GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Knicks president Phil Jackson plans to take a more hands-on approach with coach Derek Fisher this season, at Fisher's request.
"I thought that maybe I stepped back too far last year," Jackson said on Friday. "I wanted Derek to be his own person, to have his own feel for this, and that was multiplied in numbers of ways. Derek's kind of asked me to be a little more present this year, actually. Not in the aspect of coaching, but just in being around and talking basketball and influential in observations. I think I'll probably be even more involved than I was last year as far as being here and being watchful and suggestive, watching film together with Derek at times."
Fisher said he'd welcome more input from Jackson, who has won an NBA-record 11 titles as a head coach.
"I'm the head coach of the team, I lead the team, I'll do what I need to do to get the job done," Fisher said. "But for sure, [I'm] looking forward to spending more time away from the team, talking basketball [with Jackson], talking shop, learning from one of the great basketball minds we've ever seen."
Specifically, Fisher said he'd like more input from Jackson on how best to structure his day. Jackson said he plans to watch more game video with Fisher and his staff.
"It would be helpful to be able to do more one-on-one discussion of specific things that are going on with our team [with Jackson] as opposed to knowing that he's sitting on the other side of the building and has seen more basketball than I've seen in my entire lifetime and not utilizing that resource to help myself and help our team," Fisher said.
The Knicks won a franchise-low 17 games last season, Jackson's first full year as team president and Fisher's first as an NBA head coach.
On the eve of training camp last season, Jackson said he thought the Knicks could compete for a playoff spot. This year, he didn't want to place any expectations on the team.
"I want to stay away from expectations," Jackson said. "It is such a long season. We want to talk about competitiveness, about home-court advantage."
The president did say he wanted the team to get off to a "quicker start" this season. Seven of the Knicks' first eight games this season are against teams that made the postseason last season.
The Knicks started last season at 2-8.
"We hope to do a little better this year to the start of the season," Jackson said. "We have a less of a pressured schedule because we don't have the London trip, we don't have the All-Star Game and that makes for an easier schedule this year. We hope to get off to a good start."
Jackson didn't land any stars in free agency but signed players who he hopes form a balanced roster.
The Knicks signed Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin and Kyle O'Quinn in free agency. They also drafted Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick and selected Jerian Grant with the 19th pick in June's draft.
There are just three players left from the Knicks' opening night roster last season.
"This does feel like a group that's kind of been hand-picked," Jackson said.
The team president is entering the second full season of a five-year contract worth approximately $60 million.