Phil Jackson looking to rebuild New York Knicks ahead of new season

Phil Jackson addresses the media during his introductory press conference as President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014
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New York Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson states that he is planning to rebuild the team into playoff contenders this coming season.

New York Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson has said that he is looking to rebuild the team into playoff contenders this season.

The side found it tough going last campaign as they finished with a 37-45 record and ended up ninth in the Eastern Conference standings, prompting the franchise to bring in new coach Derek Fisher to work alongside Jackson.

"I was fortunate to have a situation in LA where a team had gone into the playoffs," Jackson told reporters.

"They had been swept a couple of times in the playoff run, but they had been in the midst of the playoffs and were able to win the very first year that I coached that team there, which was a ready-made team basically with tremendous talent. Very similar situation in Chicago.

"This team does not got a personality. It's got over 35 percent of this team has changed, so we still have to kind of come together in a bonding way that creates trust, teamwork, identity, some things like that."

The Knicks get their new campaign underway against the Chicago Bulls on October 29.

Derek Fisher #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 21, 2014
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