Phil Jackson, former NBA champion as a player and coach is once again the center of NBA talk all over. The big question is will Phil become the new team president ( The position allegedly offered ) of the New York Knicks.
The Knicks, as it were are currently among the worst teams in the league and are staring at the possible loss of their franchise player Carmelo Anthony to free agency.
Phil Jackson has had talks with Knicks owner James Dolan and a decision is imminent ( quite possibly sometime this week ).
Opinions vary as to whether Phil should take the job or not and some of them espoused mostly by media experts are as follows:
Phil’s health issues are to too pervasive to meet the physical demands of the Job.
The Knicks, ( who have no first round draft picks ) are too heavy a lift.
Team owner James Dolan is a micro manager who is reluctant to loosen his grip re: player personnel.
Phil’s considerable legacy is bound to be permanently sullied by association.
My response is to say Phil, make hay while the sun is still shining. Phil obviously still has passion for the game and his desire to operate in the capacity of team president has been common knowledge for years.Albeit health issues persist with hip and knee replacements but the need to fly all over the country for scouting assignments is overated provided Phil makes the right choices when putting his staff together. We must remember travel demands can be mitigated with just the use of a private jet and limo driver. Besides, when was the last time Greg Popovich and Pat Riley built teams up from scratch ? Right , that’s my point. It’s a lot easier when you are positioning free agents around Tim Duncan, D Wade, Chris Bosh and Lebron James.
The Knicks, as presently constituted are a bit of a mess but, to return them to contender status requires one or two key moves. Now this is presuming Carmelo Anthony stays. There is nothing wrong with the Knicks that free agents like West Brook and Kevin Love won’t cure. Sans those moves the Knicks still have core of Tyson Chandler, Melo and Tim Hardaway Jr.
This opportunity presents a new challenge for Phil. A chance to return to the city that started it all for him and throw caution to the wind as he approaches what ( with the exception of coaching the Albany Patroons ) may be the biggest challenge if his life.
My advice ? Grab your yoga mat and go east young man, go east.