When reading articles about the New York Knicks you have to read in between the lines.
First where the heck has The Big O, been?
We haven’t heard from Oscar in years. He is the Jim Brown of the NBA. Now he goes public? Based on the current economics of the NBA, whose paying him? What is his agenda? Is he working for the Bulls?
The Bulls would love to steal Anthony. However Chicago is not the team it was and after today is down 3-1 against the Washington Wizards. The Bulls get older by the game and are not the team they once were only a few years ago.
Truth be told, this was not a bad Knicks’ team this season. They just were lost on and off the court.
Hopefully Phil Jackson will develop a team philosophy for this group of players to embrace. Look at the Atlanta Hawks for example, tied 2-2 with the favored Indiana Pacers. They don’t have a lot of talent, no superstars, their star center Al Horford has been out all year with injuries, yet they have won.
Atlanta, is not a great team; they do not have any player with the talent or star power of Anthony. But they are well coached and play as a team.
Mike Budenholzer, has done a great job in his first year in Atlanta. Coach Budenholzer, 43, spent the past 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, including the final 17 seasons as an assistant coach. For the last six seasons, he has served as the team’s No. 1 assistant to current San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich, the longest-tenured head coach in major professional sports and third-winningest coach (by percentage – .681) in NBA history behind only Jackson and Billy Cunningham.
He brought to Atlanta a system. Now it is up to Jackson to do the same.
This team has talent. Today, I would take them over any team in the east outside of the Miami Heat, with the right coach. This is why right now; I am leaning toward Steve Kerr.
Kerr has been heavily rumored as the primary candidate for the job (Newsday), likely because of his strong relationship with Jackson and history as general manager of the Phoenix Suns. It has been noted that Kerr and Jackson have a “philosophical connection.” This compounded by the fact he has GM experience makes him the right person for the job.
Steve Mills will not stay as GM and Alan Houston will not get that coveted job anytime soon. Plus, Jackson wants to coach, just not every day.
With Kerr, Jackson can come in and work with Kerr to develop the triangle. To win in the NBA, you need a good point guard and a solid system, ask Popovich. He wins year in year out.
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