Paul Kitagaki Jr. Bee file, 2010 Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is itching to become involved in personnel, and Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie has lost his golden touch.

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Will Phil Jackson be able to turn around the Knicks?

Leading Off: Is Jackson-Knicks deal doomed to fail?

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014 - 6:17 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014 - 2:02 pm

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• What are Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks thinking? The former coach who won 11 NBA titles with the Lakers and Bulls reportedly has agreed to become president of basketball operations for the Knicks, an underachieving team led by Carmelo Anthony. Reports indicate two big issues remain to be worked out: Jackson’s day-to-day role and his preference to live in Southern California or on his Montana ranch. And those issues could doom this partnership from the start. Jackson, 68, has the credentials, but how can he possibly turn the team around if he’s not living in New York?

• There isn’t a better place than the Bay Area for Jonathan Martin, the offensive tackle who left the Miami Dolphins last season claiming he was harassed by teammates, to try to revive his career. Martin played for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and is taking classes at the university again. And the 49ers are a mature team who will accept and support Martin. As for football, Martin will only succeed if he’s good enough to make the roster and contribute.

• Barry Bonds smiled and said all the right things Monday during his introduction as a spring training special instructor for the Giants. And why not? The former slugger played 22 major-league seasons, hit more home runs than anyone else and won a record seven National League MVP awards, but his legacy has been all but destroyed by his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. He’s trying to make amends, and most Giants fans will continue to love him, especially if he can spread his knowledge to today’s players.

– Tom Couzens

What to watch

NBA, L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m., TNT: One of these teams is still worth watching.

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Will Phil Jackson be able to turn around the Knicks?

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Tuesday’s results

Will Barry Bonds’ return to the Giants open the door to the Hall of Fame?

• Yes, it will help: 33%

• No, voters don’t care about that: 67%

Total votes: 196

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