He won’t be coaching or calling any sets, but Knicks president Phil Jackson has made a pledge to be more involved with the day-to-day operations of the team.

It’s a welcomed approach, according to head coach Derek Fisher.

Jackson told reporters that he felt like he “stepped back” too far last season to allow Fisher room to establish his own personality.

I thought that maybe I stepped back too far last year,” Jackson said on Friday. “I wanted Derek to be his own person, to have his own feel for this, and that was multiplied in numbers of ways. Derek’s kind of asked me to be a little more present this year, actually. Not in the aspect of coaching, but just in being around and talking basketball and influential in observations. I think I’ll probably be even more involved than I was last year as far as being here and being watchful and suggestive, watching film together with Derek at times.”

By Glenn Erby


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