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Phil Jackson to Knicks, Flip on the Radio

A few NBA notes for your afternoon


So the Knicks are apparently on the verge of hiring Phil Jackson to run their basketball operations.  Frankly, I can't see this going well. While Jackson has obviously had huge success as a coach, I wonder whether he has the patience and qualities necessary for front office work.  He's never been patient with young talent, and he's never been stuck in as rough a position as he will find the Knicks.

Meanwhile, he also has to put up with Jim Dolan, who is a legendarily meddlesome owner who exerts control over everything, including press access, something Jackson will no doubt bristle at, since he loves talking.

Still, it will be interesting to follow.

Elsewhere, Andrew Bynum is set to make his Pacers debut tonight against the Celtics.  Talk about a career crumbling. Still, he'll probably get more chances if he wants them; 7-footers with talent always do.  Sometimes even 7-footers without talent do.  Hard to imagine Frank Vogel having a ton of patience for him, but we'll see.

Memphis has slipped ahead of Phoenix for the 8th playoff spot in the West after the Suns lost to the Clippers last night. The Grizzlies and Mavericks both have 26 losses, while Phoenix has 27.

Meanwhile, Flip Saunders was on Colin Cowherd's national ESPN radio show this morning.  Here's a link to the segment; he didn't have much of anything to say. Talked a bit about the difference between coaching and front office work, and about the Love situation, but nothing we haven't heard before.

Tonight, the Miwaukee Bucks come to town sporting a 12-50 record. It has been a disaster for the Bucks, as their break out star from last year, Larry Sanders, has been a complete non-factor this season due to injury and behavior issues, while their "big" free agent signing, O.J. Mayo has been a huge (though unsurprising) disappointment.

What else is going on?