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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Phil Jackson Calls New York's Roster "Clumsy"

The New York Knicks essentially tanked multiple seasons because they mistakenly believed that they could woo LeBron James to become Captain of the Gotham Titanic. That quest famously crashed into the proverbial iceberg when James took his talents to South Beach and now it is clear that Phil "11 rings" Jackson will not be walking through the door to Madison Square Garden, either. Jackson recently told HBO's Andrea Kremer why he has no interest in becoming Coach of the Knicks: "...there's just too much work that has to be done with that team. You know? It's just not quite--it's clumsy. It's a little bit of a clumsy team." Kremer asked Jackson to elaborate and he replied, "Well, they don't fit together well. Stoudemire doesn't fit together well with Carmelo. Stoudemire's (a) really good player. But he's gotta play in a certain system and a way. Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together."

That analysis will sound very familiar to longtime 20 Second Timeout visitors; newer visitors can check out the three links at the end of this article to learn why no one should be surprised that James and Jackson both want nothing to do with whatever James Dolan thinks that he is building.

Further Reading

New York State of Mind

New York State of Mind, Part II

New York State of Mind, Part III

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posted by David Friedman @ 2:54 PM



At Monday, June 18, 2012 1:32:00 AM, Anonymous Ilhan said...

Exactly what came to my mind when I read Jackson's comments.

I know you aren't very fond of speculation, but I can't help but think that Jax is (and for awhile has been) rooting for the OKC job. That's the perfect team for him, both system- and potential-wise.


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