For Shannon Brown, a reunion with Phil Jackson is the perfect fit

Harris Decker

The smile on Shannon Brown’s face doesn’t tell the story of the season he’s having. After 10 games with the Sacramento Kings, he latched on with the Knicks and has been a fill in since the release of Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih. The two-time NBA Champion doesn’t seem to care about his lack of minutes or what the future holds for him. The smile on his face is for a different reason: Brown’s former coach is now running the Knicks.

USATSI_7774655_110579513_lowresHis gratitude is palpable as he begins to discuss Phil Jackson in ways that only a former player could.

“I won two championships with him” Brown said. “He’s the first coach that ever told me to just go out there and play basketball. From a players standpoint that’s huge.”

During two of Jackson’s championships with the Lakers, Brown played a key role off the bench. He averaged under 10 minutes per game but was a dead-eye shooter from behind the arc. In the triangle offense, Brown shot nearly 68 percent on 3-point attempts during 18 games in 2009 and continued that roll into the playoffs.

The next year with the Lakers, Brown would double his points per game from the previous season and help hang another banner in the rafters of the Staples Center. When asked about what kind of impact Jackson could have on the Knicks, Brown didn’t miss a beat.

“His resume pretty much speaks for itself,” he said. “He’s a student of the game of basketball. It stood out to me when we were doing the scouting reports and stuff like that when I played for him. He knew everything about every player. He knew his strengths his weaknesses.”

Brown finds himself in a precarious situation. After all, when I spoke to him, the Knicks were less than an hour away from tipping off against the Indiana Pacers as they try to claw their way back into the playoff picture. The game seemed secondary at this point. He believes Phil is here to do one thing: Win a championship. Brown believes that Phil has the power to do just that.

“I think he will, I think he should. I don’t think he would’ve taken the job if he didn’t but I think that the organization has a lot of faith and trust in him, that he’s going to come in here and make a positive impact,” Brown said.

A victory over the Pacers in the hours that followed our discussion will likely be the first of many Jackson will oversee as president.

While he’s only played a few minutes per game, Brown suddenly finds himself in the spotlight, at least among his teammates. Brown said that people have been asking him what to expect from Phil.

“He’s just a laid back kind of guy but he knows basketball. If you want to deal with somebody who has a great knowledge of basketball, of individuals and obviously of winning championships, Phil’s the guy that can make it happen,” he said.

What’s odd are the types of questions players have been asking him. “What type of practices do we have?” seems like something you’d ask a player about a new coach, not a team president. Clearly the players see the writing on the wall. This is Phil’s team now, from top to bottom.

Despite the win over the Pacers, it’s likely that Jackson will seek a new coach in the offseason who will implement the triangle offense. While Brown said that they haven’t explicitly been told they’d run that system, he said that it makes sense.

“When you’ve won 11 championships with it, why go away?” Brown said.

Once the coach is in place, Jackson will try to bring in players that work within that system. Brown believes those players may already be here.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys, a lot of athletic guys lot of guys that you know, the triangle is gonna make the offense simple for them… There’s definitely a lot of guys in this locker room that are going to fit into whatever Phil’s trying to bring in,” he said.

Brown smiled throughout our discussion. He’s clearly happy to have Phil Jackson in New York, and several times during the game various players acknowledged Jackson’s presence in the crowd. Tim Hardaway Jr., spent a few extra seconds wiping his shoes before checking in, staring up into the crowd towards Jackson. Amar’e Stoudemire joined in with the applause when he was introduced and of course, Brown was there to witness it all. In his seventh year, Brown seems happy in New York. It’s not because he’s playing well or because the Knicks are possibly playoff-bound. Instead it’s because his coach, the coach that put his arm on Brown’s shoulder early in his career, has returned to New York. He knows it’s a recipe for success and believes Jackson will get it done.




211 comments
rgm891
rgm891

One last thing about soccer. Obviously you're playing 45 mins straight with no breaks but there are so many times players can rest throughout the half. Corner kicks free kicks injuries. Players always flopping to get a call and faking an injury. Giving out yellow/Red cards with players always arguing.

