Jackson officially named as Knicks president

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 18, 2014 12:34 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Phil Jackson was officially named as the new president of the New York Knicks, the National Basketball Association team said on Tuesday.

James Dolan, the owner of the Knicks, announced the appointment at Madison Square Garden after a week of speculation that Jackson, who won a record 11 NBA titles as a head coach, would take over in charge of the team's basketball operations.

"There is only one Phil Jackson, and he is synonymous with winning basketball teams," Dolan said.

"His history of success in the NBA is unrivaled, and he is the ideal executive to lead our team and develop short and long term plans that build a successful franchise and result in an NBA championship."

Jackson began his playing career with the Knicks, winning two titles in the early 1970s, before turning to coaching.

He led the Chicago Bulls to six championships then won five more with the Los Angeles Lakers.

(Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Frank Pingue)