Phil Jackson has not long taken his seat as the President of the New York Knicks but is already eying some upsets in the post season.
He's already seen enough from his new Knicks squad to make him believe that they can make some noise in the playoffs, that is as long as they make it there.
Tyson Chandler believes that teams "Wont want to face the Knicks in the first round" and it is a though echoed by Phil Jackson.
Jackson also spoke of the earlier struggles in the season for New York and what has changed now: "Well, with J.R. [Smith] playing at the level he’s playing at now, yes, when Carmelo [Anthony] had to carry the load in scoring, a lot of times on his own back and other people weren’t stepping in to helping him carry that load, which Amar'e [Stoudemire] and J.R. have done, it could be a struggle. But now they have more than one option out there on the floor and I think that we’ll give teams trouble."
Jackson has said that it is not his job to travel with the team every week, he has been having daily checks with the franchise and has promised that if the Knicks were to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, he would be at every game for the exciting ride.
One of the main reasons he would be in attendance in the post season is that he believes he would learn more about the squad he has inherited through the microscope of playoff basketball.
"You're playing a team in a seven-game series, You're really seeing who’s going to be attacked, how they stand up to the pressure, who performs in the critical situations, what the grind of a multiple-game series does to a team and how they react to it." said Jackson.