Jeanie Buss (l.), Phil Jacksonâ€™s fiancee and Lakers president, opens up about the Knick presidentâ€™s commitment to New York.
Donâ€™t worry Knicks fans, Phil Jackson remains in a New York State of mind.
Thatâ€™s according to his fiancee, Jeanie Buss, who just happens to be the current president of the Lakers.
In a wide-ranging interview with USA Today, Buss said Jax remains committed to fixing the awful Knicks.
“When Phil committed to going to the Knicks, he signed a five-year contract,” Buss said. “For him, that’s the job that he’s always wanted. To go back to where he started, and to put that team back to where he knew it could be. It’s kind of weird for me to think about that the last time the Knicks won a championship, Phil was a player on the team. So he’s very passionate about what he’s doing.”
Itâ€™s been a rough go for Jax in his return to the Big Apple, hence the rumors that he longs for an L.A. return.
In just the last year, the Knicks recorded a franchise-low 17 wins, fired coach Derek Fisher â€” partly due to his incompetence on the court and partly due to his dalliances off it â€” and most recently had to deal with interim coach Kurt Rambisâ€™ pornographic Twitter scandal.
And after the latest Knicks (24-34) flop â€” a 122-95 loss to the Raptors at the Garden on Monday â€” it had loyal Knick fans shouting for D-League call-up Jimmer Fredette.
And even with all of that, Buss said Jax will stay the course.
“He knows what he wants to accomplish, and he’s putting things in place to eventually get there,” Buss said of her fiance. “He doesn’t get discouraged. He knows there are setbacks, but I think he sees overall that they’re continuing to move in the direction that he wants, and so that is satisfying to him, but he’s not done with the job yet. He made a five-year commitment, and he intends to keep that and to continue to do what he started out to do.”
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