Stephen A. Smith reported on Friday that the Knicks asked Jackson if he was interested in coaching the team, but Jackson turned them down. Later in the day, the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola reported that the Knicks offered Jackson a front office job that he is considering.
Jackson has served as a consultant for many teams including the Lakers and Pistons, but he has not run a team.
Isola is not sure what job the team offered Jackson, but he says it was more than a consultant role.
The Knicks are desperate to keep Carmelo Anthony, who could consider leaving the team after the season. Bringing in Jackson could be a sign that they are serious about improving in the future and could make someone like ‘Melo feel more comfortable about re-signing with the team long term.
If Jackson ever took a role with the Knicks, it would be interesting to see how things unfold. Recall that in an interview with HBO’s “Real Sports” two years ago, he said they had a clumsy roster with Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.