Mar 18, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks new president of basketball operations Phil Jackson at a press conference at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: Phil Jackson rips Knicks effort and talent vs. Lakers

I bet if given the choice to do things over that New York Knicks President Phil Jackson wouldn’t have attended Tuesday night’s game in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

Mar 19, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks new president Phil Jackson looks on from the stands during the first quarter of a game against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Not only did he have to sit in a box with Metta World Peace by his side, but Jackson had to witness first hand one of the many embarrassing efforts this season from the Knicks.

It’s probably a good thing that he was there as Jackson got a good look at how much work he really has to do to turn this bumbling franchise around.

After taking in the Knicks 127-96 loss that saw them allow a whopping 51 points in the third quarter, Jackson wasn’t the least bit happy.

“It was awful, huh,” Jackson said, per The New York Times‘ Billy Witz.

Jackson knows what he has to do and that is the obvious.

“We’re in a talent hunt,” Jackson said. “We have to bring in talent.”

That’s the understatement of the century.

As the Knicks have blown two crucial opportunities to inch towards a playoff spot, against two beatable teams in the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers, you have to wonder why in the world the Zen Master would have wanted to insert himself into this mess.

The Knicks need to bring in talent.

Unfortunately that isn’t likely to happen during this offseason.

However if he didn’t know before, Jackson got an up close and personal look at the monumental task he has in front of him.

He better get busy.

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