By Ray Kim on April 23, 2014
Phil Jackson signed on to become president of the New York Knicks for a deal that will pay him million annually for five years. Jackson hasn't had much time to make an impact on the Knicks yet, but he did fire the whole coaching staff which was pretty predictable. I believe he has already made the Knicks better in these five ways.
The long suffering Knicks fans finally have someone they can trust. Phil Jackson won a record 11 NBA championships as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls and two as a Knicks player. How can you not trust him to make good decisions for this franchise? Any decent decisions will be better than what the Knicks fans are used to seeing.
Phil Jackson believes triangle offense is the best offense in basketball. It's hard to defend, tough to predict and lots of ball movement creates confusion. Jackson has used triangle offense all throughout his coaching career in the NBA and was very successful. Jackson will bring in someone who is familiar with triangle offense and can run it. Triangle offense will be better than just letting Carmelo Anthony facilitate the offense.
Carmelo Anthony loves his money, and the only way to get the most guaranteed money is to re-sign with the Knicks. Carmelo knows he's better off leaving if he wants to win now, but now he has another reason other than money to stay.
New York is an attractive NBA city, but for some reason the Knicks could not sign big time free agents recently, except Amare Stoudemire. With Phil Jackson, free agents will want to come to New York because they trust that he will make right basketball decisions for this franchise.
James Dolan has been one of the worst owners in the NBA. With Phil Jackson in the fold, Dolan will have less power making basketball decisions. Less James Dolan means more success for the New York Knicks.
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