Adding to the unconscious list of questionable decisions the New York Knicks franchise has made throughout the past decade, the addition of president Phil Jackson‘s protege Kurt Rambis as an assistant coach of the team has reaped nothing but sour grapes from the players.
According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Rambis is one of the many Zen Master-associated bits in the franchise which the players hate with a passion.
“Kurt Rambis, who is beyond unpopular with the players, league sources said. When players want coaching and teaching, they get yelling, sources said. Most wonder about Rambis’ allegiances, because after all, he’s Jackson’s guy, not Hornacek’s.”
Rambis was the one person Jackson lobbied for upon getting the job in 2014, and given Steve Kerr‘s decision not to take the head coaching job in New York, Derek Fisher did instead — only to get the door in quick fashion.
Jackson also infamously once again pushed for Rambis to get Fisher’s job upon his departure, eventually settling for Jeff Hornacek, who kept Rambis on the staff.
The 59-year-old delusionally said the team’s future star, Kristaps Porzingis, could play the small forward position at 7-foot-3 because of his ability to knock down the three consistently, completely ignoring the basic foot speed needed to play the position and the occasional matchup against quick guards.
Despite his many flaws and poor rapport with the team, Knicks ownership is likely to remain loyal to him and take the players’ opinions the same way they do with the fans’ — ignore them until they go away.