The most telling move the Knicks made Monday was not firing Mike Woodson. That was inevitable. It was firing Herb Williams.
And the hypocrisy of pro basketball goes on. It’s a players’ league until the players lose. Then it’s the fault of the fella who didn’t take one shot all year. But Phil Jackson still had to can Mike Woodson.
The new team president seemingly doesn’t want to sit on the bench any longer, but he’s not going to find anybody that is going to do the job as well as he could.
As bad as this season has been, and as good as another 50-win season would have been to experience, there is no contest as to which would have benefited the Knicks franchise more in the long run.
According to a story by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, if you were a free-agent being pursued by the Knicks, Mr. Dolan saw to it that you didn’t leave with out a CD of his band performing.
Was he perfect? Of course not. He is not a great public speaker, so there was plenty of hesitation and “uhhs” between his words, but none of that matters when compared to the words that came out of his mouth.
A musician — you may or may not have heard of his band, “JD and the Straight Shot” — Dolan attempted to use his music to his advantage when trying to encourage players to sign with the Knicks.
There’s a reason they call him the Zen Master. Jackson knows his No. 1 priority is to put a winning product on the court. To that end, he plans on molding the mental state of his players.
The Phil Jackson era has begun. It’s a new beginning. It’s real hope for Knicks fans. In a season that has had very few good days, yesterday was a great one for the ‘Bockers.
Boomer couldn’t help but feel good about the Knicks thanks to the mere presence of Jackson, citing the good old days when Phil actually wore a Knicks uniform.
“We want to build a team,” Jackson said. “We have a great opportunity. This is the best place to play basketball … I have to jump in with both feet. I’ve gotta move to New York, and I’ve gotta do this job the right way.”
The contrast in the men was startling, like a before and after photo glued together. It’s probably the last time both Jim Dolan and Phil Jackson will be smiling at the same time.
This is the start of a new era filled with questions and great anticipation. Knicks fans, enjoy the show, but don’t expect to learn a whole lot. This is only the beginning.
The press conference is presumably to introduce Phil Jackson as the newest member of the Knicks’ front office. What his position will be is not yet known, thought reports have suggested that he’ll be named director of basketball operations.
I see virtually no scenario in which Jackson looks bad coming out of this Knicks opportunity. If he clashes with Dolan and the result is an ugly divorce, everyone would blame Dolan and Jackson’s reputation would barely be scratched.