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Source: Jackson to be introduced by Knicks

  • FILE - At left, in a  June 13, 1997, file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the NBA Championship trophy aloft after the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. in Chicago. At center, in a June 21, 2000 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson waves to the crowd as the Lakers and thousands of their fans celebrate their NBA Championship in downtown Los Angeles. At right, in a June 16, 1996 file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the NBA championship trophy after the Bulls beat Seattle in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Chicago. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - At left, in a June 13, 1997, file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the NBA Championship trophy aloft after the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. in Chicago. At center, in a June 21, 2000 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson waves to the crowd as the Lakers and thousands of their fans celebrate their NBA Championship in downtown Los Angeles. At right, in a June 16, 1996 file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the NBA championship trophy after the Bulls beat Seattle in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Chicago. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson watches during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, FILE)

    FILE - In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson watches during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, FILE)

  • FILE - In this June 3, 2009 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson answers question during a news conference after practice for Game 1 of the NBA final basketball series in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

    FILE - In this June 3, 2009 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson answers question during a news conference after practice for Game 1 of the NBA final basketball series in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 29, 1974 file photo, New York Knicks' Phil Jackson (18) goes to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks' Cornell Warner during an NBA basketball game in Milwaukee. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 29, 1974 file photo, New York Knicks' Phil Jackson (18) goes to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks' Cornell Warner during an NBA basketball game in Milwaukee. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this June 13, 1997 file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the trophy aloft after the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 in Game 6 to win the NBA championship in Chicago. Jackson will be introduced as the newest member of the New York Knicks' front office Tuesday morning, according to a person familiar with the negotiations between the 11-time champion coach and the team.  The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Friday, March 14, 2014, because the Knicks would only confirm that a "major announcement" involving team executives was scheduled. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    FILE - In this June 13, 1997 file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the trophy aloft after the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 in Game 6 to win the NBA championship in Chicago. Jackson will be introduced as the newest member of the New York Knicks' front office Tuesday morning, according to a person familiar with the negotiations between the 11-time champion coach and the team. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Friday, March 14, 2014, because the Knicks would only confirm that a "major announcement" involving team executives was scheduled. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

  • FILE - In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson watches during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, FILE)

    FILE - In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson watches during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, FILE)

  • FILE - At left, in a  June 13, 1997, file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the NBA Championship trophy aloft after the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. in Chicago. At center, in a June 21, 2000 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson waves to the crowd as the Lakers and thousands of their fans celebrate their NBA Championship in downtown Los Angeles. At right, in a June 16, 1996 file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the NBA championship trophy after the Bulls beat Seattle in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Chicago. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson watches during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, FILE)
  • FILE - In this June 3, 2009 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson answers question during a news conference after practice for Game 1 of the NBA final basketball series in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 29, 1974 file photo, New York Knicks' Phil Jackson (18) goes to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks' Cornell Warner during an NBA basketball game in Milwaukee. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - In this June 13, 1997 file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the trophy aloft after the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 in Game 6 to win the NBA championship in Chicago. Jackson will be introduced as the newest member of the New York Knicks' front office Tuesday morning, according to a person familiar with the negotiations between the 11-time champion coach and the team.  The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Friday, March 14, 2014, because the Knicks would only confirm that a "major announcement" involving team executives was scheduled. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
  • FILE - In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson watches during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics, in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, FILE)

Phil Jackson is returning to the NBA.

Jackson has agreed to run the New York Knicks’ front office and will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday morning, a person familiar with the negotiations between the 11-time champion coach and the team told the Associated Press yesterday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Knicks would only confirm that a “major announcement” involving team executives was scheduled. Jackson also did not make any immediate public comment.

The move had been expected for several days, with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony saying earlier in the week that he was told Jackson would be “coming on board” with the team, which has not won an NBA championship since 1973. Jackson played for that team.

He has been out of the league and largely out of the public eye since 2011, when he ended his coaching stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. His arrival in New York will likely usher in a new era for the Knicks, who may miss the playoffs this season after winning 54 games a year ago.

Even NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said earlier this week that he wanted to see Jackson back in the game, saying “the league needs him.”

Apparently, the Knicks felt they needed him as well.

The 68-year-old Jackson has said in the past that teams have tried to lure him back to the NBA, and there has been speculation for several days that this offer from the Knicks would be good enough to get him to interrupt retirement.

Other than announcing the Tuesday news conference, the Knicks declined further comment. Jackson won six championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls, then five more with the Lakers.

Now comes a new challenge: Building a winner from the front office.

And he’ll be facing a number of big questions right away, such as the fate of Coach Mike Woodson, and what can the team do to try and keep Anthony, who will have the right to depart as a free agent this summer.

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