Phil Jackson powerless to save Knicks, says Barkley

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The New York Knicks are widely expected to employ Phil Jackson in the coming days in an effort to save the franchise's stumbling season.

But even if they do employ the ex-Knick turned championship winning coach in some capacity, it won't be enough to stop them from struggling on the court.

That is the opinion of outspoken Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley.

Asked by TMZ Sports whether the arrival of Jackson will help the Knicks in the longterm, Barkley was adamant it would't make a difference:

"Y'all need players.

"I love Phil Jackson, and respect him, but the Knicks need players," he explained.

Jackson has won 11 titles through the years, building dynasties at both the Lakers and the Bulls.

But his potential role with the New York Knicks is expected to be in the front office rather than courtside and, with no previous experience in this area specifically, many have questioned whether it is a logical move.

The former 76ers and Suns man wasn't sure whether Jackson could make the transition, but felt it was redundant until they brought some better players into the roster.

Ironically the Knicks are actually in the midst of one of their best runs of the season, winning last night agains the Sixers to make it four in a row as they seek to salvage their season.

Phil Jackson's arrival could be the next step in the rehabilitation but Charles Barkley clearly feels there is are more pressing matters that need to be dealt with first.

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