Phil Jackson Rumors
Ian Begley: Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who is close with Phil Jackson, was asked about Jackson’s tenure in New York. “I felt bad for the way things ended,” Kerr said. He believes Jackson did some good things in NY and the Knicks are on “a good path now.” Full quote: pic.twitter.com/bSr8AlI1JC
Among the stories shared by Corgan was the time he and Rodman hopped on a billionaire’s private jet to Las Vegas following one of the Chicago Bulls’ games against the Utah Jazz in the 1996-97 NBA Finals. The pair stayed out all night gambling and then flew back to Utah the next morning so Rodman could attend a media session. “(It’s) 9 a.m., I’m sitting in the stands, I haven’t slept at all. They do the shootaround and Dennis walks up and says ‘Let’s go back,'” Corgan recalled. “… So after the morning shootaround, (Rodman) drove to the airport to fly commercial because now the billionaire’s not flying back again.” Corgan opted to stay behind and play miniature golf, where he ran into then-Bulls coach Phil Jackson. “Phil’s giving me the look of death because I’m the one responsible for Dennis going to Vegas. I’m the bad guy,” Corgan said. “And I’m thinking, ‘you don’t understand, I’m the one who told him not to go.'”
Kristaps Porzingis has cited tweaks to the Knicks’ offense to explain his early-season success. Phil Jackson is gone, which has freed coach Jeff Hornacek to run a more free-flowing offensive system. “This year you can feel that Jeff has more, he’s running his own stuff without anybody coming in and telling him what to do or how to do it, so I think from the top down you can feel that there’s more confidence in what we’re doing,” Porzingis told ESPN Radio. “It’s a better feeling this way.”
LeBron James paid a backhanded compliment to Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek for his newfangled, high-speed offense that’s not the triangle. And Hornacek didn’t tip-toe around the issue any longer, that former president Phil Jackson’s methodical system offense has been completely scuttled, though scouts say they still run some triangle actions on post-ups. “We’re not running the stuff we did last year with the mix of plays,’’ said Hornacek, whose club is off to a surprising 7-6 start and playing host to Utah on Wednesday. “Our guys are feeling comfortable with what we’re running. We’re going to get better at that. It’s a style most of those guys like to play. It makes it easier for them. Even in this system, there’s a lot of teaching we have to do. We have to continue to learn the little things that will make it easier especially in pressure times like (against the Cavaliers).’’
Ian Begley: LeBron James takes one more shot at Phil Jackson before leaving New York: “I think Jeff, the coach, Jeff Hornacek is finally (smiles), with the release of the old fella, he’s finally allowed to implement what he wants to do on the team and he’s showing it’s very effective.”
Former Knicks president Phil Jackson had a French vision last summer with point guard George Hill in the middle of it. According to an NBA source, if Jackson wasn’t ousted, Hill would now be the mentor for rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina. Not Jarrett Jack. Not Ramon Sessions.
According to the source, Jackson envisioned Hill being the type of cerebral guard to master the triangle offense and serve as a solid example for Ntilikina, whom the Zen Master tabbed eighth in the draft in June.