It’s OVER! Phil Jackson To Leave New York Knicks

Phil Jackson attending the Showtime and Elit Vodka hosted BILLIONS Season 2 premiere and party
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It’s over.

Phil Jackson is expected to leave the New York Knicks on Wednesday (June 28).

According to ESPN:

Conversations about what was best for the team’s future between Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan accelerated this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out embattled forward Carmelo Anthony, sources said.

Owner James Dolan calls it a mutual agreement to part ways.

“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” said Mr. Dolan. “Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.

“While we are currently evaluating how best to move forward regarding the leadership of the organization, I will not be involved in the operation of the team,” continued Mr. Dolan. “Steve Mills, the team’s general manager, will run the day-to-day business of the organization over the short term. Tim Leiweke, who brings tremendous expertise and experience in sports franchise management from both Toronto and Los Angeles and is our partner in the Oak View Group, will advise and work with Steve on an interim basis to help develop a go-forward plan.” 

Phil Jackson gave a statement in which he said that the team holds a special place in his heart.

“This team and this town launched my NBA career. I will forever be indebted to them. I am grateful to Mr. Dolan for giving me the opportunity to return here.”

“I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best – today and always.”

Jackson has had a very tumoltuous couple months with the Knicks staying honest on his feelings that it would be best for Carmelo Anthony to leave the team and making headlines for taking offers on former first round pick and young star Kristaps Porzingis.

Anthony of course has two years and $54 million left on his contract with a no trade clause.

In 2014, the Knicks signed Jackson in hopes he can bring the franchise back to its winning ways. Since then, there have been disagreements over the use of the triangle offense, roster moves, and more.