In 2017: The Death of Phil

(original post June 28th, 2017) Three years after Phil Jackson took over basketball operations from maniacal, despotic owner James Dolan, and was seen by the faithful-their fault for believing in imaginary things- as a miracle worker, the luster has dulled to a pale glow that no longer lights up a room. There is something very ordinary…

Trading Kristaps Porzingis? Seriously Phil?

When was the last time Phil Jackson got talent wrong? Never. Jackson’s career has always been about veteran talent. The one other time Jackson had a lottery pick assignment and had to mine the landscape for franchise changing talent, he went off the board, selecting an unknown high school “project” who, in time, became an…

Don’t Lie To Us Phil, Are the Knicks Rebuilding?

Knicks Free Agents : Derrick Rose. Sasha Vujacic. Justin Holiday. Ron Baker. 2016-17 Knicks Weaknesses: 29th: Shooting Guard Scoring. 28th: Free Throw Attempts. 26th: Defensive Rating. 25th: Bench Points, Backcourt Points. 24th: Fast Break Points. 23rd: Field Goal Percentage, Opponent Points, Center Scoring. 21st: Three Point Percentage, Three Point Attempts. 2016-17 Knicks Strengths: 3rd: Offensive Rebounding. 4th: Blocks, Small Forward Scoring. 5th: Total Rebounding. 7th: 3-Point Defense,. Power Forward Scoring. 8th: Frontcourt Points. 10th: Free Throw Percentage, Starters…

The Phil Jax Black Cloud Has Returned

Last December, in a moment of extreme frustration,  Carmelo Anthony likened Phil Jackson to a dark cloud. He said, “I feel like we are playing good basketball and to have a temporary black cloud over our heads….” Phil as a black cloud is a piercing but wholly inaccurate metaphor because as Carmelo alluded to, a…

Phil Jax Has Failed Is Not Fake News

It’s both easy and hard to judge Phil Jackson’s tenure as President of the NY Knicks. If you look at the record he has accumulated, you can say with a straight face he has failed. The Knicks have not been to the playoffs in his tenure. But, the Knicks have also been hamstrung by a…

Huge Cracks in the Carmelo-Phil Alliance

Carmelo Anthony desperately wants to win a title for the New York Knicks. It’s been 40 years of New York agony. Phil Jackson wants to win a title for the New York Knicks but I am not sure how desperate he feels. He already won a title for New York. He followed that up by…