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             === Knick of Time? Jackson named Knicks' president ===
 New York, NY ( - 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.
 "I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Jim Dolan," said Jackson in
 a statement released by the team. "I have gotten to know Jim and he is totally
 committed to delivering a winner for New York. I started my career as a Knick,
 and know what it feels like to win in this great city."
 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
 his  former team  along the way. Later,  he led the Lakers to five titles, the
 last coming in 2010.
 Financial terms of the five-year deal were not announced and Jackson, who said
 he  would be  moving to  New  York for  this  position, wouldn't  commit to  a
 timeline  on how  long  it would  take  to  turn around  the  Knicks, who  are
 currently  13 games  under .500, haven't won  an NBA title since 1973 and last
 made the NBA Finals in 1999.
 "We're  not anticipating time. We're going to make one step at a time. I think
 that's  the most important thing. We're going to push this team and, hopefully
 push into the playoffs, and see how they really can compete and make decisions
 from there. From there on, we'll take it a step at a time as we go forward."
 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.
 "There  is only one Phil Jackson, and he is synonymous with winning basketball
 teams," said Dolan. "His history of success in the NBA is unrivaled, and he is
 the  ideal  executive to lead  our team and develop  short and long term plans
 that  build a  successful franchise and result in an NBA championship. That is
 our only goal, and what our loyal fans deserve."
 Dolan  also admitted  Tuesday  that he  is pulling  away  from the  day-to-day
 operations of the team with the hiring of Jackson.
 "Willingly  and  gratefully," Dolan  said at  Tuesday's press conference about
 giving Jackson the decision-making authority.
 "My whole job now is supporting them (Jackson and GM Steve Mills) in winning a
 championship and that's a lot easier then what I have done in the past," added
 Dolan, who admitted he's not a basketball expert and felt obligated to take on
 more responsibility in the past because he felt he had to.
 Jackson  now  takes over  the top job from  Steve  Mills, who  was  given  the
 position of president and general manager just this past September. Mills will
 stay on as general manager.
 "I  take the task  of helping to deliver a winning team to our fans seriously,
 and  look  forward to  combining  my  vision of  the  game  with Steve  Mills'
 abilities as a general manager," said Jackson.
 Jackson  was an integral  part of the Knicks' last NBA title in 1973 and 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.
 "I have something to say that is important for the fans to hear," said Jackson
 at the press conference on Tuesday, "we want to build a team."
 "Carmelo  is in  the future  plans," Jackson  later added  about star  Carmelo
 Anthony's  future with the  team is in question. The forward has an opt-out in
 his  contract after  this season  and his  past relationship  with Jackson  is
 thought  of something that could sway Anthony to opt out. In the past, Jackson
 was critical of Anthony's game.
 Jackson also said that head coach Mike Woodson would stay with the team and be
 considered as the team moves forward.
 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 12:39:52 ET