Irving Azoff, a music mogul who has long held courtside seats at Staples Center, hosted the December party at which Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan began informal discussions about Jackson's joining his team’s front office.
Three months later, Jackson was introduced as the Knicks’ president.
“These two guys are going to be fantastic together,” Azoff told Bloomberg News on Tuesday of Jackson and Dolan, one of his longtime business partners.
“And if this doesn’t go well,” Dolan said, laughing, "we’ll blame you, OK? But I know it will.”
Azoff, 66, has known Jackson since his days as Lakers coach after being invited to dinners with late Lakers owner Jerry Buss and team officials as part of his courtside seat package. Azoff told Bloomberg he attended four meetings involving the Knicks and Jackson.
He was also there Tuesday when Jackson officially became part of the organization.