The Knicks need a new head coach, and Phil Jackson may be the man.
The Los Angeles Lakers were ousted out of the 2011 Playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks, and speculation regarding their new head coach grew instantly. The Lakers were swept in embarrassing fashion, but most importantly, Phil Jackson ended his coaching career in Los Angeles with a loss.
Jackson told the media prior to the 2010-11 season that this year would be the last time he would ever coach a team, and after the exit interviews it seemed as though Jackson would stay true to his word. Although his stint with the Lakers did not end well, his face is atop the Mount Rushmore of NBA coaches. Many people regard Jackson as the greatest coach in professional sports, and that his 11 NBA championships are untouchable.
However, Rick Carlisle may be right, Jackson will get bored by the rustic settings of Montana. And what better place to fix one’s boredom than New York City?
The Knicks and the City have been dying for a championships squad and coach for several years now, and Phil Jackson may be the missing piece for the dream to come true. Jackson has an uncanny knack for making players work together and developing an offensive system that finds ways to win games. Jackson may be a stoic coach, but his philosophy has worked in all of his destinations.
He made Michael Jordan into an all-time great and he was the reason the Lakers returned to relativity during his two tenures there. Jackson understands how the handle his players’ personalities as well as hectic media outlets. He would make the perfect coach for New York City; he is a charismatic leader who knows how to deal with team issues.
Don’t forget about the fact that New York City already has a strong bond with the Zen Master, or as he was called back in the day, “Number 18 of the New York Knicks.”
Phil Jackson won two NBA championships during his time with the Knicks, one in 1970 and the other in 1973. Opposing players and coaches love to shine under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, and Jackson is no different. The fact that he already had the honor of playing all his home games at MSG adds support the rumor that he will rejoin the orange-and-blue.
I’m not guaranteeing a contract agreement between the Knicks and Jackson, but if there is one man who is willing to pay big money for a coach of Jackson’s caliber its James Dolan. And unlike the investments in Stephon Marbury and Steve Francis, Phil Jackson will surely benefit the Knicks.
Hall-of-Fame coach, winning mentality, former player and New York City– I like the sound of that.
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