Buckle up: Phil is about to take us on a special journey

Harris Decker

At Tuesday’s press conference, introducing Phil Jackson as the new Knicks president, I got goosebumps. This wasn’t a one time deal. I got them repeatedly. Every time Jackson took the microphone, you took a small peek inside the mind of one of basketballs most legendary figures. The 13-time NBA Champion knows how to win and he looks like he’s ready to bring that attitude to Madison Square Garden.

USATSI_7813998_110579513_lowresThe reasons for this marriage between the chaotic and the calm can be analyzed, critiqued and cast aside. What cannot, are the reasons behind it. We learned during the press conference that James Dolan had been talking to Jackson for many months and that this arrangement was a long time in the making. At age 68, Jackson has nothing left to prove. He doesn’t need the money and he certainly doesn’t need to prove to anyone that he’s a winner. He’s here because he loves basketball. He’s here because he loves to win and he’s here to help turn a franchise around. You might question the move but you can’t question Jackson.

Fans have reacted in every way you could imagine. In a poll earlier this week, The Knicks Blog readers expressed an overwhelming excitement for Jackson. Nearly 93 percent of fans were excited. That still leaves seven percent of fans who don’t seem to be impressed. Why would that seven percent not be excited?

Is it a coincidence that this was announced right at the same time that season ticket renewals for the 2014-15 season are due? Of course not! That’s smart business. Jackson being here will sell tickets, but to say that this move was to only to sell tickets is nonsense. This is not a side show or a circus. This is not Tim Tebow signing with the New York Jets. Jackson has nothing left to prove to anyone. He’s not here to make sure you keep buying tickets at the world’s most famous arena. He’s here to win and we are here as witnesses.

What makes sports great is the way things can change. A few weeks ago, Knicks fans were calling for Dolan’s head on a silver platter. While that animosity is still present (yes, I believe the rally is still taking place this evening), it likely shouldn’t. Dolan made the smartest basketball move he’s capable of making. He brought in a maestro of the highest caliber. Over the next few years, we’re going to watch him make move after move to improve a team that we all love and he’ll do it because it’s what he was born to do.

There’s always the chance that things don’t work out. Could Dolan and Jackson have a hard time getting along? Sure. Could agents find Jackson’s management style to be abrasive and misleading? Of course. But Dolan, a man who admitted yesterday that he’s not an expert at basketball, made the right move.

So put away your megaphones and picket signs. Jackson has arrived. While Dolan may still be running Madison Square Garden, there’s a new sheriff in town. He knows how to make the Knicks great again and we, as fans, will have a front row seat to this performance over the next few years. Buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride.




130 comments
jaila
jaila

dolan sounds more like a kid then some evil guy...

melo7
melo7

knicks go 12-3 in these last 15 and get the 8th seed

kidrobot
kidrobot

If Melo and LeBron both opt in this summer.  LeBron is coming to NY

ds2488
ds2488

Very excited for Phil to come in.  The best part of the story came courtesy of the NY Times I believe, where they talked about how during the trade deadline Dolan was already consulting Phil and possibly held off on making some moves due to some kind of plan Phil had for the future.  That's really all I wanted to hear.  It's gotta be all about planning for the future now.  

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Speaking of Woody's "The East is big, man!" quote, Miami has moved Greg Oden into the starting lineup.

darealeric
darealeric

Tonight will be an interesting test. PJ will address the team. Time to tune back in and watch a Knicks game again.

newyorker9
newyorker9

with Phil here, Bulls, Celtics, Pacers, Miami rivalry will be back!! 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Phil's first decision should be coming very shortly. Both Shannon Brown and Earl Clark have signed two 10 day contracts. Two is the limit. After that the player is either released or signed for the rest of the season. The contracts should expire by Friday.

If we do sign either for the remainder of the season, we would get their non-Bird rights and allow us to offer 20% over the minimum. If Phil has interest in either Clark or Brown, look for them to signed for the duration.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

The magic number for the Hawks is 12. We are 27-40, so our best possible record is 42-40. Hawks are 31-35, so any combination of 12 Hawks wins and/or Knick losses would do it. The Bobcats have a magic number of 10 with a 33-35 record.

rico
rico

@jaila  evil comes in all shapes sizes and sounds. also few people are ALL EVIL, usually the most evil people are highly likable. 


I think Dolan is a silver spoon child of privilege  who never really grew up. Nor did he ever do anything to distinguish himself in life and has been over-compensating by meddling in the cash machine his dad gave him.  

tommy2b
tommy2b

@jaila  who said he's evil?  He's just an overgrown kid who finally realized he doesn't know how to work his expensive toy (the Knicks).

rico
rico

@melo7  nah atlanta is too hot,

plus I'm not sure the knicks won't come back down to earth being in this weird transitional period between the hopes of the future and the failures of the past…


Hard to know what Knick team will show up or not show up for the remainder

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@newyorker9  

Better to investigate now and get it cleared up, rather than let it go unchecked. The NBA will stamp a seal of approval on the hiring and away we go.

rico
rico

@darealeric  Woody asked  "Can't they just play the Ali speech again?"

