The Shame of Phil Jackson
This morning Phil Jackson was let go by the New York Knicks as President of Operations. To say his tenure was a disaster would be putting it nicely. He was fucking terrible as an executive -- to be blunt.
This is the same guy who has coached 11 NBA championship teams including two of the most important dynasties in league history. In his three full seasons in New York, Phil posted an 80-166 record. But it's not just the win loss record that made his stay a unmitigated disaster. The devil is in the details.
This is the same guy who granted a no trade clause to Carmelo Anthony in 2014. Then publicly attempted to embarrass Anthony multiple times through the media knowing he had zero leverage. Because again -- Phil Jackson was stupid enough to give Anthony a no trade clause.
Then last summer he did the unthinkable in head scratching transactions.
Jackson traded for Derrick Rose as a one year rental and then signing Joaquin Noah, who hasn't been a productive NBA player in nearly four years to a sizable $17 million a year deal that by the way does not reach it's completion for another three seasons.
By the way I did and still do defend the Rose deal only because again Rose was on a one year rental.
Seems like the only thing the Zen Master did actually get right was the drafting of Kristaps Porzingas in the 2015 NBA Draft. Yet even he managed to nearly screw that up this summer in alienating the budding star because Porzingas missed an exit interview and as a result nearly put him on the trading block.
Phil needs to hang it up. Go do some yoga. Enjoy life. Let us remember you for the great you did achieve when you were a head coach and the purveyor of the Triangle offense. Your Knicks years did not do you any favors for your legacy.
At least for one day Knicks owner James Dolan got it right.