As for all that Phil speculation: it sounds like a done deal. It's just a matter of money and titles before Phil Jackson becomes the latest transaction ownership executes to make you forget that what this team really needs is new ownership.

The longtime former coach will not be a mere consultant for the Knicks, as he was recently for the Detroit Pistons. Whatever his title, the source said, Jackson will be an integral part of the club's basketball operations, although he will definitely not coach the team.

While Knicks owner James Dolan will pay Jackson handsomely to make basketball decisions, Dolan is still expected to maintain a voice in terms of decision-making, the source said.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.