Phil Jackson, James Dolan, executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company

Phil Jackson rules out coaching Knicks


Whenever an NBA team has a coaching vacancy and a highly accomplished former coach working in its front office, there’s always speculation about the executive taking the top seat on the bench himself.

And not just in Minnesota.

Ever since the Phil Jackson-to-the-Knicks rumors began – even before they hired him and well before they fired Mike Woodson – many have wondered whether Jackson would coach New York. Sounds like he considered it himself, but the answer is no surprise.

Al Iannazzone of Newsday:

Jackson coaching the Knicks was always a longshot. James Dolan said he initially pursued Jackson to coach, but the discussions quickly turned to a front-office role. Jackson, 68, just doesn’t seem to have the physical ability to handle the grind.

Maybe that changes some day. Though Jackson isn’t getting any younger, he could get healthier.

And the Knicks could get better, something that likely won’t happen significantly by next season. What’s the point of Jackson exhausting himself turning a 37-win team into a 45-win team? His m.o. is turning contenders into champions, not fringe playoff teams into first-round fodder.

When the stakes are higher, Jackson could re-visit the coaching rumors. You know they aren’t going away.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.