A league source said that the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson are expected to finalize a contract that will give the coach control of the team’s front office by the end of this week, and many pay per head sportsbooks would not mind seeing him take the role.
“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.”
An official announcement might not be made until next week, according to the source.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that there was plenty of speculation about the coach using the Knicks to get a top-flight job with another team, particularly with the Los Angeles Lakers, but price per head services learned that the Knicks are not afraid of Jackson leaving them for another team.
The coach will take over the Knicks’ basketball operations department from Steve Mills, president and general manager, but pay per head sportsbooks found out that Mills will continue to be a key part of the organization.
Even though Jackson will spend a lot of time in New York, it is not clear exactly how much time he will be there.
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“I think if he has the wherewithal to understand that these jobs are difficult, that they’re frustrating and he’s not going to be able to coach the players unless he wants to, I’m sure he could do a great job,” Jerry West told The New York Post on Monday night. “Coaching and being an executive are different things. But he has a lot to draw on in terms of experience with players, how to organize teams and how to put them together. The biggest thing to learn is that you’re going to need a lot of really good players.”
Many pay per head sportsbooks believe that Jackson could be of great help to the Knicks, and would really like to see if he gets the job.