Phil's first hit a big blow to credibility

Phil Jackson's botched courtship of Steve Kerr leaves Knicks three-ring circus

Updated: May 15, 2014, 10:18 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Phil Jackson could not afford to lose this season opener, the first game of his front-office life. He was given $60 million to build a winning culture for the ever-dysfunctional New York Knicks, yes, but to land a procession of blue-chip recruits for them as well.

Jackson saw a talent in Steve Kerr that not everyone saw. He identified his former contributor to the Chicago Bulls dynasty as the one and only choice to coach the Knicks back to respectability and to serve as his apostle ...

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