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FILE - In this March 18, 2014 file photo, Phil Jackson, the new president of the New York Knicks, answers questions during a news conference in New York. Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks. Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday, April 23, 2014,  that he won't be returning to the bench, despite the fact that even fiancee Jeanie Buss told him he should. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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FILE - In this March 18, 2014 file photo, Phil Jackson, the new president of the New York Knicks, answers questions during a news conference in New York. Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks. Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday, April 23, 2014, that he won't be returning to the bench, despite the fact that even fiancee Jeanie Buss told him he should. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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