Phil Jackson Would’ve Turned Down An Offer From New York Knicks
Legendary head basketball coach, Phil Jackson knows basketball and what it takes to win a championship. As a coach, Jackson is an 11-time champion. So his opinion on the dynamic that it takes to win is important.
If he believes that a team, a high profile team with loads of talent, doesn’t have the make-up to win a title, he is probably right.
Before I continue, if you are a New York Knicks fan you are free to look away.
His take falls in line with what my eyeballs have been telling me, stating that he was not approached about coaching the Knicks but that he would have turned down the offer.
“There’s just too much work that has to be done with that team,” Jackson said in the interview with Andrea Kremer, which is set to be televised on Tuesday. He added, “It’s a little bit of a clumsy team.”
For the record, I agree.
Jackson doesn’t believe the Knicks duo is as dynamic as they need to be, in terms of chemistry. I don’t think that Carmelo Anthony would fit in a triple-post offense with motion and post-passing because he is a ball hog. He has said that he isn’t comfortable if the offense is not run through him.
“Stoudemire doesn’t fit together well with Carmelo,” Jackson said. “Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s got to 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.”