Will he be as shrewd in constructing a roster as he was in coaching one? Will he put in the legwork required to scout and evaluate players? Will he relocate to New York? Can he travel extensively at age 68?
The Knicks can't be sure of any of this.
But there will be one certainty as far as the
Adrift amid possibly the worst season since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1960, the Lakers need a stabilizing presence in their front office (not to mention in the office currently occupied by Coach Mike D'Antoni, but that's another story).
Though he has helped build multiple championship teams, General Manager
Bringing Jackson aboard would provide an assurance that the Lakers are doing everything they can to return to their championship ways. Even if he hasn’t accomplished anything as an executive, Jackson’s 11
Jackson could provide the kind of dynamic, charismatic face the organization has lacked since longtime owner Jerry Buss died last year. He could work in tandem with Jim Buss and Kupchak to make the kinds of moves in the draft, in free agency and via trades that could get the team back into contention ASAP.
If he zings anyone who dares to get in the way, all the better.
The Lakers already bungled bringing Jackson back after they fired
Their future could depend on not letting history repeat itself.