Broussard: Jackson could finalize deal with Knicks this week

Phil Jackson and the Knicks could finalize a deal this week, with an announcement coming next week (Broussard, March 11).

Jackson would likely take a front office position with the team, with a lot of control over the team’s staff and players.

Harris Decker

Is it fair to say that as a Knicks fan, I’m getting very excited about this situation? Here’s to hoping that James Dolan doesn’t find a way to screw it up at the last minute.



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knickgirl35
knickgirl35

We need a coach up in here who will represent NY with some style, smarts and big ballz.  


omega_red
omega_red

my concern is who will Phil groom to be his successor once he's gone if he is indeed successful and decides to retire, that's my biggest concern pertaining to his longevity, who will be the next guy in line to continue his "successes".

rgm891
rgm891

The Zen Garden baby!!!!

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Not surprised that there are all ready people at ESPN, etc…who are hating on this happening, saying its going to be a failure, etc.


Look, I get it.  The Knicks have been a joke for over a decade and our owner has made some bad bad decisions with coaches, GMs and free agent signings and trades.  But it just makes me angry that there are reporters out there who basically do nothing but produce negativity about our Knicks no matter what happens.


I mean even last year when we swept Miami in the regular season there was no mention of it at all by ESPN.  When we were 18-6 it wasn't about how this was the best Knicks start in over a decade but just about how it was all because of 3 point shooting.  Melo scores 62 and he's a ball hog.  


The Knicks have struggled all season, but here we are, about to bring Phil Jackson on board and have just won 4 in a row with our line up of Melo, STAT and Chandler…the front court we were supposed to have for the last 3 seasons finally doing what everyone thought they would do, and there is hardly any mention of that.  Instead its how Phil Jackson will inevitably end in disaster because The Knicks suck and Melo is a ball hog.  I don't mind criticism but damn!

rgm891
rgm891

@zdiddy4nyk  I personally can care less about the Nets.  The media will only talk about our negative moves.  Ak47 deal to the nets was like the second coming of Lebron the way the media made it out to seem.  Look at him now injuried.  I do agree we maybe could of waited until the offseason to grab him because Gallinari or Chandler could have been kept to help D'antoni out. The trade for sure was for the better judging how the players we gave away are performing now.  But Gallinari for example may have never gotten injuried if he stayed with us.  No one knows.  The trade is the past and we gotta be focused on the past and future.  If PJ comes and changes things for the better that trade will never be talked about.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@zdiddy4nyk  

The Gospel according to the fans of James Dolan, the man who got Melo over the objections of his GM.


The Post has learned the Nuggets made a whopping demand one week ago that is more exorbitant than recent reports. According to an NBA source debriefed on Carmelo Anthony negotiations, Denver asked for Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and a first-round pick (obtained via Anthony Randolph) for Anthony and point guard Chauncey Billups.

That is, of course, absurd. It's almost as if Denver's asking for everything short of Amar'e Stoudemire and Walt Frazier's suits, hoping Jim Dolan will decide he must have Anthony at any cost and overrule his GM, particularly if there's a chance the Nets will land him. Donnie Walsh is too smart to be played like this. But Dolan? Here's what a league source told Adrian Wojnarowski:

"Donnie isn't going to make a one-sided deal and gut his team to get this done now," said one league source who regularly speaks to Walsh. "He'll end up with two unhappy stars because they have no supporting cast. But if Dolan gets more involved in this, he could really make a mess of this."

He sure could, particularly if Isiah Thomas really is advising him, even in an unofficial capacity. The trade deadline, by the way, is now just one week away.


rgm891
rgm891

@firebaldy  At this rate Woodson is going to show up at the rally and Jackson will be on the sidelines.

johneco
johneco

@omega_red Ha ha, I can't believe you man.

You're already worrying who will continue his successes?  What successes? 

I'm all for hiring him, but my worry is that there won't be any successes.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk  People forget, Walsh had full autonomy for 3 whole years, and stepped only in the Melo scenario because Walsh didn't wanna pull the trigger and hadn't done his due diligence with the DWill situation. 

Yet some make out to be as if he was meddling the whole time.


Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@zdiddy4nyk  

Thankfully Dolan took over and righted the ship. If he let Walsh run the team, we would probably have a losing record and be in danger of missing the playoffs without our draft picks.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Blaze NYK So, They said the same thing about Isiah................................ They can't be right all the time! 

That is why Phil is not coming because he thinks Melo is the guy to build around. at best Melo is a pawn and Phil will take his time to build this team to his likings.


Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

I understand that even if we sneak into the playoffs as an 8th seed, that is a huge disappointing regular season.  But I know for a fact that no one wants to face a starting 5 of Chandler, STAT, Melo, JR and Felton in the first round.  Our team has struggled all season.  Woodson has made a lot of mistakes.  But what number 1 seed would want to face an 8th seed Knicks with Melo in the first round.  If STAT and Chandler can stay healthy, JR continue to play under control and we get a healthy Kmart back for off the bench…I like our odds against anyone in the East.  I say lets take that 8th spot and either repeat 99 and beat Miami in the first round OR get some serious payback against The Pacers for last year.  No one expects us to do anything and we've been disrespected and hated on all year.  I think our team could have a serious chip on its shoulder going into the playoffs.  We still gotta get there first, but if we do.  WATCH OUT.

rgm891
rgm891

@omega_red @zdiddy4nyk  George Karl AKA Gollum from Lord of the Rings will hate the Knicks even more when they sign Phil Jackson.  Phil has got all the rings.  Expect hating from Karl for a long time especially when we bring home the chip.  

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@VerySilentJay @zdiddy4nyk  

The Gospel according to the fans of James Dolan, the man who got Melo over the objections of his GM.


