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Knicks, Phil Jackson Are Perfect Match

January 16, 2012


went on record months ago saying that Mike D’Antoni will not be coaching the New York Knicks for very much longer. The team’s 6-7 record to start the season has only validated my take. This is not the same group of players that he inherited, and then cultivated over, the past two years ago. Coach Rod Woodson is probably the likeliest successor to D’Antoni. But I think another man is the perfect fit for this group…..

Phil Jackson should be the next coach of the Knickerbockers (health permitting). I’m surprised the NY Post doesn’t have a running headline with this story. There should be a team of “bloggissists” camped out at his ranch in Montana (or Jeannie Buss‘s condo in Manhattan Beach) just waiting to catch him wearing his old warm-up jacket from the 70′s or maybe even a Knicks Snuggie that he got for Xmas. Either way, I think it’s only a matter of time (and, again, health) before PJ hits Gotham.

The New York Knicks are a team that is great on paper but isn’t nearly reaching its potential on the court, the same thing they said about the Bulls and Lakers before the arrival of Jackson. The Knick roster is ideal for his triangle offense as well as his unorthodox style of player management. This roster is eerily similar to some of Jackson’s previous teams. They have two superstars, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, who don’t exactly embrace defense or ball movement. Melo is a ball holding, iso-motion offensive savant…just as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were pre-Zen. Stoudemire would also thrive in the triangle offense as it would hep balance the offense, as he’s struffling with an average of 18 points a night. ’Stat’ is taking only 3 less shots than Anthony, but they seem to come in short spurts and not consistently enough to be as effective as last season. The big New York backcourt is also a perfect match for Phil. They start Iman Shumpert and Landry Fields, neither of which are point guards. This is another staple of Phil Jackson’s coaching career (see Ron Harper and Pete Myers). Then we have the defensive anchor at center in the form of Tyson Chandler…a must for any Phil Jackson squad. Hey, if he got Kwame Brown to play solid on defense and the boards then just imagine what he could do with Chandler. Tyson could be an All-Star in the East under Jax. The role players too are Phil’s type of guys. Toney Douglas, Bill Walker, Jared Jeffries, and Josh Harrelson are all gritty and defensive-minded guys. Finally we have the big stage and the bright lights of Madison Square Garden. What better person to handle the media in Manhattan than Phil Jackson? A return to his old stomping grounds would put a nice bow on what is already a Hall of Fame career for the Big Zenmaster.

Phil should start dusting off his high chair and getting his scarves ready for the ‘Big Apple’…there’s a group of players in NY that need him desperately.

Let’s just hope James Dolan can get Isiah Thomas‘s approval.


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4 Responses to Knicks, Phil Jackson Are Perfect Match

  1. Kirk on January 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Martin, I think the NY Post is reading your blog! This is all over the net now.

  2. Winford on January 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    why would phil take this mess on, they aren’t even all that talented.

  3. Delores on January 30, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Super blog! Phil is the only man who can save my Knicks!

  4. Burlesque Jones on February 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    not anymore, Lin is the savior in Gotham!!!

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