During an episode of The Woj Pod (via NBC Sports' Dan Feldman), ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski detailed some of the issues involving Jackson's lack of preparedness during meetings:
"I heard some horror stories about Phil in presentation situations with players – unprepared, just disorganized. And sometimes, he’d have Steve Mills in there, who'd try to re-direct him. But I know of a couple players who walked out of meetings in a couple different free-agent scenarios and, 'Wow, that was Phil Jackson? That's not how I imagined he'd be.'"
After the trade deadline passed on Feb. 23, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News said one NBA general manager told him his team "can't get a hold of Phil. It's crazy."
ESPN NBA analyst Jay Williams said prior to the draft in June that a top prospect told him Jackson was "falling in and out of sleep" during the player's workout.
After the draft, Jackson and the Knicks announced a mutual parting of ways on June 28.
During his tenure as Knicks president, Jackson led the franchise to an 80-166 record with zero playoff appearances. They went 31-51 during the 2016-17 season, finishing third in the Atlantic Division ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.