Phil Jackson Rumors

After a positive dinner with the Knicks and a workout focused on the triangle, Malik Monk was absolutely convinced he’d be drafted by Phil Jackson. And for good reason. His agent, Jeff Schwartz — one of the most powerful in the NBA — served as a reliable source. “Me, my agent, everybody in my agency, my family — we thought we were going to New York,” Monk told the Daily News last week after a posing for his Panini trading card. “It was here, my agent is here (based in New York), a great agent, everybody thought it was going to be here. Went to dinner with (Jackson), had a great workout, everything was positive.”
Monk, who averaged 19.8 points during his lone season at Kentucky, dropped to 11th for the Charlotte Hornets amid concerns that he’s position-less in the NBA (too small for shooting guard and not enough of a playmaker for a point guard). He’ll get his first chance to show New York it made a mistake on Nov. 7, when the Knicks host the Hornets at Madison Square Garden. “Of course (it’s motivation to show-up a team that passed on me in the draft),” Monk said. “You know you want to go No. 1 pick anyway. So whoever don’t pick you, you’re going to remember that. I mean, they’re going to see.”
Before Phil Jackson passed on perhaps the most exciting prospect of the 2017 rookie class, the Knicks president encouraged Dennis Smith Jr. to eat an exotic delicacy. “We went out to some restaurant and they had me eat some octopus, like an actual octopus tentacle,” Smith Jr. told the Daily News. “First time ever. I wasn’t going to try it, honestly. They kind of put the pressure on me to do it.”
Phil Jackson to Peter Vecsey: Peter, I heard your message via voice mail. I’m glad you’re going to get back in the mix and begin writing again. It’s a new world out there, but I don’t consider it journalism. However, sports writing has always been a mix of opinionating and you were one of the best. For my own part, I’m not able, yet, to begin opining. However, I’m still on hold about WTF just went down the past 3 years of Knick basketball. In that regard, I’m not angry, but disappointed I couldn’t fulfill the mission. Winning is a priority in NY and I couldn’t get those guys into at least a 500% season so we could get some free space to rebuild.
Storyline: Knicks Front Office
As quickly as Brickley got into the NBA, however, his job appeared to be in jeopardy when the Knicks hired Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations in 2014. Brickley recalled the entire coaching staff being fired as he was preparing for an interview in Jackson’s office. “I’m thinking I’m gonna go in there, I’m gonna meet with him, I’m done,” Brickley said. “So I go in, I’m super nervous, super scared. It’s Phil Jackson. I don’t even know the guy. I come in sit down in his office and he said, ‘I’m gonna ask you three questions.”
Jackson proceeded to ask Brickley about Steve Nash’s athleticism, the proper footwork leading into a jumper, and five characteristics of an athlete. Brickley simply went with his gut and answered the questions as best he could. “I had my interview and it went well, and he’s like, ‘I’ll see you at pre-draft workouts in two days,'” Brickley said. “I was so excited, so happy, and at that point, I knew I was gonna stay on.”
“I’m thinking I’m gonna go in there, I’m gonna meet with him, I’m done,” Brickley said. “So I go in, I’m super nervous, super scared. It’s Phil Jackson. I don’t even know the guy. I come in sit down in his office and he said, ‘I’m gonna ask you three questions.” Jackson proceeded to ask Brickley about Steve Nash’s athleticism, the proper footwork leading into a jumper, and five characteristics of an athlete. Brickley simply went with his gut and answered the questions as best he could. “I had my interview and it went well, and he’s like, ‘I’ll see you at pre-draft workouts in two days,'” Brickley said.