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Phil Jackson has yet to show his knack with woeful Knicks
Phil Jackson has yet to show his knack with woeful Knicks

The elderly woman approaches cautiously, like most people who come to his table in the upscale Italian restaurant. She tells Phil Jackson he knows her son, which, as it turns out, he does. Then she leans in and lowers her voice. "Good luck," she says to the most successful NBA coach of all time. "I hope things get better." "Things" would be the New York Knicks, the franchise Jackson was hired to turn around. He was given about $60 million over five years to do so, but the first season has been a New York state of grind. The roster is lousy, the cornerstone player limps around on a balky knee after signing a huge contract, and the triangle offense looks...

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