Phil Jackson Disses New York Knicks: A Few Reasons Zen Master Is Wrong
Some New York Knicks fans are irritated by the fact that former Lakers coach Phil Jackson came out on HBO Sports and not only said that he would never even consider coaching the Knicks, but he continued to insult the team and its players.
He even called them "clumsy" and stated that he didn't think that they "fit together well."
But the Knicks did manage to make the postseason this year, and they had a wild season with Linsanity, injuries and Melo-drama.
Phil Jackson's comments may have been a bit harsh, but here's a few reasons why Knicks fans have no reason to worry about what the former coach has to say.
The Knicks Aren't Clumsy
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The Knicks were disappointing this season. Yes, they made the playoffs, but they were knocked out in embarrassing fashion during the first round.
However, clumsy is not a word that should be described for the Knicks.
They're an agile team with a great deal of experience in Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. You can sense the passion they have for the game when they're on the court in Madison Square Garden.
Jackson added that "there is just too much work that has to be done with that team."
I disagree. Every team has room for improvement, but there is a difference between a team that is struggling in the postseason and a team that should be labeled as "clumsy."
Amar'e and Melo Play Well Together
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Amar'e and Melo have both had their ups and downs this season, but when it comes down to it, they're good teammates on and off the court.
Phil Jackson stated that, "they don't fit together well. Amar'e Stoudemire does not fit together well with Carmelo. Stoudemire is a really good player but he has to play in a certain system and in a certain way. Carmelo will have to be a better passer. The ball can't stop every time it hits his hands."
I'm not sure how many Knicks games Jackson watched this season, but I'm pretty sure he must have missed the one against the Atlanta Hawks in late April when Amare and Melo combined for 61 points in a game that ended 113-112.
Not every player is perfect. Even Michael Jordan had his off nights (though they were rare). So, should Knicks fans and NBA fans expect the two Knicks players to be on point every game? No. But do they play well together the majority of the time? Yes.
The Knicks Will Continue to Improve
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Jackson insisted that the Knicks never called him for a coaching position. Whether they did or didn't, it still doesn't give him the right to put them down and badmouth a team that accomplished a lot in one season.
Does anyone remember a little thing called Linsanity?
The size of the Knicks fan base and the charisma and positive energy that surrounds Madison Square Garden is enough to make a non-believer into a believer. Do I think they'll win an NBA championship next year? No, I don't. But I think they're capable of improving, and they have the talents to make it past the first round of the playoffs next season.
So, when Phil Jackson badmouths the Knicks and says "I wasn't going to take the job, that's for sure," Knicks fans should be happy that they don't have that type of negative energy in the midst of their franchise.