Tuesday was a monumental day for the New York Knicks. Not only did they welcome Phil Jackson as President of Basketball Operations, but in many ways, they dropped the curtain and dawned a new era. Jackson and Knicks chairman James Dolan spoke openly and freely about the hire and the direction in which the franchise plans to move.
And to add to the surprise of the day, Phil Jackson and James Dolan both separately went on New York radio to talk about the Knicks, the process of the hire, and their plans for the future. Dolan, in particular, was a shock as he’s given just one interview in the past seven years (that interview took place earlier this season). But perhaps he is hoping to change his ways in an attempt to better the franchise.
As I was working when the interview took place, I can’t report the details of James Dolan’s radio spot, but allow me to hand it over to the beat reporters:
So the first day of Phil Jackson’s tenure with the Knicks was a wonderful change of pace. For a usually dysfunctional, tight-lipped organization, both Dolan and Jackson bettered the image of the franchise and the relationship with fans.
As far as Dolan’s surprisingly transparent statements: it’s one thing to say it and another to do it. But nonetheless, in one day Dolan made his best PR move in years. We can only hope that this is a legitimate sign of a turn-around for the Knicks and their front office.