Phil Jackson spoke for first time as Knicks president

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Phil Jackson was finally unveiled as the New York Knicks' President today after weeks of rumors.

And in his first press conference with the franchise Jackson spoke in length about his new role.

From pinpointing the NBA's issue with footwork, to the role of Carmelo Anthony and the team's future goals, it was an absorbing introduction from the Zen master.

One of the most interesting things though was Jackson's admittance that 2015 is really the year that is key for the franchise.

With no first round draft picks this year, as well as being tied down salary-wise until next year Jackson admitted that they will begin planning for 2015 as of now.

And he firmly believes that Carmelo Anthony has a big part to play when that time comes around:

"I have no problems to committing to saying Carmelo is in the future plans,” he said.

Jackson returns to the New York Knicks several decades after winning two NBA Championships with the franchise as a player, winning another 11 titles as a coach with the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers in between.

This is Jackson's first front office role however, but in speaking to the gathered media at Madison Square Garden he announced how he will tackle the position:

"I have to jump in with both feet.

I’ve gotta move to New York, and I’ve gotta do this job the right way.”

Jackson answered numerous questions about long term plans but was keen to highlight the fact that the Knicks are still in the playoff equation this season.

He did however admit that discussions concerning current head coack Mike Woodson would occur in due time:

"We’ll have discussions at the end of the season with Mike,” he explained.

It remains to be seen how Jackson makes the transition from coaching master to a less directly involved role, or whether, as Knicks' President, he feels he can be more involved than many other front office employees across the league.

From the way he spoke today it certainly feels like he will be more hands on than most - a fact that owner James Dolan is well aware of:

"Today that clear vision and winning culture have come back to New York.

"Phil has a vision for the Knicks that I know will put us on a path to success.

"Phil will be in charge of all basketball decisions.”

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