Former New York Knicks star Metta World Peace has backed Phil Jackson to improve the fortunes of the struggling Eastern Conference franchise.
Jackson is due to unveiled as the New York Knicks’ president on Tuesday after weeks of speculation linking the 68-year-old with a move to Madison Square Garden.
World Peace, who recently decided to leave the New York Knicks in order to move back to his home in Beverly Hills, believes Jackson is a terrific coup for his former side.
World Peace worked with Jackson, who played for the New York Knicks during his playing days, at the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 34-year-old believes Jackson played an important role on his personal career.
World Peace became a NBA champion in 2010 while playing under the stewardship of Jackson at the Lakers.
Speaking to the New York Post, World Peace said on the NBA’s most decorated coach: “He changed a lot of views on myself.
“One of the hardest things to become is a player who sacrifices. He showed me the benefits of sacrificing.
“Right before I came to the Lakers, I was averaging 16, 17 shots per game. After that, it was all about sacrifice and my numbers went down.
“I was the same player, but he showed me the benefits of sacrificing to win a title.
“He knows how to push people’s buttons and get people tuned in to the right frequency.
“When he coaches, he wasn’t hands-on every second. He gave us the leeway to win. It wasn’t pressure. It was leeway.”
The New York Knicks’ first game under Jackson’s regime will come against the Indiana Pacers at the Garden.
Mike Woodson’s side go into Wednesday’s game on the back of a run of six consecutive wins.