Knicks Part Ways With Phil Jackson.
News from the New York Knicks front office shook both the city and the sports world wednesday morning, the New York Knicks have parted ways with team president Phil Jackson.
After Hiring Jackson out of retirement,expectations were high. The legendary and Iconic basketball mind is famous for coaching NBA Hall of Fame athletes like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’neal to multiple championships,as well as his own playing career. He even was apart of the Knicks last championship team in 1973. Many hoped he would bring a change and winning atmosphere to the organization.
However, within three years Jackson led the Knicks to a disappointing 80-166 record. And after cycling through four different coaches,questionable acquisitions,and feuds between management and players;There has been more ego fueled drama in the locker rooms and offices rather that performance on the court.
With two years and $24 million left on his contract, The Knicks are ready to put all of that behind them.
“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” Stated James Dolan, the team owner.
In a response to his firing Phil Jackson stated,“The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart. This team and this town launched my NBA career….” He continues stating,”I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best—today and always.”
You might be puzzled with the team’s decision to fire Jackson so abruptly. Since the news broke,many have been speculating the move was inspired by Jackson’s recent attempt to dump the Knick’s star Forward Kristaps Porzingis,much to the displeasure of fans.
Despite Jackson’s legacy his term in New York has been filled with more gossip then wins. The constant criticism and cheap shots towards star player Carmelo Anthony in the press and behind the scenes,and high paying yet low resulting contracts from high profile players have all played a role in Phil Jackson becoming Public Enemy No.1 in New York City.
According to ESPN, Knicks general manager Steve Mills will remain and take the reins as free agency begins this weekend the team during free agency, which begins this Saturday. The team are considering multiple options,with rumors of Toronto Raptors’ President,Masai Ujiri,being a target.
Until then,one thing is for certain,the era of Phil Jackson and his Triangular offense is over. Knicks fans rejoice.