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@darealeric Yep I expect Phil to get up in front of the team before the game and give that zen moving motivational speech:

"As i look around this room, I see nothing but untapped potential! {looking at Woody} You have potential! {looking at Melo} You have Pot.....oh boy!"

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Knicks_Fanatic Hmm...two former Lakers...clark didn't play under him..but its still interesting....wouldn't be surprised if it was Phil who advised Mills/Dolan to go after those two.

darealeric
darealeric

Sandro, you know damn well that even if Melo bolted and left us out to dry, the usual Melo nuthuggers here (ex. Kiyan), would STILL not blame him.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@Sandro Guedes  Me too.  That quote was amazing.  I like Carmelo.  I think we should resign him (for the right price…17 or 18 million a year), but he absolutely cannot hold this franchise over the guillotine for max money.  That will kill us.  


Now Phil can have a heart to hear to Melo and if Melo wants to leave, we will get something for him in return.


I just don't see it happening.  Sure, Melo will "waste another year" if he stays cause Knicks most likely won't compete next year (although you never know!) but if Melo leaves and in 2 years Phil has put together a team that is competing for a title, Melo will look like a fool.  


There are no easy paths for Melo unless he goes to Miami.  Then he's just tagging along for the ride.  If he goes to Houston…him, Harden and Howard would be a great trio but Harden isn't exactly a distributor and who is the leader on that team?  Plus, its the Western Conference, much tougher.


Clippers could be good, but most likely he can't pair up with Blake AND CP3, Blake would have to be traded for Melo, which improves them but maybe only a little bit.


Chicago he would have a great coach and Noah, but Derrick Rose has played 10 games in 2 years!  Name one big time player who has been out that long and came back to their former MVP self?  Its a huge risk and he'd definitely have to take less to go there.  Plus, again he wins a title in Chicago its cool but its still 5 less than Jordan got.  


I just don't see how he walks away from Phil Jackson.  Melo cares about his legacy.  Does he really want to be the guy who forced a trade to the Knicks that left the bare and unable to compete and then walked away the moment they got Phil Jackson?  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic @newyorker9 There's nothing to do this but the NBA trying to get ahead of any bad PR.  

You can't stop a person from dating someone that's affiliated with another team. It's not like they are married.

darealeric
darealeric

Yea, meanwhile,JR is in the corner smoking a blunt and tweeting

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @Knicks_Fanatic  Brown's not really young. Dude's almost 30, and even Pop couldn't see him being useful.

Clark younger and you could keep him at the mil and he can give you solid 7-10 minutes.

Brown's always been more of a combo guard who's lost most of his athleticism and isn't shooting at the clip he was in his younger days.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@darealeric  


Was the reason you made that dumb comment because you wanted your nuts massaged by that Carmelo hater Sandro?

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@xmenreturn  You couldn't be more wrong. Melo is a perfect fit for the Triangle. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@newyorker9 @xmenreturnLOL Why is it  about hate man?   I just think Melo is not the fit here for Phil and he will opt out himself for the Bulls. 

I also like to tease Kiyan since he makes every excuses in the world for Melo.

Nothing personal! lol

newyorker9
newyorker9

@xmenreturn why do you hate the dude so much? he's staying man. Phil wants him to stay. 

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@Sandro Guedes @Knicks_Fanatic @VerySilentJay  He's not saying don't fire him.  Just do it with class after the season ends.  Think about it, Woodson has probably know for awhile that he is a goner, but he is still auditioning for his next job, which he will get somewhere.  If we finish out strong and somehow get into the playoffs, he'll be able to say that he coached The Knicks into 3 straight playoff appearances, won a division title and a series.  Took over mid season and led us to 18-6, won 54 games the next year, and salvaged the third season with a late season run.  The Knicks would be wise to treat his exit with dignity and Woodson even if he is a lame duck, would be wise to do his best until the season ends.  There's something to be said for doing your best even when you know you're a goner.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro Guedes @Knicks_Fanatic@VerySilentJay 

And you risk having the players feel responsible for getting their coach fired. Their performance has slipped significantly. It's easy to just go out and fire people. Fixing things is difficult. Since Bargnani went down, our offense has been the 4th best in the league. Let's see what happens. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay @Knicks_Fanatic  But weren't vets a negative last season?

At least, according to most of TKB, the vets were "too old" to successfully contribute.

If you're going for a vet, forget about Brown and search somewhere else.

Woodson would rather give Murry minutes over him. That says a lot.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@Sandro Guedes @Blaze NYK  As of right now.  That's the key though.  Hey, I agree that on paper Houston and Chicago are better options now.  But leaving has risks too.  And as far as his reputation goes, if he stays he is seen as loyal to the team he forced a trade to and that will at the very least endear him with NYC, which is still NYC, where his wife loves living, etc.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@xmenreturn

Complete and utter nonsense! The sad part about you and the nonsense you spew out is that I don't believe your even ashamed at being as foolish as you are!  

