REPORT: New York Knicks, Phil Jackson To Part Ways Wednesday
It’s almost over Knicks fans.
The New York Knicks franchise have been in a downward spiral since Phil Jackson became team President four years ago, ultimately cultivating in four-straight playoff-less seasons, fighting with star players on the team, and multiple controversies.
That will all come to an end as Jackson is on his way out of New York, according to ESPN.
“The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson will announce that they’re parting ways early Wednesday morning, sources told ESPN.
Conversations about what was best for the team’s future between Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan accelerated this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out embattled forward Carmelo Anthony, sources said.
Jackson, 71, had made it well known that he felt it was best for Anthony and the organization to part ways, both publicly and privately, but Anthony refused to waive his no-trade clause, and the Knicks were determined not to accommodate any request for a buyout.
With no end to the stalemate in sight, and free agency beginning on July 1, Jackson’s discussions with Dolan accelerated late Tuesday night and the decision was made to part ways.
Some close to Dolan had been pushing him to consider firing Jackson for much of the season, sources told ESPN’s Ian Begley.”
With the dislike of Carmelo Anthony and the public admittance that he was trying to trade star Kristaps Porzingis, it was basically the nail in the coffin that ultimately sealed Jackson’s fate and future with the team.