Over one year since Phil Jackson’s run in the New York Knicks front office ended, let’s look back at some of his transactions.
In 2014, the New York Knicks hired Phil Jackson to become their president of basketball operations. A headline-making move at the time, Jackson achieved success as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers.
So, in a front office role, no one knew how Jackson’s time would pan out. Was a title on the way in New York? Might a big-name talent arrive to add star power?
Well, after three seasons, the Knicks removed Jackson from his role at the top of the front office. This featured losing, head coach changes, a public battle with Carmelo Anthony, and the eagerness to trade Kristaps Porzingis after the 2016-17 season. The Ringer profiled the timeline of this interesting run in Big Apple history.
Jackson never carried his Bulls and Lakers success to New York, and it made this stint a disappointment. There was hype around the potential of a Basketball Hall of Famer at the forefront of everything, especially someone considered one of the game’s greatest coaches and a former Knick.
Though, it resulted in more controversy and negativity than anything, after a multi-year run of playoff appearances and positivity. Anthony, Amar’e Stoudmire and Tyson Chandler put this organization into a mini golden age, given the issues the teams of the 2000’s experienced.
So, once everything in Jackson’s tenure went down, it left the Knicks set for another rebuild, one they could not do through free agency alone.
Not everything Jackson did was bad, but most of it did not garner the Knicks much sympathy. What were some of his best and worst moves as the president of basketball operations? Let’s take a look.