HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors


January 17, 2015 Updates

At Madison Square Garden on Jan. 10, when the Knicks lost to Charlotte by 28 points, Rosen talked to Jackson about the struggling team that he had begun to dismantle. And he thought about that infamous 76ers team. “I asked Phil, ‘Are you going to win more than nine?’ ” Rosen said. “And he said, ‘I don’t know.’New York Times

Rosen said that Jackson was unhappy with the Knicks’ worst start ever — when he took the job, Jackson had predicted a playoff appearance this season — but was coping well. “He’s got a plan,” Rosen said. “He knows what’s going on. He gave those guys a chance, and they couldn’t do it. He’s brave enough to start from scratch, which you never see guys in New York do.” New York Times

We reached out to a front office official from another NBA team, a pro scout and an agent to seek out unbiased — OK, outside — opinions. Their take? There is blame to go around. The roster is an ill-fitting disaster. While Jackson tried to take the pressure off of coach Derek Fisher, the scout pointed out, “I think Derek is responsible. They don’t guard at all. You can be competitive with a bad team.” No one is unscathed at 5-36. Bergen Record

"Phil is right — this is his fault,” said a scout. “He took this job like, ‘I’m here, everything will be great.’ And then he gave away the assets he had.” Jackson stripped down the roster and gathered precious few assets in return. That leaves the Knicks with a roster that has very few pieces any other franchise would want. “The value of these guys were decimated after what’s happening,” said a front office executive. “All the assets value was not there, not working, so he cleaned out. I know it’s easier to get rid of people. The next part is the hardest part, getting good players to come forward. This is a process and it’s not happening overnight.” Bergen Record

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Anthony hasn’t spoken to the Zen Master about the trade, but trusts it was the right thing, though the Knicks didn’t get any tangible assets, a sentiment he first shared in a first-person video published Tuesday night. “When I first committed back to New York, it’s something I always said I have to trust they know what they’re doing,” Anthony said Wednesday. “That was one of the reasons I wanted to come back. So here’s an opportunity with the trust. Everything starts now. ‘’ New York Post

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