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.
Two Lakers greats are chucking up a half-court shot at the buzzer, campaigning Los Angeles brass to swoop in and hire the Zen Master. Will it go in?
The so-called Zen Master, who has 11 NBA titles as a coach and two as a player, verbally committed to running the team’s basketball operations over the weekend, according to the New York Post.
By dint of his divine career, the Zen Master’s aura will cure the diseased Knickerbockers. It seems so simple you wonder why Jim Dolan didn’t do this sooner. But there are myriad contradictions to the move.
“Phil doesn’t want to work with Steve,” a person close to Jackson told the New York Daily News. “Mills doesn’t know what to think now. Dolan is calling the shots on this one.”
According to a report, the Hall of Famer is expected to tell owner James Dolan on Monday whether he’ll accept a position in the organization’s front office and run basketball operations.
Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not impossible to believe Dolan would actually relinquish control to someone. The model is right in front of everyone’s eyes: Glen Sather and the Rangers.
It’s easy to label the Knicks losers. But why must we join them? They say not just a tree but also a team grows in Brooklyn.