C's prez: We'll hate Knicks when Phil comes


The Knicks' hiring of Phil Jackson is going to add a little fuel to the Knicks-Celtics rivalry.

So says Boston Celtics president Rich Gotham.

"It'll just give us one more reason to not like the Knicks," Gotham told HuffPost Live. "In Boston we like to have good reasons to not like the New York teams, particularly the Knicks, if you're the Celtics.

"Phil, he's the guy who is the challenger to Red Auerbach's record for most titles won as a coach, so bring it on. Give us a little more fuel for the rivalry. I don't want to say anything about the people who are there now, but having a guy like Phil around, it's all good fun for us, because he's one of our nemeses."

Jackson actually has more titles than Auerbach as a head coach. Jackson has an NBA-record 11 titles as a head coach. Auerbach won nine as a coach. But Red had 16 as both a coach and executive. Jackson has 13 total rings (coach and player) and hopes to add to that title total with the Knicks. He is expected to come to an official agreement with the Knicks later this week to serve as president of basketball operations.