Jan 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NBA coach Phil Jackson (left) and actor John Lithgow watch the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Arizona Wildcats at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA rumors: Phil Jackson 'ready to go back to work'


On Friday, rumors began to surface that the New York Knicks were looking to bring Phil Jackson into the organization in some capacity.

The Jackson-to-the-Knicks rumors seem to ramp up every season, so when they are brought back up, you have to take it with a grain of salt.

However, the Knicks have reportedly offered Jackson a front office job and according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, and although he may not want the Knick’s position, he is ready to take a job.

Phil Jackson is “ready to go back to work,” a source with knowledge of his thinking told ESPN.com on Friday.

The former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach has spent the last couple of years working to improve his health — which included several surgeries and a successful fight against prostate cancer — and writing a book. But the itch to return to the NBA in some capacity is strong.

While Jackson has made it clear to any team that has approached him that he prefers a front-office role that would allow him to shape and mold a franchise the way Miami Heat president Pat Riley has, he is open to the possibility of coaching for a short period of time if it was necessary in a transition period for a franchise with championship aspirations, the source said.

Whether or not the Knicks’ position is what he has been looking for remains to be seen.

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