Phil Jackson's time as the president of the New York Knicks didn't exactly get off to the perfect start as he presided over the franchise's worst season in history.
Jackson's reputation has afforded him some leeway with fans but some in New York are already becoming agitated with an apparent lack of progress.
Criticism thrown Jackson's way from those fans has included suggestions that the former Lakers and Bulls coach is stuck in the past, so comments made yesterday by the 69-year-old will play right into their hands.
Speaking to Bleacher Report, Jackson lamented the current state of the NBA - criticizing the current generation of players as well as the way the game's offense has gone. He even singled out the league's best player, LeBron James, for some personal criticism:
"I watch LeBron James, for example, he might [travel] every other time he catches the basketball if he's off the ball. He catches the ball, moves both his feet. There's no structure, there's no discipline."
It is fair to say that Phil Jackson isn't the first to point to LeBron James' penchant for travelling - it is a common gripe amongst his detractors - but Jackson's outburst is a sign of a greater issue if you are of a Knicks persuasion.
It appears that the legend of the game is simply unwilling at this point to get on board with the modern game. Charged with leading the Knicks back to some sort of relavancy in the 2015 version of the NBA, then, that isn't exactly a great sign.
Lost its way
"When I watch some of these playoff games, and I look at what's being run out there, as what people call an offense, it's really quite remarkable to see how far our game has fallen from a team game," Jackson continued.
LeBron James' recent one-man show offense during the Cleveland Cavaliers' failed attempt to win the 2015 NBA title is perhaps the greatest show of individual talent the game has ever seen. The Golden State Warriors, though, won out in the end.
Phil Jackson is certainly hoping that his version of the beautiful game wins out against LeBron and co moving forward. Just whether that is quick enough to save him, and the Knicks, from several more years of despair is another question.
NBA fans: Do you agree with Phil Jackson, or is this a sign the legend of the game is out of touch? Have your say in the comments below...
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