New York Knicks Crazy to Even Approach Phil Jackson

By Shane Phillips
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been reported that New York Knicks GM Steve Mills met with the legendary Phil Jackson about two weeks ago. The discussion: becoming the next head coach of the Knicks. Sorry Mike Woodson; looks like the organization has already moved on without informing you, but I’m going to stop myself right there because Jackson told Mills he was not interested at this time. You can’t breath easy just yet, Woodson.

Honestly, what type of response did Mills expect to get from Jackson? The Knicks are currently 22-40, on the outside of the NBA playoff race in a pitiful Eastern Conference. They have players ranging from a possible felon to the league idiot. And, of course, there is the most important factor of all: New York has no guarantee that Carmelo Anthony is returning! Does that sound like a franchise Jackson is ready to step into?

I had really hoped that Mills was a more intelligent GM than the vibe the Knicks’ are giving off, but he is just as dumb as the players and coaches he overssees. I don’t care how many times he approaches Jackson or how many boxes of chocolates he sends him; the Zen Master won’t take the job because he knows how much of a mess New York is.

If Mills really was an intelligent man of business, he would have waited to talk to Jackson after the Knicks had re-signed Anthony and made some other roster moves. Going up to one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game and asking “hey, do you want to coach my team of deadbeats?” is like asking someone on the first date to marry you. No one in their right mind would want to coach that disaster of a franchise — not until some major renovations have been done. Sorry Mills, but you blew it with Jackson. Hope you have another name on that coaching list.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at

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