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Knicks part ways with Phil Jackson, focused on Raptors president Masai Ujiri

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Phil Jackson’s time as New York Knicks president has come to an end. Here is some of the controversy that surrounded his tenure.
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The New York Knicks and Phil Jackson are officially parting ways, the team announced on Wednesday morning.

The Knicks are focused on Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri in the wake of the split, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt. 

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter. 

Knicks consultant Tim Leiweke, former CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment group, which owns the Raptors, hired Ujiri as Toronto’s GM in 2013.

Since leaving the Raptors in 2015, Leiweke has been the CEO of Oak View Group, a sports and entertainment consulting firm.

One of his partners with the Oak View Group is Irving Azoff, a longtime friend of Knicks owner Jim Dolan. Azoff played a significant role in bringing Jackson to the Knicks.

“MSG Executive Chairman Jim Dolan and Phil Jackson…

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