Many fans will embrace the idea of Jackson being in charge simply because they are desperate. Plus, Jackson is a big name. New Yorkers love that.
And, Jackson comes with 11 NBA titles in his back pocket. Sadly, all the hardware won't make a difference.
At this point, for all we know, Jackson could wind up being the NBA's Matt Millen, the worst GM in pro sports history.
Millen came to Detroit with four Super Bowl rings as a player. It told everyone that Millen was a winner. For sure, it impressive for the Lions' organization, which has won just one playoff game since 1957.
But Jackson and Millen shared one thing at the time both took over championship-desperate teams.
No experience. None. Zilch. Nada.
Go ahead, pooh-pooh it. Act as if it doesn't matter when taking over a team's front office.
"This is an opportunity, that's what I look at it as, not as a possible failure chance," said Jackson, who signed a five-year, $60 million deal at age 68.
Jackson won't tarnish his legacy one bit - he's won the most championships as coach, a record that's safe.
This gig, however, will prove that Jackson isn't any smarter than the countless others who have tried before him.
It's hard winning a championship from scratch, something Jackson never did.