Even though he was never officially asked by the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson has made it clear that he never had any desire to come to the Big Apple and coach this current squad, calling the team "clumsy" in a recent interview.
In an interview on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, set to air Tuesday night on HBO, the Zen Master, 66, apparently decided to finally discuss all the rumors about possibly coming out of retirement to coach a team that he won two titles with back in the '70s.
Jackson had this to say about his former squad: "They don't fit together well. [Amar'e] Stoudemire doesn't fit well with Carmelo [Anthony]."
Ouch. STAT's still pretty talented though right?
Said Jackson: "Stoudemire's a really good player. But he's gotta play in a certain system and a way."
Well yeah...but Melo's a great player.
"Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can't stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together."
It certainly seems like Jackson, an 11-time NBA champion as a head coach, knows how to win, and the fact that Jackson wouldn't have even considered the Knicks job just further proves how far New York still needs to go.
Jackson certainly won't come out of his recent retirement if he doesn't think he has a contender, and if that's truly what he thinks about this current Knicks squad, they certainly aren't contenders.
Hopefully, that "someone" who Jackson mentioned turns out to be current Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who signed a multi-year contract in late May after taking over for Mike D'Antoni halfway through last season.
Under Woodson, the Knicks had a terrific turnaround and eventually won their first playoff game in more than a decade. It's a small start, but hopefully something that the Knicks can build on during the offseason.