The meeting was brief, but impressive.

A little more than two hours before tipoff of last night's Pacers-Knicks game, Phil Jackson walked into the Knicks' locker room and made his way around the room to shake hands with each of his new players.

Jackson, who was named the Knicks' head of basketball operations on Tuesday, will likely be making some big changes to the roster over the coming year. Yesterday, however, everyone in the room was his player.

"He was just excited about joining," Carmelo Anthony said. "He came in and . . . said how excited he was about this opportunity and told us to focus on the game."

Said Amar'e Stoudemire: "It's going to be a good thing. He's bringing his pedigree and experience to the ballclub. He knows what it takes to be champions."

Walsh: A "great" hire. Former Knicks president Donnie Walsh said that he thinks Jackson "will be great" as the new Knicks president.

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Walsh, who is now a consultant for basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, served as the Knicks' president from 2008-2011. It was during his tenure that he signed many of the players now on the Knicks' roster, including Stoudemire and Anthony.

"I think it will be great for Phil to be there," Walsh said on "The Michael Kay Show." "I think he's a great basketball mind, not just a good one. I think he'll approach it the same way he did coaching a team, which is to build a team and create a culture around that team that leads to winning. I think there's every reason to be excited in New York."