Jackson to the Knicks makes sense on quite a few levels:
(1) They’re a decently talented team with potential.
(2) It’s another big market gig. Jackson has already been successful in L.A. and Chicago, and some want to see if he can win a championship in New York, something never done before.
(3) The most obvious reason of course is that Jackson himself, used to play for the Knicks. Winning championships in 1971 and 1973.
Now all of this sounds good on paper, but it’s contingent on whether or not he even wants to coach again, and up to this point, he’s expressed no real interest.
Recently on an HBO Sports special, Jackson revealed why:
“I wasn’t gonna take that job, that’s for sure.”
“They don’t fit together well. Stoudemire doesn’t fit well with Carmelo. Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s gotta play in a certain system and a way.”
“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.”
The job of course is now filled by Mike Woodson, who recently agreed to a multi-year deal with the team.
Even though Woodson is under contract, if Phil Jackson ever truly wanted to coach the Knicks, they would have to listen. One thing is for sure though, it won’t happen with this current roster. The Knicks need to make some changes. I personally think they need to trade Stoudemire, and get 2 good value players in return…
At the end of the day, Phil Jackson is still out of basketball, but it just doesn’t seem like he’s ready to fully retire yet. The time off has most likely recharged him to the point he where wants to get back to the game he loves. I’m not fully sold yet on a Jackson coaching return yet, as some front office work would be the most probable thing for him, at least for 2012.
One way or another, I hope to see Phil back in basketball sooner than later. The game is better with him in it.