Phil Jackson is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA.
The former L.A. Lakers and Chicago Bulls head coach has eleven NBA titles to his name and was the pioneer of the famous triangle offence, but how does he rank as a president?
Jackson, 71 next month, has been president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks since 2014 and it hasn't been the prettiest transition thus far.
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As an executive of a franchise, some bold decisions have to be made in regards to trades and draft picks. In an interview with Charley Rosen published in Today's Fastbreak, Jackson has revealed the biggest mistake he has made in the Big Apple.
"I don't consider hiring Fish [Derek Fisher] a mistake because he worked hard and got the guys to stay as positive as possible while the losses piled up. I think the biggest mistake I made was actually this. ... One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics.
"In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn't get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo [Anthony], so I took the pick, which turned out to be Cleanthony Early. While Cleanthony has missed lots of time in the past two seasons with us, he still has the potential to be a valuable player. Even so, I should have taken Crowder.
"Anyway, for all of us, making mistakes are part of the learning process. ... We won 15 more games this season than we did last season, something that's not easy to do in the NBA. I'd be more than happy if we could make the same jump next season."
The Knicks would only win 17 games during the 2014-17 season while Crowder moved to Boston and became a vital part of their young unit.