The Post has learned the Nuggets made a whopping demand one week ago that is more exorbitant than recent reports. According to an NBA source debriefed on Carmelo Anthony negotiations, Denver asked for Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and a first-round pick (obtained via Anthony Randolph) for Anthony and point guard Chauncey Billups.

That is, of course, absurd. It's almost as if Denver's asking for everything short of Amar'e Stoudemire and Walt Frazier's suits, hoping Jim Dolan will decide he must have Anthony at any cost and overrule his GM, particularly if there's a chance the Nets will land him. Donnie Walsh is too smart to be played like this. But Dolan? Here's what a league source told Adrian Wojnarowski:

"Donnie isn't going to make a one-sided deal and gut his team to get this done now," said one league source who regularly speaks to Walsh. "He'll end up with two unhappy stars because they have no supporting cast. But if Dolan gets more involved in this, he could really make a mess of this."

He sure could, particularly if Isiah Thomas really is advising him, even in an unofficial capacity. The trade deadline, by the way, is now just one week away.


Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@Knicks_Fanatic  What ifs are stupid.  Melo doesn't come here unless Amare puts this team on his back, makes us a winning team again and shows the world how much being a star on a good Knicks team can up your clout.  Melo saw that and wanted to come here because of STAT.  


Also, lets just say Donnie doesn't pull the trigger on Melo and we kept that team together, didn't trade for DWill either.


CP3 was available.  Dwight was available.  We would have had our amnesty.  We'd have kept all those other players plus some draft picks, Eddie Curry's expiring contract would have cleared up 9 million in cap space, etc.  


I love that Melo is on our team.  I want him to resign (but take a discount).  But its stupid to play what if and blame everything on Donnie.  Dolan let him do his thing for 2 years and that got us to a team that was the first winning Knicks team in over a decade with a bunch of young players and draft picks and Melo wanted in on that.  Dolan interfered in the Melo deal.  Fact.  Sure, maybe we don't get Melo if Dolan doesn't interfere, but then again, maybe we do get Melo and don't give up as much.  Or maybe we pass on Melo and trade for CP3 and Dwight.  People blame Donnie for the amnesty, but that was a Grunwald move. Picking up Billups one year option was not a dumb move.  Picking it up and then turning around to use the amnesty on him when he only had one year left…that was dumb.  That was Dolan and Grundwald, not Donnie.


My whole point is that its stupid to blame Donnie or even Grunwald.  Both of them have history of being smart basketball guys.  To nitpick over details of this move or that ignores the larger issue.  Which is that Dolan is behind the scenes mucking things up.  


I like the Phil Jackson move mainly because he has enough clout to say no to Dolan (I hope).  Maybe Dolan is finally learning from his mistakes.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@xmenreturn @Blaze NYK  Big difference.  Isiah was a great player but had no history of being a coach or a GM.  Think about the hierarchy.  A player plays for a coach who is hired by the GM.  Isiah skipped from player to GM.  And honestly, Isiah's drafting was not bad, it was the trades and signings that were awful and that could have been more about Dolan.


Phil has never been a GM, true.  But as a coach with 11 rings, he's had a big say in building the teams he coached.  Guarantee you he had a say in who else played around Jordan and Pippen or Shaq and Kobe.  


Melo is an elite player that you can build a championship team around.  Phil will have the clout to convince FA's to sign here for less if they want to win.  He'll be able to tell Dolan this is a bad deal.  He'll be able to give whatever coach we have pointers and will be a huge motivating influence on the players on our team.  I can see nothing but good coming from Phil Jackson being here even if its just his zen karma and being able to pull out the rings in meetings with potential free agents.  

brookdon
brookdon

lol you think you could get carmelo effing Anthony for that? Get real.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@zdiddy4nyk @Knicks_Fanatic 

The deal should have been Eddy Curry, Chandler, and a pick, plus filler. We should not have traded for Chauncey Billups and his $14 million contract. The Billups contract cost up amnesty. 

rgm891
rgm891

@Knicks_Fanatic @rgm891  That was used with Azibuike spot not Corey Brewers.  We used his spot to add derrick brown

rgm891
rgm891

@Knicks_Fanatic  Didnt the Knicks cut Brewer to add Jared Jeffries back since Houston released him? I am pretty sure D'antoni wanted Jeffries back

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@zdiddy4nyk @Knicks_Fanatic@Biggie 

Prove that.
You are talking out your backside.

ScottE
ScottE

@zdiddy4nyk @Biggie  I know.  Everyone on TKB was up in arms when we let him walk.  He was exactly what we needed.  But hey, Dantoni probably would have planted him on the bench cause we all know he has an aversion to D.

ScottE
ScottE

@zdiddy4nyk @xmenreturn  Exactly!  I don't know how Karl continued to work in the NBA for so long.  He had gary Payton, Kemp, and the X-Man and they were still soft.  It's just like you said, he's a more versatile Dantoni.

ScottE
ScottE

@zdiddy4nyk @VerySilentJay  His point is that all of this DW hate is unjustified.  He was not panicking and probably would have made Denver panic and foster a better deal.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk @VerySilentJay  When the competition is, "who's worse" (Knicks mantra, apparently), there's no positive outcome.

Each crippled the franchise in their own unique, signature way.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@zdiddy4nyk @Knicks_Fanatic 

CP3 was traded before the next season started. If we didn't get Melo, why do assume we would have tradec for D-Will? We had enough cap space from Eddy Curry to sign a  star player and the assets to trade for CP3. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint @xmenreturnYep, I'd buy some for sure.  Go get it copyrighted now.

Marko polo
Marko polo

Isaiah had coaching experience he coached Indiana to the playoffs...... In fact Walsh is the one who gave him that job

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Blaze NYK Yeah but you may need to build so much around him that you don't need really him.