During the 2013-14 NBA season, former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson was named the team’s president. With 13 championship rings as a head coach and player, there was great optimism for New York as they could build around Carmelo Anthony, who was in his third season with the team.
Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan as the Knicks failed to make the postseason during Jackson’s tenure. On Peter Vescey’s Patreon, Jackson is still ‘on hold about WTF just went down’ a month after being fired:
However, I’m still on hold about WTF just went down the past 3 years of Knick basketball. 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.
During Jackson’s time in New York, there were numerous mistakes from alienating his All-Star to implementing the triangle offense with two different head coaches. While his best decision was drafting Kristaps Porzingis, Jackson attempted to trade the rising star two years later.
With the new season approaching, all the attention remains on Anthony’s future and if he will be in uniform for opening night. The Knicks recently re-engaged in trade discussions with the Houston Rockets, but it remains to be seen if a potential package around Ryan Anderson intrigues the new front office.