Since he took over the basketball operations for the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson has been doing a little bit of talent scouting, looking ahead toward a potential overhaul of the team’s roster. In particular, he’s been sitting down with former members of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Recently, he met with former Los Angeles Metta World Peace, and now it’s being reported by the New York Post that he had a sit-down this week with another former Laker, embattled star Lamar Odom.
For a second time, Phil Jackson met with a former Laker at halftime during a game as Knicks president. This time, it was a sit-down with Lamar Odom during Wednesday’s Knicks-Nets game.
The troubled Odom, 34, is sitting out this season after being arrested over the summer on a DUI charge and spending some time in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. He played last season with the Clippers and met with them in November but never signed. He played five seasons for Jackson with the Lakers, winning two titles.
Given his recent personal struggles, it’d be tough to see the Knicks signing him, but obviously Jackson wants to explore the possibility of bringing someone in who can integrate what he wants into this Knicks team.