It was a deal that was more obvious than a busker playing a Beatles song in Liverpool.

As soon as the NY Knicks called a press conference for Tuesday citing a 'major announcement', the cat was out of the bag.

Phil Jackson, who won two NBA championships with the Knicks and a further eleven as head coach of the LA Lakers and the Chicago Bulls, is taking up the reigns as president.

Current president Steve Mills will stay with the Knicks in some capacity as Jackson takes over the basketball operations department.

The contract worth $12 million a year, will see Jackson spend time in New York but be able to stay living in LA.

In a meeting that will leave geography heads scratching, Jackson's contract for New York was signed in Los Angeles with his agent who is based in Chicago.

After a woeful time for the Knicks, this appointment will be seen as an opportunity to clear house and set the ship up for some smoother running.

It's likely that Jackson's first jobs will be to hire a new head coach and make a decision as to the future of Carmelo Anthony, who is currently carrying a Knicks team who've found a little form.

A late playoff run could see a bit of a delay to any of these actions and buy Jackson some more time to make any changes to the roster.

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