NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Knicks just keep on losing.
The ‘Bockers dropped their ninth straight game on Tuesday night to fall to an almost unthinkable 4-19.
Prior to New York’s loss to the Pelicans, Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman sounded off on the Knicks at a promotional event in Manhattan.
Let’s just say he didn’t hold back.
“If I know Phil (Jackson), he just feels like s— right now,” Rodman said, according to ESPN. “I think he just feels like, ‘Wow, I thought I came here to do a great job and revitalize the city of New York.’ He didn’t expect this. He didn’t expect this. I saw him a couple of times on TV when I was in L.A., and I’m like, I know what you feel like, Phil.
“You came to be the savior and all of a sudden it’s like, ugh. Then you went and got Derek Fisher. Really, is he coaching? Is Derek Fisher coaching? I don’t get it. I don’t know what’s up with that team, man. You’ve got Carmelo (Anthony) and after that who else do you got?”
Jackson is in his first season as team president, and Fisher is a first-year head coach. This was supposed to be a transition year for the Knicks, but nobody expected this team to be 15 games under .500 on December 10.
Rodman, of course, played for Jackson with the Bulls from 1995-98 and with the Lakers in 1999. The two-time All-Star won three rings with Jackson in Chicago, and for the life of him he can’t understand why the Knicks are having so much difficulty learning and implementing the triangle offense.
“They’re not running the triangle,” Rodman said, according to ESPN. “Derek Fisher’s not really coaching. I know Phil is trying to throw his input in the background, but who expected this from Phil? They expected him, we’re going to give you $15 million a year for the next six years and this team is — wow — they might not even make the playoffs.
“I learned that in probably 15 minutes when I was in Chicago. It’s not that difficult. It’s a triangle. Everybody has an opportunity to touch the ball and shoot it. It seems like it goes back to Carmelo Anthony and then everything stops. What are you going to do?”
It won’t get any easier on Wednesday when the Knicks take on the defending-champion Spurs in San Antonio.
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