Now that the New York Knicks have landed the Zen Master Phil Jackson to save the franchise, Knicks fans are starting to shift their focus from bringing Carmelo Anthony back at any cost, to getting LeBron James to sign at any cost.
It’s a valid question now that the Knicks have an attractive piece in their front office to lure in free agents, but the question of if James will come to New York will be brought up endlessly now.
Heat executives, according to a source, are not convinced that James will stay, though in their heart of hearts they believe he will re-sign. But (Phil) Jackson’s arrival changes things.
“There’s no way LeBron would have gone to New York under the current climate,” said a James confidant. “He had a falling-out with CAA (agency) and that was a problem as well. But with Phil there I think he will look at it.”
There’s a chance LeBron comes to New York in 2015, but it’s far from a certainty. The team isn’t totally attractive yet and James may not want to leave Miami to rebuild New York. Saving the Knicks would solidify his legacy though as the greatest basketball player ever, and Phil Jackson almost needs LeBron to come to New York for this experiment to work.
Historically, Jackson is only has good as his star player and his last two star players have been Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Adding LeBron James is the Phil Jackson way of doing things and he may need him in order to succeed.