family have been working to sway Jackson back to Los Angeles:
Although a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that Jackson has an agreement in principle to become the Knicks’ team president, some of the most powerful men in Laker Land spent much of Wednesday attempting to pull off the seemingly-impossible: come hell or high water, as Lakers star Kobe Bryant likes to say, they want Jackson back. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is not yet done.
Earlier Wednesday, Kobe Bryant shared his admiration for his old coach.
“Well, I mean you know how I feel about Phil,” Bryant said. “I have so much admiration for him and respect, and have a great relationship with him, so personally it would be hard for me to understand that [losing out on Jackson's services] happening twice. It would be tough. I don’t really get it.”
Magic Johnson also did his part Wednesday in showing his respect for the eleven-time champion coach.
I love Jim & Jeanie Buss, but we need Phil Jackson to be the face of our great organization, the Los Angeles Lakers.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 12, 2014
Stay tuned to LakerNation.com for the latest on what has now become an ongoing ‘saga’ in Phil Jackson returning to the NBA.