Knickfunction

The Knicks are reportedly firing Phil Jackson today. That’s not something I object to, his 80-166 record speaks for itself, but the timing of it shows how incredibly dysfunctional this franchise is.

What other franchise would allow the team President to run the NBA draft and then turn around and fire them three days before NBA free agency begins?  You either do this after the season ends in April, or you wait until after free agency and the summer leagues conclude. Doing it now cripples your ability to improve in free agency and calls into question why the Knicks drafted the guys they did just last week.

Again, firing Jackson is not a dumb idea. His record was atrocious, and his behavior even worse. He was the guy who gave Carmelo a max deal with a no-trade clause and a trade kicker. When he saw it wasn’t working he didn’t quietly try to get Carmelo to waive that and go elsewhere, he started trashing his own player in the press. For a smart guy, that is really stupid. Then he starts smacking the future face of the franchise around in the press and floats trade rumors about him. If you are a NBA free agent, why would you sign on the dotted line to play for this man?

But the sad reality is that this won’t make things better. A new president will come in, but Jim Dolan will remain. It was Dolan who created the culture of paranoia and dysfunction that surrounds this team. It was Dolan who forced Donnie Walsh to empty the cupboard for Carmelo when the Knicks could have waited three months and signed him as a free agent. It was Dolan who foisted Isiah Thomas on us, and may try and do so again. Phil Jackson deserves his pink slip, but until Dolan goes, Knickfunction will mean dysfunction.

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  • blmeanie  On June 29, 2017 at 6:46 am

    seems to me Dolan and Jackson were destined for each other. While Phil has been uber successful over his career as coach, he is extremely unlikeable and now there are serious questions about his abilities given the train wreck in NY.

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 29, 2017 at 8:11 am

      I think Phil was a great coach, one of the best. As he learned, that doesn’t make you a good GM/President. Pat Riley and Red Auerbach are the only two guys I can think of who have been great at both.

  • Greg  On June 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I think what the Knicks need is a good dose of Steinbrenner Therapy — the NBA Commissioner suspends Dolan from having anything to do with the team indefinitely a la George in the early 1990s. With any luck, competent management will be put in place that will begin to turn the franchise around.

  • blmeanie  On June 29, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    does he get suspended before or after Isiah is put back in power?

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 29, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Isiah would be the breaking point for me. I live a 20-minute walk from the Barclays Center and if Dolan does that, I’m rooting for my backyard team.

  • Greg  On June 29, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Seriously, if Dolan brings Isiah back he deserves to be suspended. That would not only be incredibly foolish, it would be profoundly offensive.

  • blmeanie  On July 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Is Brooklyn still owned by the Russian guy that Ainge fleeced?

    • nysportsfanatic  On July 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, but Billy King was the GM who Ainge fleeced.

      I can’t defend the results of the trade, but the context is important. The Nets had played one season in Brooklyn, made the playoffs, and wanted to take a big swing to cement their place in the borough. Think of a second baseball team moving to Boston and setting up shop on Huntington Avenue. They would need to do something to break the attention away from the Sox. It worked, but only for a brief instant and then they slid back into oblivion.

  • blmeanie  On July 1, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    opportunity still exists with how the Knicks are

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