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@xmenreturn @thatsagoodpoint @Blaze NYK @Sandro Guedes  Melo would be great in the Triangle.  This is just my opinion but I think he would thrive in it honestly.  


I think he stays for one reason.  Kobe Bryant and Melo are super tight.  Kobe might be Melo's best friend in the NBA.  I guarantee you Kobe is vouching for Phil and telling him to stay. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint @Blaze NYK@Sandro Guedes 

Staying carries a lot of risk for Melo too.  

1. He wastes at least next year here.  

2. He gives up leverage to sign a longer term deal here for less knowing Phil can trade him at anytime.  

3. He might not be the player to fit into Phil system which would just be awful for him. 

This will be big and that fact that Phil hasn't met with him yet speaks volumes imo.

zebeto
zebeto

@Sandro Guedes @thatsagoodpoint Rather send melo to Houston for 2 reasons .......1. they have some nice pieces we can use ...2 ..were sending him to the Western Conferance ! 


HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Jerry Gee

Satan is the father of all lies (John 8:44), and he have many sons! 

I myself have no love lost for those whose practices are such as that!

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Biggie  

Much appreciated! 

Sandro is an expert "equivocator" and I'm well aware of it as I believe you are. He has no shame while he twist words to conceal his false statements. He has his own agenda just like Satan and everyday he look forward to coming to this blog and manipulating the weak and simpleminded of this blog! He is indeed a "proud" one!

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Sandro Guedes

Lin's salary for the 2014-2015 season is almost 15 million dollars. If your suggested trade was to take Lin back the Knick's would be paying Lin almost 15 million dollars! You may be crafty at creating lies that sound like truths but your no Satan! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicks50 @Sandro GuedesLOL I wouldn't pay Master Lin that kind of money either. We did the right thing b-ball wise.

However, Lin was a bizness magnet for Dolan though.  Imagine the merchandise sells in China alone.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Sandro Guedes

What a dam hypocrite you are. You would take Lin's almost "15 MILLION DOLLAR UN-CAP FRIENDLY CONTRACT WHICH IS MORE THAN WHAT MOST BELIEVE LIN IS WORTH", but believe Carmelo Anthony should take "LESS MONEY THAN HE IS WORTH!" SMDH!

I almost think your even worst than a hypocrite!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Sandro Guedes @xmenreturnWatch Howard play man. He gets dunks period. He's Darryl Dawkins!

He had developed some low post moves when he got the Magic to the Finals and I thought he had finally arrived.

Even Blake Griffin has improved immensely.  Now he and Howard have exchanged games it seems!


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Sandro Guedes He used to be but Howard sucks now man!  Every since he went to LA, he has lost all of his game.  Dude is Darryl Dawkins now with Shaq touch on the Free throw line. 

I would never build around this guy until he got serious and went to an Akeem camp for the summer and showed me something.

Dude's a big sensitive baby. He let Kobe push him around mentally.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Sandro Guedes @thatsagoodpoint

Howard is overrated big time. Dude has digressed. Houtson won by 40 pts the other night without him.

Howard gives ya Shaq headaches on the foul line without Shaq production. YIKES! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint @xmenreturnYep everything is but Houston already have a ball hog and Howard is not much better than Chandler now if at all.

Noah is the tough center he needs to be with that can pass like like Duncan or better.

Also, Noah is already campaigning for him so you know he really wants Melo there.


Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@Sandro Guedes @thatsagoodpoint  I just don't see him leaving us.  I know that it means another wasted year.  Best case scenario 2016-2017 is the year we would do it.  We get into the playoffs next year, reload in 2015 with free agents and then in 2016 its the same team plus a mid level guy.  If Melo stays that is probably the target year with the hope that next year they could repeat.  Maybe 2015 but that would be the first year with new free agents so give them a year to gel as a team.


So its more of a wait for Melo and the window to win it all is not as long.  But I just don't see him walking away from Phil Jackson and the chance to be a legend in NYC.  All he has to do is win one title for The Knicks and he's a legend in the game.  Heck, even if he just takes us to the Finals, in NYC he would be a star forever.  


He leaves and Phil puts together a contender, he will look like a fool, even more so if he leaves and wherever he goes does not win it all.  Going to the Western Conference means tougher competition.  Harden, Howard and Melo sounds great on paper.  But who is the alpha dog?  Who is the leader?  Will Harden share the ball with Melo?  Harden doesn't really seem to be a pure distributing PG, which is what Melo needs (when not running the TRIANGLE HA!)  Chicago is risky because Derrick Rose hasn't played but 10 games in 2 years.  They'd be good with him and Noah and Thibs coaching, no doubt.  But not a slam dunk.


Clippers I could see.  They trade us Blake for Melo cause Melo and CP3 are tight.  Heat maybe but that would be lame.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Sandro Guedes @thatsagoodpoint 

Yep, but Melo would be crazy going to Houston over the Bulls.   Noah is much better than Howard and Noah can pass and will play hard all game.