He Will Do It*

If you want to hear why Phil Jackson won’t take a job in the Knicks’ front office, go look anywhere else on the internet. The arguments are sound, Jackson doesn’t need to add to his resume. But, they also ignore two huge facts. 1- Jackson LOVES attention. If you don’t believe that, you haven’t been paying attention. 2- Jackson understands what it would mean if the Knicks ever won a championship again.

People seem to forget that two of Jackson’s thirteen rings came from being a player with the Knicks. He was here when the Knicks won their only two titles. We are coming up on 41 years since that last title and whoever leads them to the next one will join the pantheon of New York’s greatest sports figures.

I am willing to bet Jackson bites at that chance. But, I do have one caveat (*). Jim Dolan is going to have to agree to disappear. Jackson is brilliant and he is not going to get caught up in the MSG drama. It’s going to either be him or the drama, but not both. Dolan’s not a smart guy, but he knows the value of good PR and Jackson will get him that so I expect he let’s Phil have free reign.

But here’s the $8-million question (my guess at Phil’s salary) will Jackson be any good at the job? I have no idea, but I also don’t think he can be worse than Steve Mills or any of the other clowns the Knicks could run out there. However, the sad reality is that the Knicks had a great guy running things, Donnie Walsh, and Dolan ran him out of town. When they ultimately hire Jackson, how long will he have before his clock runs out?

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  • blmeanie  On March 9, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I have doubts whether he would be any good at it. His skills shown to date are x and o based and certainly motivational and coaching up.

    I think the interesting point is what you stated about Dolan and getting out of the way.

    41 years is multi generational. Amazing the droughts teams go through from poor management, especially teams from the biggest market(s). The Rangers were 40+ when they finally won in the 90’s, right? I know you don’t count the Islanders as having the power of NY but they are approaching 30 years I believe.

    In Boston the obvious Sox drought aside, they have had the Bruins go through about 40 years.

    Cities with diehard fans and resources should be more consistently on the trophy hunt, circling back to you post now, the drama and interference from Dolan has costed the Knicks how many years? 14? Certainly not good years, with the Isiah years included. But the Knicks seemingly were unlucky and mismanaged since the early 70’s.

    • nysportsfanatic  On March 9, 2014 at 9:43 am

      The 1990’s were good to the Knicks and they went to two Finals. They might have won one of them if John Starks hadn’t forgotten how to shoot.

      The Islanders really are not a big market team. They will be when they move to Brooklyn, but for now they play in the worst building in the NHL and don’t have the resources the Rangers do. They did cross the 30-year mark last season.

      But none of this approaches Cleveland status. It’s been 60 years since they won a title in any sport.

  • blmeanie  On March 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Found this through reading Celtic related material, kind of interesting

    • nysportsfanatic  On March 9, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Most amazing thing about that is that the 76ers, winners of 15 games all season, held the belt for multiple nights.

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