NBA: Phil Jackson Revealed He Briefly Considered Trading Kobe Bryant To Detroit For Grant Hill


Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant won five NBA championships together but it almost never happened. In a recent interview with Today’s Fastbreak, the zen master revealed that the legendary partnership was very close to ending before it ever started, thanks to an immature Kobe, who at the time wasn’t found of Phil’s advice to come off the bench. It led to a trade proposal from the Pistons of Grant Hill for Kobe, which Phil says he considered before realizing Kobe would be great.

NBA: Phil Jackson Reveals The One Player He Regrets Not Trading For As Knicks President


Phil Jackson has made quite a few deals in his role as president of the New York Knicks. His tenure started off slowly as far as trades and moves were concerned but he more than made up for that with a very busy summer sixteen. Although some of his moves have resulted in landing players like Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, drafting Kristaps Porzingis and more, there is one move he didn’t make that still bothers him.

NBA: Carmelo Anthony Thanks Phil Jackson For Offseason Moves & Calls Knicks Playoff Team

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Carmelo Anthony is finally happy and has something to look forward to in his new-look New York Knicks.  This offseason, Knicks president Phil Jackson traded for Derrick Rose and added Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings during free agency.  Saying Jackson “stepped up,’’ Anthony called the Knicks “a playoff team,” adding the group is “a very special team on paper’’ and has its “competitive edge’’ back.

NBA: Phil Jackson Suggests a Four-Point Line & Adding Six Seconds to Shot Clock

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Current Knicks president Phil Jackson discussed a few ways to improve the game and different strategies that he thinks are cyclical.  He noted that “small ball” which has been attributed to the Warriors, is nothing new because he won championships with the Bulls with no dominant big player.  He also discussed adding a four-point line and seconds on the shot clock.

NBA: Knicks President Phil Jackson Told Derrick Rose He’s Going After Kevin Durant Next

It’s no secret that the New York Knicks are interested in Kevin Durant but they’ve always been considered a long shot compared to the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs.  But after making a big move yesterday to get Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls, Knicks president Phil Jackson thinks they have a better chance.

NBA: LeBron James Rejects Phil Jackson’s Jordan Comparison: ‘I’m Not Michael’

The Cleveland Cavaliers are down 0-2 to the Golden State Warriors.  They need to win 4 of the remaining 5 games in order to win the NBA Finals.  That’s a tall order against a team that finished at 73-9, the best record in NBA history.  So how will the Cavs achieve such a difficult task?  Knicks president and former championship coach Phil Jackson answered that question during an American Express event on Monday night.

NBA: Phil Jackson Says Knicks Have Everything They Need & Can Make Playoffs in Weak East

Phil Jackson was in a chatty mood as he discussed the future of the New York Knicks.  The team president boasted that they can make the playoffs in the weak Eastern Conference and have everything they need on the team just seeking talent in free agency.

NBA: Knicks Agree to Three-Year Deal With Jeff Hornacek as Head Coach

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The New York Knicks and Jeff Hornacek have officially agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract.  There is no fourth-year option on the deal according to ESPN sources.  The annual value of Hornacek’s contract is higher than the approximately $4.5 million annually that Derek Fisher earned as a first-year coach under Jackson.

(Video) NBA: Jerry Ferrara Weighs In On Knicks’ Hornacek Choice


So it looks like it’s final. The NY Knicks are in the process of finalizing contract negotiations for Jeff Hornacek as the new head coach. Surprised?

NBA: Report, Phil Jackson Met With David Blatt This Week To Discuss Knicks Coaching Job

It was starting to seem like the only person Phil Jackson was going to offer the head coaching job to was interim (and lousy) coach, Kurt Rambis. According to reports however, Jackson may still be keeping his options open as he met with former Cavs coach, David Blatt, earlier this week.

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