Phil Jackson
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Jeanie Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, advised the legendary Phil Jackson not to become the president of the New York Knicks in 2014.

Jackson, who has won a record 11 NBA titles as a head coach, retired from coaching in 2011, but returned to basketball in 2014 as the president of the Knicks.

“I told him not to take it because it’s crazy there. Jeanie [Buss] told him not to take it. If he came there, it would end their relationship 3,000 miles away,” Charley Rosen, a close friend, confidant, and former assistant coach of Jackson told Marc Berman of the New York Post.