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Phil Jackson seeks to recreate magic at the NY Knicks

NEW YORK -- Phil Jackson vowed to revive the struggling New York Knicks as he was officially announced as their new president Tuesday, returning to the team where he started his glittering career.

The 68-year-old Hall of Famer, who has won a record 13 NBA titles as a player and coach, said his aim was to bring a winning tradition back to New York.

"I am going to jump in with both feet," Jackson said during a news conference at Madison Square Garden. "We want to build a team.

"We're going to make one step at a time. I think that's the most important thing.

"We're going to push this team and, hopefully push into the playoffs, and see how they really can compete.

"From there on, we'll take it a step at a time as we go forward."

Jackson will be trying to recreate the magic he was part of with the Knicks in the 1970s.

Jackson, who played for the Knicks from 1967 to 1978, has been put in charge of all basketball decisions. He won two titles as a player with the Knicks, helping them win their most recent NBA crown, in 1973.

"We are looking forward to embracing the past but also looking forward," said Jackson, who has never had a losing season in the NBA as a head coach. "To come back to the place where I started in basketball is a great feeling."

Jackson signed a five-year contract but wouldn't commit to a timeline on how long it would take to restore the team to winning ways. The contract is believed to be worth US$60 million, the New York Daily News reported.

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