Although since his arrival as president of the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson has yet to secure the head coach that he wants going forward, nor has he been able to convince his star, Carmelo Anthony, to stay just yet, he did make one move that had everyone talking when he decided to sign one of his former Laker players, Lamar Odom, on the final day of the regular season.
In talking to the media on Friday, Jackson noted that Odom will be coming into New York this week to begin working out and showing that he’s on the right track for a comeback.
“He’s coming to town this week,” Jackson said in his first comments on Odom. “He wants to put himself back together, and he has a chance to do that by having the whole summer to work at it and getting himself back in basketball condition to play. He told me that’s what he wants to do. Having a relationship with him. It’s a pretty good risk-reward situation for us.’’
Odom’s deal with the team is a non-guaranteed pact, which was all he was really going to get from anyone given the way he’s recently handled himself.
However, strange things begin to happen with some players when they’re around Phil Jackson, and this might be just what Odom needs to get that career back on the right path.