Phil Jackson won NBA titles as a player and a coach. He’ll now try winning as an executive.
And this quest will take him back to where his career began.
Jackson has agreed to run the New York Knicks‘ front office and will be formally introduced by the team at a news conference at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday morning, a person familiar with the negotiations between the 11-time champion coach and the franchise told The Associated Press on Friday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Knicks would only confirm that a “major announcement” involving team executives was scheduled. Jackson also did not make any immediate public comment, but the move had been expected for several days - and was practically confirmed earlier this week by Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who said he had heard the Hall of Fame coach was “coming on board.”
Steve Smith didn’t waste time finding a new home, signing a three-year contract with the Ravens about 24 hours after being released by Carolina.
The Ravens announced the signing of the 34-year-old Smith on Friday.
Smith was released by the Panthers after 13 seasons. He should provide a solid weapon for quarterback Joe Flacco.
“This has been an organization with a history of giving veteran players a chance and meshing them with younger players,” Smith said on a conference call Friday.
Smith ranks 19th in the NFL in career receptions. He caught 64 passes for 746 yards and four touchdowns in 2013. Smith is Carolina’s all-time leader in receptions (836), yards receiving (12,197) and touchdowns (67).
In other moves Friday, suspended former Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner said he has agreed to a contract to join Darrelle Revis in New England, where Browner will miss the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy; LB Brandon Spikes agreed to a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills; two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman agreed to a one-year contract with Chicago; Oakland signed free-agent defensive lineman Antonio Smith to a two-year, $9 million contract and cornerback Tarell Brown to a one-year, $3.5 million deal Friday; veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan found a new home in Miami after an injury-plagued 2013 with the Rams; Detroit re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who will get a $16 million, four-year contract with half the money guaranteed; Green Bay re-signed defensive tackle B.J. Raji to anchor their defensive line; and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press, “You can say I’ve been released, yes” when asked if Tennessee had cut him.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s cancer has returned.
The Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo said in a statement that the cancer was found when the former Buffalo Bills star came in for follow-up testing after having oral surgery to remove cancerous cells last year.