It’s been a long time coming to say the least. As of yesterday, Phil Jackson is no longer the President of the New York Knicks.
Knicks Owner, James Dolan, released a statement yesterday on this situation.
“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction. Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.
“While we are currently evaluating how best to move forward regarding the leadership of the organization, I will not be involved in the operation of the team. Steve Mills, the team’s general manager, will run the day-to-day business of the organization over the short term. Tim Leiweke, who brings tremendous expertise and experience in sports franchise management from both Toronto and Los Angeles and is our partner in the Oak View Group, will advise and work with Steve on an interim basis to help develop a go-forward plan.”
Jackson also commented on this situation and his tenure at the helm for the New York Knicks.
“The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart. This team and this town launched my NBA career. I will forever be indebted to them. I am grateful to Mr. Dolan for giving me the opportunity to return here.
“I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best—today and always.”
While these two parties splitting ways may seem like it was a tough break up, dont get caught up in all the politically correct rhetoric; Jackson was never the man for this job and did nothing but bring the Knicks down as an organization.
He nearly drove franchise player Carmelo Anthony out of town due to his treatment of him.
The one move he made that was great was drafting Kristaps Porzingis. These past couple weeks, however, he has made that situation worse by not meeting with Porzingis in exit meetings and even considered trading him.
This move was long overdue and the one reason it didn’t happen sooner was because Dolan was benefitting from keeping Jackson. By keeping Jackson, Dolan could deflect any criticism onto him. As long as Jackson was a part of the organization, all the fingers would be pointed at him, not Dolan.
With Jackson gone, the organizaron can focus on providing a sustainable front office and build a solid core on the court.