Knicks owner James Dolan says he has no plans to fire team president Phil Jackson.
"I'm going to honor my agreement," Dolan said during an appearance with Michael Kay on ESPN Radio on Friday. "It doesn't matter whether I think he's right or wrong. ...Let's hope that he's successful."
Jackson has two years left on his deal and Dolan said he won't be "exercising any opt outs" in order to get Jackson to leave earlier.
Regarding Jackson's issues with Carmelo Anthony and a potential trade, Dolan said he's not stepping in because that would be "meddling" with Jackson.
Dolan also suggested that any questions about the state of the team should be directed to Jackson.
Jackson, who has reportedly been trying to trade Anthony, took another shot at Anthony in public earlier this week.
As asked, Jackson has been given full autonomy over the course of his Knicks' tenure. For years, Dolan has proven both an easy and likely person to blame in all of the organization's struggles and/or negative happenings. The Charles Oakley situation is only further proof that New York's owner doesn't always make the right decisions or act appropriately.
The irony here is that by giving Jackson power, freedom, and longevity, Dolan frees himself of just about all blame. The Knicks' inability to perform has Jackson's fingerprints over it much more than it does Dolan's at this point. The only thing he did wrong with regard to the team's on the court product over the last three seasons is hire a man with no experience as an NBA executive.
For the fans and media calling for Jackson's head, they might as well sit tight. As far as Carmelo Anthony is concerned, Dolan's comments should signal that it's much more likely the star forward leaves town first.