The New York Knicks and Phil Jackson have mutually agree to part ways.
“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” Knicks owner James Dolan said via statement. “Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.”
The news comes after the fact of increase talks of the future of Carmelo Anthony’s future with the Knicks. It was reported that Anthony’s side was attempting to negotiating a buy-out however, the Knicks were not willing to honor the notion.
Throughout the season Dolan assured that Jackson would be finishing out his five-year deal despite several claims that players and coaches were not too fond of Jackson’s persistence on running the triangle offense.
Jackson was originally hired in 2014 in hopes of turning around the New York franchise based on his prior success in the NBA. He spent 11 seasons and a two time NBA Champion as a player with the Knicks.