Why Are New York Knicks Fans Still Planning To Protest Despite Addition Of Phil Jackson?

By Tim Ahmed
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In early March, a group of New York Knicks fans planned to protest their frustration of the irresponsible decisions made by owner James Dolan and his team executives since he purchased the team 14 years ago.

Mark Griffin, one of the organizers behind the group KF4L, or Knicks Fans for Life, sent an email statement to ESPN’s Ian Begley and wrote, “We want to remind Dolan and the NBA that our voices matter. We buy the tickets, the jerseys, the NBA League Pass subscriptions. We are frustrated. We are tired. We deserve better.”

On Tuesday morning, the Knicks held a press conference to officially welcome a former member of the organization and the new president of basketball operations, Phil Jackson. Jackson had a lot to say about the current issue involving the team.  Some of Jackson’s solutions include: implementing a systematic offensive set, changing the team’s culture and to emphasize fundamental skills that are missing in the Knicks’ current squad.

The 11-time NBA championship coach had inspiring and promising words for Knicks fans during his press conference. How would the protesters respond to Dolan’s newest addition?

According to Griffin, the event is still on. However, the purpose of the protest has changed a bit. “As a group, we all share the same promise and hope that other Knicks fans have at the hiring of Phil Jackson,” he said. “This is a good step, but it does not change our skepticism that Dolan will allow Phil the autonomy to bring a real competitor to Madison Square Garden. We’ve been sold the same promise and hope time again by this owner.”

The group intends to protest outside the arena before the Knicks face the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night.

Tim Ahmed is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com.  Follow Tim on Twitter @TheTimAhmed, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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