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Phil Jackson finally speaks out on his tenure with the New Yorks Knicks

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Phil Jackson's tenure as the president of the New York Knicks was one to forget and ultimately ended in failure. 

The 11-time championship winning coach signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the franchise in 2014 but didn't see out the final two years of his contract as he was fired by owner Jim Dolan in June. 

The Knicks failed to make the playoffs in all three of Jackson's seasons in the role and showed no signs of progress. 

The Zen Master caught the wrath of Knicks fans who largely blame him for the team's current state and demise over the last three campaigns. 

The 71-year-old has kept a low profile since parting ways with the organisation, but he finally offered some words about his time in New York with longtime NBA journalist Peter Vecsey. 

"I'm still on hold about WTF just went down the past 3 years of Knick basketball," Jackson told Vecsey, per HoopsHype. "In that regard, I'm not angry, but disappointed I couldn't fulfill the mission. Winning is a priority in NY and I couldn’t get those guys into at least a .500 season so we could get some free space to rebuild."

Jackson and the Knicks agreed to "mutually part ways" but the organisation was left with no choice due to his decisions over the last six months. 


The former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach publicly criticised star player Carmelo Anthony on numerous occasions in a bid to put pressure on him to waive his no-trade clause in order for the Knicks to trade him and rebuild with his contract off the books. 

The problem with that, however, is the fact that it was Jackson who gave Melo the no-trade clause when the 10-time All-Star re-signed with the team in free agency several years ago. 

It was a situation of his own making and he made it worse in trying to rectify it, which strained his relationship with the team's franchise player. 

The one good thing Jackson did in New York was draft Kristaps Porzingis and, to his credit, he has left them with a future star in the league. 

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But the young Latvian grew frustrated at Jackson's treatment of Anthony and skipped his exit meeting with him and the Knicks management team as a result. 

P-Jax responded to this by looking into the possibility of trading Porzingis and this appeared to be the final straw as it was not something the owner and other members of the Knicks front office wanted to do. 

Despite a Hall of Fame coaching career, Jackson has not shown himself to be adept on the executive side of the game and will struggle to land another job like it.

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