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Mark Jackson Blames Phil Jackson For The Knicks Being A Terrible Franchise
On the court while coaching, Phil Jackson could do no wrong as the Zen Master had all the answers to win championship after championship with two different franchises.
In 2014, Jackson attempted to bring his winning ways to the New York Knicks by signing a five-year, $60 million contract to become the President of the franchise.
Everything went downhill almost immediately, and there’s one person you can blame for that. That person is Phil Jackson, at least according to Mark Jackson.
“Phil Jackson is one of the greatest coaches in the history of sports, not just basketball, but in sports,” Jackson said. “And I can say that definitively. I can also look at the numbers and say as the guy running the New York Knicks, he’s done a poor job. When you look at the results, he’s been a failure thus far.”
Mark was particularly critical of Phil for his handling of superstar Carmelo Anthony.
“Carmelo Anthony is an outstanding basketball player who has handled himself remarkably during these last couple of years,” Jackson said. “He negotiated a no-trade clause. I think you’re going about it the wrong way, trying to force him out. He has all the power and he’s taking full advantage of it.”
The Knicks have not made the playoffs in four years and Phil Jackson has publicly stated Anthony might “be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere he can win or chase that championship.”
Former Knicks head coach Van Gundy then weighed in.
“I think Carmelo handled himself exceptionally well this year,” Van Gundy, a former Knicks coach, said. “I think it’s a difficult situation. I think he is, like all players who age, he’s lost a little athleticism, but he’s still a very effective player. I thought he stayed above the fray and I applaud him for that.”
“As far as their strategy, I don’t know what their strategy is,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s to try to make it uncomfortable for him so that he’s more willing to accept a trade. But certainly, Phil Jackson’s laid out his vision, that it would be better for Carmelo and better for the Knicks that he’s not there next year.
“Carmelo Anthony negotiated a no-trade clause in his contract, which Phil Jackson gave him and so I’m really interested to see does he want to be someplace that doesn’t want him, even though that may be his destination of choice, or is he willing now to accept a different environment, a more welcoming environment, for him to finish of his career with?”
The Knicks are a putrid 80-166 since Jackson has taken over as Knicks President. They haven’t made the playoffs in four years.