ESPN The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson will announce that they’re parting ways early Wednesday morning, sources told ESPN. Conversations about what was best for the team’s future between Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan accelerated this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out embattled forward Carmelo Anthony, sources said. Jackson, 71, had made it well known that he felt it was best for Anthony and the organization to part ways, both publicly and privately, but Anthony refused to waive his no-trade clause, and the Knicks were determined not to accommodate any request for a buyout. Anthony has two years worth more than $54 million remaining on his deal. With no end to the stalemate in sight, and free agency beginning on Saturday, Jackson’s discussions with Dolan accelerated late Tuesday night and the decision was made to part ways. Some close to Dolan had been pushing him to consider firing Jackson for much of the season, sources told ESPN’s Ian Begley. It had become clear, sources said, that Jackson had no plans to remain beyond the two years left on the five-year contract he initially signed in 2014 that paid him $12 million a year. So with no clear path forward from the toxic situation with Anthony, a constant public relations war over Jackson’s preferred triangle offense, and new concerns about the organization’s relationship with Latvian phenom and 2015 No. 4 overall pick Kristaps Porzingis, sources said it was clear things had reached a breaking point by the eve of free agency. Several players and members of the coaching staff had expressed frustration over Jackson’s insistence that the club run more of the triangle offense midway through last season, sources told Begley.
As you know SportSmasher.com is a New York based blog, and we are huge New York Knicks fans, so I am absolutely elated writing this blog right now. The Knicks and James Dolan finally got something right, they fired team president Phil Jackson, an NBA legend who was tarnishing his legacy in New York. Phil Jackson has a huge ego, he was trying to force the team to play his archaic triangle offense, which was very effective in the 1990’s but has no place in the modern NBA. The players openly hated the offense, the game had evolved and passed the triangle by, and when players pushed back Jackson wanted to dump these players and acquire players who better fit his dead offensive system. Phil Jackson entertained the idea, of trading Kristaps Porzingis before the 2017 NBA Draft, Porzingis is a 7’3 unicorn who is perfectly suited for the modern NBA and anyone who follows the league knows that trading Porzingis would be insane. Then Phil Jackson demanded that the Knicks buyout star Carmelo Anthony before free agency, which was apparently the final straw, which led to James Dolan to finally fire Phil Jackson.
Ding dong. The triangle is dead.
The firing of Phil Jackson means so much for the New York Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis will stay in New York, and be the future of the franchise. The odds are, Carmelo Anthony will stay in New York, where he will be much happier with the triangle offense gone. The Knicks will likely play a much more wide open style, running and gunning, the way head coach Jeff Hornacek’s teams played in Phoenix. Phil Jackson will no longer be forcing Hornacek to slow the ball down and run the triangle offense which was like forcing a square peg into a round hole, the team will be much more fun to watch and several players especially Porzingis will flourish.
While I was looking at potential free agents who could join the Knicks this offseason, I would think “Jrue Holliday makes a lot of sense, the Knicks could run the floor, he could be teammates with his brother Justin…oh right. Phil. The triangle. It’s not happening.”
Now suddenly I’m thinking, Phil is gone and the triangle is dead, maybe the Knicks sign Jrue. Or maybe the Knicks make a trade for Ricky Rubio, and really run, it would have never made sense or the Knicks were running the archaic triangle but it makes a lot of sense with coach Hornacek running his fast paced offense.
Also, Derrick Rose and his ball hogging style will not be back, with Phil gone any chance that the horrible idea of a Rose return goes with him. Let’s get a point guard who will actually pass the ball to Porzingis and Carmelo, especially at he end of games, instead of constantly trying to be a hero.
It’s a good day for New York Knicks fans, Phil is gone and the triangle is dead, be happy Knicks fans this is a step in the right direction.