Dolan's desperation fuels Phil chase

Keeping Melo weighs heavily on Knicks owner as he pursues Zen Master

Updated: March 13, 2014, 7:37 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

Phil Jackson may turn out to be a dazzling combination of Jerry West, Pat Riley and the great Red Auerbach in his first try as a full-time front-office executive if he does finally agree to come to the Knicks.

Yet it's impossible to ignore that the team's pursuit of Jackson looks like a desperate act by a desperate man, Knicks owner James Dolan, that's meant, first and foremost, to keep Carmelo Anthony from abandoning the franchise this summer. It's more about the short term and ...

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