Friday , Jan , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Phil Jackson Turns Down Invitation from Knicks

Phil Jackson, back at the Garden tonight, has declined the Knicks’ invitation to attend their 40th anniversary celebration of their first championship, according to a source.

The 64-year-old Lakers coach was a power forward on the Knicks’ 1969-70 championship team in his third NBA season, though he spent the entire season on injured reserve with a back injury.

Jackson didn’t miss a game during their second championship season in 1972-73. He also has 10 NBA titles as a head coach, including six with the Bulls.