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Despite his ties to management of the Los Angeles Lakers organization, a press conference was held today to announce that Phil Jackson is returning to the New York Knicks organization.

Phil Jackson has served as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, winning nearly a dozen championships during his time in those cities. His role with the New York Knicks will not be as head coach, but rather as the team president.

jackson-knicks-player_1_05772189Jackson was a 2nd round draft pick for the New York Knicks in 1967 and remained as a player with the team until 1978. During that span he won two championships and was part of the All-Rookie First Team.

Team executive James Dolan indicated that discussions with Phil Jackson date back to Christmas time in 2013.

This is Jackson’s first job as an executive in the NBA. When discussions of a potential franchise going to Seattle arose, Jackson reportedly had interest in a position there.

Reports indicate that Phil has a 5-year contract with the Knicks, and Steve Mills will remain the team’s General Manager.