Welcome Back Zen. Phil Jackson Returns to New York
As most of you all know, Phil Jackson has been brought back to where he started his NBA career to be the President of Basketball Operations of the New York Knicks.
With lingering ailments and an unwillingness to travel a full NBA season, the head coaching position seemed to be out of the equation. He trusts Mike Woodson to finish out this season and help complete this late playoff surge that the Knicks are now finding themselves in. Phil’s presence in the garden was felt Wednesday night when the Knicks hosted the Eastern Conference leaders, the Indiana Pacers.
The players know that Phil Jackson knows his basketball and drastic changes may be made in the offseason. The full roster wants to make a great first impression for the new president and show that they belong in New York, and that they can also bring a NBA Championship back to the Garden.
With Phil Jackson always being a coach that was able to be hands on with his players, he now needs to learn how to teach the team and future players the correct way to play the game from the executive suites, as well as fix the little errors that may lead to bigger and better things. He will put the correct coaches and personnel together that he will be able to trust and play the game the right way.
With the opportunity that Phil Jackson can bring to the court with his triangle offense and being able to get the best out of each and every player, he can lure in top free agents to New York City. Laying out all 13 NBA Championships rings on a table would certainly get my attention and attract me to be interested in teaming up with Carmelo Anthony. Lebron James has already mentioned he will now look at the Knicks when he has the opportunity to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat. If the Knicks can bring back Carmelo Anthony and wait till 2015 for when Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler’s contracts expire, call me crazy, but Kevin Love who grew up watching Phil Jackson coach in LA and Lebron James who may want to leave Miami with an often injured Dwayne Wade, the Knicks can potentially have a stacked roster. The team will have a draft pick that year, as well as a more experienced Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert.
There aren’t many negative things that can happen by bringing in Phil Jackson. Jim Dolan has already got this team into a big mess, so hopefully things can only go up from here.
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