One of my favorite all time songs by Frank Sinatra is “My Way”…The man they called “Old Blue Eyes” sang:
And now, the end is near; And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I’ll say it clear, I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.
I’ve lived a life that’s full. I’ve traveled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.
After three very unsuccessful seasons running the Knicks, Phil Jackson is leaving the organization. Make no mistake about it, Jackson did things “His Way” during his time in New York. Unfortunately for Knicks fans, Jacksons way was an epic failure. In three full seasons under his direction the team compiled a record 80-166.
For two years I have been calling for Jackson to leave the organization and finally, that time has come. But, once again, Knicks incompetent owner James Dolan, will pay for his mistakes. Jackson is walking away with two years left on his contract, and will be paid about $24 million to do so. The man who was once called “The Zen Master”made 5 huge mistakes as President and General Manager
Signing Carmelo Anthony to a long-term deal:
I never understood why the Knicks brass decided to do this. If Anthony couldn’ get to an NBA finals in his prime with the Denver Nuggets, what made the Knicks think he could be the #1 option and get passed LeBron James when he is clearly on the “back 9” of his career. You don’t sign a player to a max contract who is coming off injuries. (See the Lakers and Kobe Bryant.)
Signing Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah:
The Knicks are said to be actively pursuing Rose to re-sign with the team. Rose hasn’t played more than 65 games once over the past seasons. Over the next three years Noah will be paid $17 million, 18 million and 19 million. Noah has played 29 and 46 games over the past two seasons. Both players are on the downside of their careers and Jackson wanted them to play significant roles as starters.
Hiring Derek Fisher and Jeff Hornacek:
Fisher had no coaching experience and proved he would rather “hook up” with players girlfriends and ex-wives than being on the court. Hornacek has a career coaching record of 132-163. Very little thought went into hiring each one of these coaches and both have proven to be terrible hires. If Hornacek remains the Knicks coach in 2017, he will lose the locker room 30 games in.
The Triangle Offense:
Great coaches and General Managers adjust with the times. Their philosophy changes as the game evolves. Bill Belichick worked his way up through the NFL coaching ladder as a defensive guru. Over the years, he has evolved into a very aggressive offensive coach. Gregg Popovich came into the league as a “hard-nose” coach. He evolved and rests his players throughout the season. Jackson’s triangle offense was effective in the early 1990s but it is no longer relevant today. Jackson was trying to fit a round hole in a square peg. The players and coaches did not want any part of the outdated offense.
Don’t piss of the Unicorn:
(Picture taken from Kristaps Porzingis Twitter Page.)
The Knicks were actively pursuing broken down Derrick Rose and actively trying to trade 21-year-old Kristaps Porzingis. Is this the definition of insanity or what? I would not trade Porzingis for anyone in the NBA. He is a gym rat, gained 15lbs. of muscle since the end of the season and does things no big man has ever done. He is the 1st player in NBA history with at least 2000 points, 1000 rebounds 250 blocks and 100 three pointers made in his first two seasons. Porzingis is going to be a better scorer, rebounder, and rim protector than future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki.
Yes, Jackson did things his way, unfortunately for New York, his way stopped being relevant in 2010.
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