Phil Jackson was often the talking point for all the wrong reasons during his tenure as the New York Knicks President. This morning, his time as president has ended.
Some of the things that came out of the mouth of the legendary and winning coach had fans like, “What the Sports did he just say?”
Here, we count down the five most memorable quotes of Phil Jackson’s time as President of the Knicks.
5. Taking Calls for Kristaps Porzingis
“But as much as we love this guy, we have to do what’s good for this club.”
The most recent ridiculous comment from the former Knicks President, Jackson stated his lasting bitterness when Kristaps Porzingis skipped out on the exit meeting at the end of last season, stating “I don’t think I’ve ever had a player in 25 years of coaching, maybe 30, not coming to an exit meeting.” With such a prized and potential superstar asset in Porzingis, it is Jackson’s job to please his stars in this current NBA landscape…something he was not very good at.
4. Carmelo Anthony is a Ball Hog
“Carmelo a lot of times wants to hold the ball longer than — we have a rule: If you hold a pass two seconds, you benefit the defense. So he has a little bit of a tendency to hold it for three, four, five seconds, and then everybody comes to a stop,” Jackson said. “That is one of the things we work with.”
The question of whether star Carmelo Anthony and company would fit into the beloved triangle offense that Phil Jackson holds so dear ultimately lead to his firing. When picking up talent like the unicorn that is Porzingis and Anthony, it is important to find an offense that utilizes their talents to full effect instead of forcing an offense on your reluctant stars.
3. Phil takes to Twitter after Cavs loss
Phil Jackson took to Twitter showed his old and disjointed way of speaking on social media. The 71-year-old’s public criticism of his own team was a weird attempt to galvanize the players after getting crushed by the East’s best team.
2. LeBron’s “posse” Sparked Outrage
“You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.”
Jackson’s comments quickly caught fire with friends of LeBron James, the national media, and LeBron himself. The out-of-touch Jackson never exactly apologized or retracted the comment itself either, instead requesting everyone to just drop it.
1. Carmelo Anthony is better off somewhere else
“We have not been able to win with him on the court at this time and I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere he can win or chase that championship.”
The former NBA scoring champion and regular all star, Carmelo Anthony is the New York Knicks’ best player. So why would he be the problem or the one that needs to go? Perhaps a complete rebuild was on the horizon. Well, in the end it was not Carmelo who would leave Madison Square Garden, but Jackson instead.