Chris Mannix of The Vertical has an interesting article which lists various reasons as to why the 11-time champion is currently holding back the franchise. One of Mannix's main points is how Jackson has refused to talk to the majority of the big names on the coaching market:
“A playoff coach hit the market last weekend, a solid boss with a proven track record and a keen basketball mind. Dave Joerger isn’t a marquee name, but his 147-99 record in three seasons in Memphis was pretty good, and the job Joerger did navigating a battered Grizzlies team to the postseason this year was even better. Sacramento thought so, inking Joerger to a three-year, $12 million deal within days of his ouster. The Knicks? Not so much.”
It is pretty clear what Jackson's vision is for the Knicks—run the triangle offense properly and success will come.
For such a smart basketball mind, the 70-year-old Jackson has become very narrow-minded in how New York should operate as a team. Rather than adapting and adjusting to the current climate of the NBA, Jackson still believes the triangle offense is the best route to go.
Mannix points out this flawed rationale in his piece:
“The Knicks have the cash to outbid everyone for Frank Vogel and have had ongoing discussions with David Blatt. If Jackson is ready to pull the rip cord, if his heart just isn’t in it, the Knicks need to commit to a coach, not a system, to a philosophy that’s sustainable, not one Jackson is determined to make work.”
While Mannix is likely right in his argument, the fact that Jackson is the most accomplished head coach in NBA history makes it hard for many to argue his opinion as team president.
Until Jackson opens up his perspective on things, it doesn't appear things will get much better for the Knicks any time soon.
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