|BetUs.com has posted odds on Phil Jackson to return to New York and pull the Knicks out of a losing rut and big money wagers are being placed on Jackson's return to the court. |
'Even though interim coach Herb Williams is the current betting favourite, unless he does a spectacular job over the next few months, I expect the Knicks' management to look elsewhere next season,' says Mike Foreman, spokesperson for BetUS.com.
ESPN reported that Jackson would accept a phone call to discuss the possibility should Isiah Thomas approach him about the coaching position with his former team. The Zen Master has said he doesn't have the urge to coach, but is willing to entertain the idea. Although Jackson may not feel the fire for coaching, many others are fuelling the prospect of Jackson's return through the media.
'Jackson may already have nine NBA championships rings, but there are still many that doubt whether he's the greatest coach of all time,' says Foreman. 'He was blessed with Jordan, Kobe and Shaq. There has to be something inside him that wants to prove the nay-sayers wrong and build a championship team without one of the greatest players of all time.'
According to Foreman, Jackson is the best coach available for the job - 'without a doubt.' Despite those who may question Jackson's ability, the Knicks have a line-up of talented players and need a strong coach to build them into an elite team. 'Our customers are backing Jackson,' says Foreman. 'They believe Jackson's ego will get the best of him and bring him back to the court.'
BetUS.com has Jackson listed at 4/1, behind betting favorite Williams, listed at 2/1. The company's Website also features wagers on other coaching possibilities such as Michael Jordan and Rick Majerus.