Phil Jackson's reunion with the New York Knicks is almost officially official.
Amid media reports on Friday that Jackson had finally agreed to take over the team's front office, the Knicks scheduled a press conference that will include a "major announcement" for Tuesday. Jackson, 68, won 11 NBA championships as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and two as a player with the Knicks.
The NY Knicks will hold a press conference on Tuesday, March 18 to make a major announcement.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) March 14, 2014
Citing an unnamed NBA source, Scott Cacciola of The New York Times reported that Jackson's hiring will be announced at the press conference. While the Knicks remained vague in their statement about the upcoming press conference, reports that a deal had been finalized proliferated.
It's official. Knicks to announce Phil Jackson as new basketball chief at 11 a.m. press conference on Tuesday
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) March 14, 2014
Phil Jackson to Head Knicks’ Front Office http://t.co/NmgqLi8K2r
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 14, 2014
Knicks schedule press conference for Tuesday to announce Phil Jackson is joining front office: http://t.co/mWNGPessXo
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) March 14, 2014
Phil Jackson to be named Knicks president at a Garden press conference Tuesday: http://t.co/GWu6bQMV17
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) March 14, 2014
The Knicks have verbally agreed to officially announce on Tuesday that Phil Jackson is running their team.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 14, 2014
Tuesday. Knicks. Phil Jackson. Get weird.
— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) March 14, 2014
The Knicks' courtship of Jackson played out in the media in the days leading up to the announcement of the press conference, with various parties prematurely declaring the reunion complete along the way.
— Greg Anthony (@GregAnthony50) March 13, 2014
Congrats to Phil Jackson on his new role with the Knicks! It's good to have him back in the NBA!
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) March 11, 2014
The New York Post reported earlier in the week that an agreement in principle had been reached between Jackson and the team. Jackson's contract is expected to pay him $12 million per year, Ramona Shelburne and Chris Broussard of ESPN reported.