New York Knicks president Phil Jackson could miss his side's game against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight due to his close affiliation with the struggling Western Conference franchise.
Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Jackson, who joined the New York Knicks at the beginning of last week, is expected to sit out Tuesday night's clash at the Staples Center to avoid any confrontation.
Lakers fans are said to be upset at the fact Jackson chose to take up a role at the New York Knicks.
The 68-year-old is also said to be keen on staying away from the Staples Center in order to stay in his fiancee's good books.
Jackson's long-term partner Jeanie Buss is the part owner and president of the Lakers.
The New York Knicks will be hoping to make up for their recent defeat against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday - to have another serious go at trying to claim a playoff place - while the Lakers will be hoping to build on their recent 103-94 victory against Orlando Magic.