The mere thought of Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen would bring back memories of the Bulls dynasty during the 1990’s. During that time, he had many battles with Isiah Thomas‘ Detroit Pistons, Karl Malone‘s Utah Jazz and Patrick Ewing‘s New York Knicks. While the Pistons were an early roadblock for the Bulls prior to their championship run, the Knicks proved to be their main Eastern Conference rivals during their dynasty years.
Since then, the Knicks have fallen on hard times. Many GM’s have came and gone, while the head coaching position has become an endless carrousel of names that changes every couple of years. That’s why Knicks owner James Dolan recently hired former Bulls head coach Phil Jackson to be the team president—they needed a big name to lure free agents and head coaches to New York.
Apparently, one of the big names Jackson could be trying to bring in is Pippen. After striking out on Steve Kerr, who elected to coach the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Jackson may set his sights on Pippen in order to coach his Knicks. Jackson is looking for someone to utilize his coaching philosophies, such as running the triangle offense. After winning six championships with Jackson in Chicago, Pippen obviously knows the triangle inside and out. However, that doesn’t mean he should become the next coach of the Knicks.
During his run with the Bulls, Pippen would often go toe-to-toe with several of the Knicks players including Patrick Ewing, John Starks and Anthony Mason. Needless to say, Pippen wouldn’t exactly be welcomed by the fans in the Big Apple. Knicks fans are also hungry to win now, but that might not happen with the possibility of losing Carmelo Anthony in free agency. And if Pippen does become head coach of the Knicks, it wouldn’t take long for the New York media to pounce on him at the first sign of weakness, or even a short losing streak.
Pippen could be an excellent coach someday, but he shouldn’t even consider going to the Knicks as his first coaching stop. He doesn’t need to follow Jackson to New York in order to become a coach. He’ll just be Jackson’s puppet until he’s finally run out of town in a couple of years.