Mason, 48, suffered a heart attack in early February.
Knicks GM Steve Mills said the deal helped better balance New York’s roster, which was heavier at shooting guard but not deep at small forward behind Carmelo Anthony.
I feel much better about the hiring after hearing Fisher speak. It’s clear he’s something different, and maybe something special.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Phil Jackson may one day return to the Knicks — just not as head coach. The team has reportedly offered the legendary coach a front office position. Jackson was said to be mulling the offer and expected to give his answer next week.
World Peace, 34, is a Queens native who played his college ball at St. John’s. The 15-year veteran forward, who signed a two-year deal, $3.2 million contract last offseason, played in just 29 games, averaging 4.8 points.
With CAA pulling Steve Mills’ marionette strings, will the Knicks only be able to attract clients from that agency? The Knicks are toxic. They destroy everything they touch.
How is it humanly possible that the Knicks have not sat down with the foundation of their franchise? How have they not asked him about the future and what kind of teammates he wants to play with?
With a thick veil of secrecy surrounding Madison Square Garden at all times, there’s no way of figuring out what the Knicks organization is actually thinking at any given moment.
The Knicks are playing not only against their opponents, but a timer that will hit zero at a time of Dolan’s choosing. When it does, all New York fans will feel the pain.