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Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:06 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 10:09 am
 
Phil Jackson says he's not interested in coaching again, but New York is "special" (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

For starters, Phil Jackson told the New York Times he's not interested in coaching right now. Let's get that out there, first and foremost. See, I'll even blockquote it, from the New York Times
“I have no desire to coach,” he said. “You never say never, right? I mean, there’s always something that might change my mind — but I just don’t see it.
So Jackson is not "considering," "exploring," "rumored to be interested in," or in contact with the Knicks. He's hanging out in Montana and L.A., being Phil Jackson, and probably being pretty happy with the fact that when he baggage checks his championship jewelry, he has to pay the extra weight fees. 

However, the very next quote in that article is what makes you stop and go "hmmm" much as Arsenio Hall did in the early 1990's.
“Without a doubt, New York is special,” he continued in a vein a little more encouraging for Knicks fans. “Why wouldn’t it be? When I was there, it was one of the greatest times to be in New York. I mean, the Mets, Jets and Knicks won championships all in one year.”
via Phil Jackson Is Seduced by the Energy of New York - NYTimes.com.

Jackson, of course, won his first NBA championship as a player with the Knicks in the 1970's. A former teammate from his time there, Walt Frazier, is the color commentator. Bill Bradley, another teammate, lives there. He has history there.

Mike D'Antoni is in the last year of his contract. The Knicks are stuck in neutral, and D'Antoni's high-flying system is ill-suited to focusing around a shoot-first, shoot-last, shoot-always small forward in Carmelo Anthony and without a legit point guard, Amar'e Stoudemire has none of his strengths being maximized. The Knicks are a better defensive team this year, but the offense is so dreadful that finger-pointing has begun. As far back as three years ago, when Jackson was still winning titles with L.A., there was talk of Jackson returning to finish off his coaching run where it began, at Madison Square Garden.

The fact that the current Knicks roster is so amazingly optimized for the Triangle offense Jackson has always run (and been the only coach to be successful with it in the NBA) should not be overlooked. With Tyson Chandler in the low block, Amar'e Stoudemire in the high post, and Anthony on ther perimeter, it would allow Anthony to improvise, shoot and create, while not forcing him into running the entire offense, as the Triangle delineates decisions down to a set of options versus a free-flowing system. The Knicks lack of real guard help, even with the return of Baron Davis, would be acceptable as they would rotate weak side available for kick-outs as shooters on kick-and-drives to the basket from the far side.

The coach back where it started. A team in need of his talents. The similarities between Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, their friendship, even. One last run to finish his illustrious career where it began. It's too perfect. Which is why it probably will not happen. And yet, even as Jackson says he doesn't miss it... he kind of does.  Again, from the Times: 
“I don’t miss it. I really don’t miss it. But I think I have to stick my finger into an electric socket every once in a while just to get a little jolt out of life to keep it going because that’s what gave me the joys, the jollies of life.”
So, no, Phil Jackson will not be coaching the Knicks. Probably. Most-likely. 

...

But if he did ...
Comments

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

Who wouldn't want to see the Zen Master try to change that moron Melo?

It'd make for good TV, that's for sure.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:28 am
 

Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

Gotta love that picture of Phil. Im falling on the floor laughing so hard. Straight out of an early 70's porn! 



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:12 pm
 

Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

JACKSON WOULD TAKE A SHIT ON MIAMI AND RUB HIS ASS ON YOUR COURT TO WIPE THE SHIT FROM HIS ASS!



Since: Feb 5, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:43 pm
 

Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

you are a complete moron Donnie Walsh has been gone for a while so know your facts before you open your trap



Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:56 pm
 

Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

Phil Jackson wants the Heat job. The Heat core is perfect for him.

Pat Riley will never allow that too happen.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:50 pm
 

Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

Phil Jackson wants the Heat job. The Heat core is perfect for him. They have the same type of setup the Bulls had. Jordan-Pippen = Wade-LeBron. Kerr's 3pt ability in James Jones or Mike Miller. Bosh is almost like Kukoc just a bit of a downgrade. The Heat is perfect for him.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

I knew he was lying as soon as he said "NY Is Special"!!



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

The Knicks ned to fire Walsh, get rid of Carmelo Anthony and get a real star player.  If Walsh thinks that Melo was so necessary, he can take him.  It's like this team is cursed.



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:32 pm
 

Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

So to say it isn't D'Antoni...is to be an idiot.


While you're absolutely right about D'Antoni not being the right fit for Melo and Amare, I think the reason that people are arguing that it's not D'Antoni's fault is that he signed up to coach a very different team. He didn't want to go through with the Melo trade, having a inkling that it would not work out well, but Walsh pushed it through anyway. It's a bit harsh to villify D'Antoni when most of the problem has come from the front office trying to force a square peg into a round hole. If Walsh was determined to have Amare and Melo, then he should have gotten rid of D'Antoni and obtained a coach better suited for the talent. That acknowledges that D'Antoni and that team go together like a peanut butter a baloney sandwich, but it's not quite the same as saying it's D'Antoni's fault. As for D'Antoni failing in the playoffs...well...you could have said the same for Rick Carlisle before last year. Just because you don't win a championship does not make you a poor coach.



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:31 pm
 

Jackson says coaching Knicks would be 'special'

So to say it isn't D'Antoni...is to be an idiot.


While you're absolutely right about D'Antoni not being the right fit for Melo and Amare, I think the reason that people are arguing that it's not D'Antoni's fault is that he signed up to coach a very different team. He didn't want to go through with the Melo trade, having a inkling that it would not work out well, but Walsh pushed it through anyway. It's a bit harsh to villify D'Antoni when most of the problem has come from the front office trying to force a square peg into a round hole. If Walsh was determined to have Amare and Melo, then he should have gotten rid of D'Antoni and obtained a coach better suited for the talent. That acknowledges that D'Antoni and that team go together like a peanut butter a baloney sandwich, but it's not quite the same as saying it's D'Antoni's fault. As for D'Antoni failing in the playoffs...well...you could have said the same for Rick Carlisle before last year. Just because you don't win a championship does not make you a poor coach.



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