Knicks Cut Ties With Phil Jackson

The New York Knicks have announced that they're parting ways with team president Phil Jackson.

"After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," Knicks owner James Dolan said.  "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."

Jackson, 71, signed a 5-year contract worth $60 million with the Knicks in 2014.  During his three seasons with the team, the Knicks compiled a record of 80 wins and 166 losses.  There has also been resistance to Jackson’s effort to implement the triangle offense.

"I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden.  As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren't able to do that.  New York fans deserve nothing less.  I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best - today and always," Jackson said.

Dolan said the organization is evaluating how to move forward from here.  General Manager Steve Mills will run the day-to-day business of the team in the short term.

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