Mar 14, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Phil Jackson to lure LeBron James to sign with New York Knicks?

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.

Per Frank Isola:

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.

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  • Adam Sciorsci

    Forgetting Shaq? He was more valuable during most of the Zen years than Kobe.

    • Noles

      A lot of people forget about Shaq, especially younger fans who only saw him in places like Boston, Cleveland or Phoenix….the man was an absolute beast. Aside from Miami (who still has Bosh) hard if not impossible to win a title without a stud big man up front.

  • Marty Susman

    I would love to see LaBron in New York & I would love to see Melo in Houston & I would LOVE NO TO SEE EITHER IN PURPLE & GOLD…… Give me Irving or Westbrook, give me George to Klay Thompson, Give me Love or LaMarcus & typo me off with Cousins & I will see us get ring after ring….

  • Marty Susman

    As a man in the same age group as Phil I am truly happy he has been able to get back to where it all started for him….. NOW let’s look at some history please…. Jerry West was great player & a GREAT GM BUT a horrible coach type…. Michael was a fantastic player but has shown himself to be a horrible Owner….. Magic Johnson a fantastic player, horrible coach & so on meaning Phil Jackson as a good player, a far coach BUT will he be any good at being a front office boss ??? Will he perform in a chair as well as on the court, will his “sticky” attitudes create havoc not greatness in New York, those are the questions we have to wait & see…..

  • Marty Susman

    Lastly as a man that has found great happiness later on in life, I truly honestly hope his move to New York will not hurt his future with Jeannie…. Good luck Phil…

  • red79

    How about a possible melo and lebron tandem? it could work with phil at the front office.