If Phil Jackson tweets in a forest but nobody cares, does he have a shot in hell of saving the New York Knicks?
Seriously, has anybody been on or around Phil Jackson’s Twitter account? I guess this was in his $15million-a-year job description?
The Knicks president has been going off on the social media platform.
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In the world of fighting off evil to make the Knicks competent again, there's no time for spell check!
Jackson popped in the codes of that missile directed at analytic driven front offices on the heels of the Memphis Grizzlies taking an improbable 2-1 series lead over the sweet shooting Golden State Warriors, the Atlanta Hawks’ postseason problems also likely a factor.
Maybe he's got a point, though, because his triangle was only ranked dead last in points per game, with 91, compared to Golden State's 1st placed firing squad with 110 points per game. Granted, he didn’t employ MVP Steph Curry nor Klay Thompson but rather people who generally aren’t very good at professional basketball.
Oh by the way, Phil hasn’t said anything on the subject since the Warriors dismantled the Griz in games 4 and 5. He must be too busy scouting…or hunting.
Okay, okay, before I continue making fun of the legend who maybe-kinda-sorta-possibly isn’t worth $15million-a-year (but what executive is?), I’ve been steadfast in saying he can’t be judged for real until after next season.
I do think (and hope) he’ll come good for the franchise. I just described him as legend, but he’s been so successful that I feel the need to say it again: the man is a legend.
This season was always going to be grim for New York Knicks fans; a feeling that is all too familiar. It doesn’t matter who was running the team this year, it was never going to have a happy ending. The silver lining has been that finally, for possibly the first time since 1985, the Knicks actually own their first round pick and didn’t trade it for Steph Marbury. Yet.
Granted, Jackson's dumping of Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith for literally (not figuratively) nothing isn’t looking so hot. Sure, Smith didn’t have a great contract and is an A-list knucklehead, but there was a high probability a move to a good team would work out for them, so you’d figure there’d have been a trade market for them.
But, alas, the Knicks dumped the former 6th man of the year and the 24-year-old defensive whiz just for the pleasure of dumping Smith’s contract.
Smith’s best year in New York happened to be the one year the Knicks were uncommonly kind of good. It doesn’t take $15million-a-year to sell that to good teams. Not surprisingly, Smith and Shumpert have been very good for the title contending Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Tyson Chandler deal came under scrutiny, especially with Jose Calderon being so incredibly abominable that he was untradeable. But Chandler wouldn’t have helped this wildfire of a season and it was good to get rid of Ray Felton with him.
It was better to gut the team, bottom out, let Carmelo stave off knee surgery until after the all-star game, then bottom out some more. But, the Knicks are so bad, they’re not even good at being so bad. They nauseatingly won two of their last three games to pull themselves off the bottom, where they’d been aiming for.
Phil’s got a plan
I can only imagine him sitting in an empty field, listening to Bob Marley, coughing, smiling, wearing jorts and laughing. Followed by praying to the "bball gods."
This off-season the Knicks will have a top five pick in a good draft class (praying for top 2) and a ton of cap space.
The two biggest names out there are Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, but Aldridge is never coming to the Garden and Gasol is more than likely to stay in Memphis. Though at 30 years old, a five year max contract for Gasol might not look so good in a few years. See: Stoudemire, Amar’e.
Reports suggest the Knicks and current out of contract Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe could reach an agreement. He’d fit the much maligned, in the modern game at least, triangle scheme quite well. But, that might be a problem on the other side of the floor.
He and Carmelo aren’t exactly, what you might call, competent defenders. If Monroe signs, the Knicks would need a superior defensive big man, which pushes Melo to small forward and clogs the paint.
Regardless of who they sign or draft on the interior, the Knicks will need a backcourt defender and spacer. Orlando’s Tobias Harris fits the bill, though as a restricted free agent the Magic could match the offer.
Even though Melo is on the wrong side of 30 and just had knee surgery, the Knicks absolutely should not deal their pick to chase a title next year, regardless if it lands outside the top 2. If nothing else, the fan base needs hope. There’s no hope if they keep dumping youth. That’s on top of my #knicksnation Christmas list.
Thanks Phil. Hey #knicksnation, gear up for Santa and the b'ball gods.
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