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Don't bet on Jackson saving Knicks

Phil too smart to want job that won't bring rings, and he doesn't need headaches

Updated: March 15, 2012, 12:58 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Dave Checketts was the first man to recruit Phil Jackson for the New York Knicks, hosting the bluest of blue-chippers for four hours in his Connecticut home. Checketts had a lot to offer Jackson back in 1999, big money and bigger plans with a Finals-bound roster.

The Knicks had Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell, Larry Johnson, Marcus Camby and a Patrick Ewing in decline.

"And yet I knew Phil well enough to know he was just playing me," the former Garden president said Wednesday ...

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