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Is Phil Jackson too lazy to run the New York Knicks?

Chris Mannix of The Vertical thinks so

Is Phil Jackson too lazy to run the New York Knicks?It’s time to accept a certain reality: Jackson just isn’t cut out for this gig. The world has gotten bigger, and the talent pool has grown with it. An NBA executive must be a tireless workaholic, not an ex-coach who acts like his 11 championship rings make scouring the globe for talent beneath him. Jackson nailed Kristaps Porzingis, a transformative 7-foot-3 big man who will revolutionize the center position. Yet the frontrunner for the Knicks’ coaching job (incumbent Kurt Rambis) has suggested Porzingis play some small forward while staying loyal to a system (the triangle) that doesn’t seem to suit the young star.

The Knicks don’t have a pick next month, which is all the more reason for Jackson to put in the extra work. No asset is more attainable than a second-round pick, particularly from the handful of teams (Boston, New Orleans, Denver) with a few of them. Finding NBA talent there is difficult, but every year yields a Norman Powell, a Jordan Clarkson, an Allen Crabbe, and it’s often the most relentless executives who grab them.

Now is the time for Jackson to marshal his resources, not cruise through the Plains States on an ill-timed break. There’s video to be dissected, college coaches to be called, international scouts with information to be bled dry. Free agency – Jackson’s rebuilding method of choice – has changed, evolved. The magnetic pull to big markets has weakened, replaced by a marketplace of players fueled by a desire to win. New York, with its instability, its annual failures, just isn’t where the elite talent is looking to play.

I agree with Mannix, I have never liked the hiring of Jackson for this very reason.  Jackson may be a great communicator and teacher but that doesn’t always make you a great talent evaluator or manager.  Then there is his insistence to run the Triangle offense with a team that is not well suited to run it.

This will end up in the courts

Just after James Dolan spends almost a billion dollars in renovating MSG, New York City Council wants him to move out of it.

Madison Square Garden

By a vote of 47 to 1, the Council voted to extend the Garden’s special operating permit for merely a decade — not in perpetuity, as the owners of the Garden had requested, or 15 years, as the Bloomberg administration had intended.

Ten years should be enough time, officials said, for the Garden to find a new location and for the city to devise plans for an expanded Pennsylvania Station, which currently sits below the Garden, and the redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhood.

“This is the first step in finding a new home for Madison Square Garden and building a new Penn Station that is as great as New York and suitable for the 21st century,” said Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker. “This is an opportunity to reimagine and redevelop Penn Station as a world-class transportation destination.”

So let me get this straight, James Dolan spends almost a billion dollars of his own money and then the New York City Council says, “we want this back in 10 years because we seen an opportunity to redevelop Penn Station.”  Wouldn’t it have been wise to say that before the permits were issued?

To think that one can invest over $2 billion over a site over 50 years, make it into a global icon and then get told to move by New York City Council is pretty shocking.  Of course Dolan has the upper hand, I am not sure if the New York public would like the idea of the Knicks and Rangers moving out of Manhattan but even the New York market.  Those are loyal and affluent fan bases that reach far beyond the 20,000 people that watch each game in person.  I am not a fan of James Dolan but don’t count him out of this yet.

NBA Free Agency

lebron-james Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, writes an open letter to fans on his website about LeBron James.  First of all, he seems a little angrier than I would have expected.  I wonder if LeBron’s camp lead him to believe that he was going to stay in Cleveland.  Secondly, he used Comic Sans as his font.  If I was a Cleveland fan, I may consider that as the final straw.  Lastly, I would assume some very large fines are coming Dan Gilbert’s way.  Some of what he said seems to cross the line.

Probably more interesting than the font, is the accusation that LeBron quit during the playoffs.  If he was right, the same thing could be said about many other players but most times their owners don’t say it publically. 

Finally, it has to suck to be a Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, or New Jersey Nets fan.  Your team got rid of a lot pieces so it would have cap space to get LeBron, Bosh, or Wade and now you are all fighting over Carlos Boozer and not much else.  Good luck with that since by almost all accounts, you don’t seem to have a Plan B.  Yes, NY got Amare but they don’t have much else in terms of talent.