New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks named Hall of Fame head coach Phil Jackson president of basketball operations on Tuesday.
The move was expected after reports surfaced last week that Knicks owner Jim Dolan set his sights on Jackson for the position and was aggressive in getting the deal done.
Jackson, a player with the Knicks from 1967-78, 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, many times eliminating the Knicks along the way. Later, he led the Lakers to five titles, the last coming in 2010.
At his retirement press conference in May 2011, 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, Jackson takes over for Steve Mills, who was given the position of president and general manager just this past September.
Jackson was an integral part of the Knicks' last NBA title in 1973.
After becoming one of the best head coaches of his generation, Knicks fans salivated at the chance to have Jackson run the team. Now, they get that wish, but not as head coach.
The Knicks are in the midst of a disappointing season after reaching the semifinals of the Eastern Conference playoffs last spring.
However, the club is currently riding a six-game win streak and enters Tuesday's action four games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot with a 27-40 record.
New York takes the court again on Wednesday night at home against Eastern Conference-leading Indiana.
03/18 11:07:52 ET