Hours after Phil Jackson was officially announced as new Knicks President/savior, here's Scott Cacciola of the Times with THE BEST report on how "negotiations" between Knicks owner James Dolan and the somewhat elusive Jackson went down.
1. We pick up with Dolan and Knicks GM Steve Mills visiting Jackson at his home in California:
One minute, they were zigzagging over dusty trails in their ATVs. Then, Dolan looked back. No one was there. "We lost Phil," he said.
2. If James Dolan could do this, James Dolan would do this:
"Getting somebody like Phil Jackson to come in and build the team is sort of like getting Einstein to help you with your math homework," Dolan said.
Jackson laid out some of his philosophies, with Dolan absorbing as much as he could. ("He talked about the seven something-or-other things of offense," Dolan said, noting that he was impressed by Jackson's technical expertise.)
4. Famed record executive Irving Azoff, whom Dolan thanked profusely during the introductory press conference, plays a role, too:
[Azoff] invited about 150 of his male friends to his home in Holmby Hills, Calif., including actors (Larry David), television executives (Les Moonves) and musicians (at least three members of the Eagles). Also on the guest list: Jackson and Dolan.
Mr. Azoff said that his wife, Shelli, and the actress Chelsea Handler were the only women who attended.
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