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                === Phil Jackson to become Knicks' president ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Hall  of Fame head coach Phil Jackson has
 agreed  to  become the new president  of the New York Knicks, multiple reports
 have confirmed.
 
 The  Knicks issued  a release Friday night  stating that the team has called a
 press conference for Tuesday regarding a "major announcement."
 
 Speculation  surrounding  the Knicks  and Jackson  has been  rampant for a few
 days,  with an  ESPN report  issued  Wednesday citing  a source  close to  the
 negotiations saying only a few details needed to be ironed out.
 
 Jackson  retired from coaching in May 2011 after leading the Chicago Bulls and
 Los  Angeles  Lakers to a combined  11 NBA titles.  He guided the Bulls to six
 championships  and the  Lakers  to five,  the  last coming  in  2010 with  Los
 Angeles.
 
 At  his  retirement press conference  three years  ago, Jackson said his plans
 didn't include coaching in the NBA in the future. He never said anything about
 a front office position, a role he has never previously held.
 
 With  the Knicks,  the 68-year-old would  take over  for Steve Mills,  who was
 given the position of president and general manager just this past September.
 
 Jackson  played for the Knicks from 1967 through 1978 and was an integral part
 of  the team's last  NBA title in 1973. He missed the club's title run 1969-70
 with a back injury.
 
 The  Knicks are  in the  midst of  a disappointing  season after  reaching the
 semifinals  of the  Eastern Conference Playoffs in 2012-13. Though the club is
 currently  riding a five-game win streak, it entered Friday's play 3 1/2 games
 out of a playoff spot with a 26-40 record.
 
 
 
 
 03/14 20:33:51 ET