There's been a lot of talk about Phil Jackson spending most of his time on the west coast despite re-building the New York Knicks as an organization. However, his time may be split between coasts more than most think. Jackson bought an apartment in Manhattan for nearly $5 million.
Work may be a four letter word but it becomes easier to show up day after day when your commute isn't that long. Phil Jackson's commute to Madison Square Garden just became significantly shorter. Instead of flying across country all the time, he now has a home of his own in the heart of New York City.
Neal J. Leitereg of The LA Times reports the first-year team president has purchased a 2,600 square foot co-op for $4.85 million.
The property originally came to market in February with an asking price of $4.995 million. Amanda S. Brainerd at Brown Harris Stevens was the listing agent.
In addition to his new midtown apartment, Jackson owns a modern beachfront home in Playa del Rey and a house on Flathead Lake in western Montana.
The brownstone building is located on West 57th Street and has all the bells and whistles. It's fully renovated with original inlaid oak and cherry floors, hand-carved doors and windows and stained glass insets.
It might not be Montana but Jackson will not be roughing it in a typical New York closet-style apartment. Instead he'll have 2,600 square feet to get lost in. He has his own library, a wood-burning fireplace, luxury this, luxury that, three bedrooms and bathrooms which includes a master suite large enough for the former NBA power forward.
Not only did he get a great place, he got it for under the asking price. Not like that matters considering he just signed a five-year, $60-million contract with the Knicks. However, if you can get something for a discount you do it.
Overall, this doesn't mean much. However, it is a sign that Jackson is taking his job with the Knicks seriously. He wouldn't bother finding a home in New York if he wasn't committed to mission of re-building the Knicks franchise.
How often he remains in the New York remains to be seen. However, this purchase should make it easier for Jackson to remain around the team, watch them play, participate in practices and remain a presence in the locker room.
If this transition in scheme, theory and culture is going to work it's important for Jackson to get a feel for the players he has on the roster and learn what may work and what won't. It's also crucial for him to be around to learn who may fit into the system and who won't. Hopefully this purchase will keep the Zen Master in New York more often than not because that's what's best for the team moving forward.
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