Monday, March 10, 2014

Consensus NBA Power Rankings, Week 20

As a coach, Phil Jackson has won a total of 11 NBA Championships with the Bulls and Lakers.

Of course, many will argue that he has had the all-time greats as players on those teams. After all, he had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen with the Bulls and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers.

Either way, 11 championships is 11 championships regardless of how much talent is on the roster.

But now Jackson is about to join the Knicks as part of the front office, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

"The Knicks have a sense of what's going to happen," the source said. "And as of right now, it looks like Phil's taking the job. There's always the possibility of something falling apart at the last minute, but the Knicks' sense is that he's joining them."

While he will be more than a consultant, the exact role is unclear except that he won't coach the team.

Broussard writes, "Whatever his title, the source said, Jackson will be an integral part of the club's basketball operations, although he will definitely not coach the team."

One year after securing the No. 2 seed and winning 54 games, the Knicks are 24-40 (.375). That said, they are on a three-game winning streak and only 3.5 games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, which reminds us of how bad the conference is.

The Knicks are the 22nd-ranked team in our updated NBA power rankings.

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