With the addition of goal line technology even more opportunity for rest. The 45 mins and timeouts is deceiving to one's who never played soccer. Soccer athletes are in great condition but they have many opportunities to rest up during games

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

I think the Knicks like to make the media look dumb so while Melo say he may leave or whatever that's code for he's staying 

so the Media can formulate outrageous stories 

which therefore destroys their credibility and affects their Jobs


best feeling in the world is making a Gossiper look like a Fool. 

rgm891
rgm891

Steven A Smith is so beyond hilarious.  The dude has a different Melo story every hour.  I gotta admit at least the guy is entertaining.  

rgm891
rgm891

We think players in the NBA make a ridiculous amount of money.  Lionel Messi in soccer is looking for 35 million per year next season!!!


I dont't care who you are that's so retarted to offer him that money.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@KnickelusKnickleby Please share this info with Sandro Xmen etc... because S.A.S has sources that Phil wasn't going to sign because Dolan sent Mills to speak to him! Now S.A.S is saying Melo to Lakers Chicago or Houston even tho on record Melo says he wants Phil to help him get "NEXT LEVEL"!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@KnickelusKnickleby Well that's he biggest storyline to play out in the coming days for Phil. What coach will Phil choose and what will Melo do? 

Anything else, is minor in comparison. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rgm891  Soccer is the most watched in the planet. We're the only ones that actually call it "soccer".

I already got used to calling it football, which is technically right since 90% of the world calls it that way.

There's a lot more money involved, revenue's a gazillion times bigger, sponsorhips are a gazillion times larger.

Of course there's more money involved.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rgm891 Especially when they run around all afternoon to score 1 goal.  That's what the marathon is for!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@carl hill  I've never seen fans so passionate about a sport as soccer fans.

I only wish more had that level of commitment and passion.

Jean Marc
Jean Marc

@carl hill  melo does not play chess. there is no such thing as a power move in chess.

rgm891
rgm891

@xmenreturn @rgm891  Haha now he stated you never know, he just might stay.  Smh.  The dude has no clue who his own sources are even more.  

rgm891
rgm891

@zdiddy4nyk @rgm891  I understand that man for sure.  I watch some soccer myself, but Messi or anyone is not worth 35 million.  If he gets hurt like he has been starting to a bit this year, say goodnight.  Imagine paying Amare 35 million a season

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Kenny Kaufman  Different eras of the game.

Back in the day Pele played with a ball made of leather that was a lot heavier. Defenders were butchers that went for broke. 

Pele won too much as a player.

Messi has done jack for his national team, which of course, isn't his fault. 

You go to Argentina, you'll see they don't appreciate their best player since Maradona at all. It's pathetic.

In that sense, it's very much like TKB.

runtmc
runtmc

Hell yeah - the Colombians even killed their goalie after he scored an 'own goal' against us in '94.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@carl hill @VerySilentJay  In soccer players get kidnapped if they make mistakes in games?

And fans actually do die in fights between fanbases.


They're bat sh!t crazy.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint That's doable because we would be able to to sign him for less for 1 year and then bump that up in 2015!  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@KnickelusKnickleby

True, But if LBJ opts out after this season, we are in trouble because we have no way to sign him.....unless Melo leaves before that occurs.

We need LBJ to opt out and sign a 1 year deal with the Heat so we can get our house in order.lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint  YEP true!

Melo and most ballers like the attention of being wooed. They surely want to feel important and needed. 

That is why Phil not calling Melo knowing he can opt out says alot.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rgm891 @xmenreturnHe might sign for 1 year at best depending on what the Bulls can offer him.  No way he sign a long term deal this offseason.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk @VerySilentJay @rgm891

Not so much. When I was in London, most people in sports knew the NFL, MLB, NHL, et al, and they knew it well.

American sports are well regarded around the world.

It's the other way around that doesn't work. 

Most don't view soccer (which I now call football) as the world's most important sport.

Here in South America it's same thing, except fans are as passionate as you'll ever see.

They also know a great deal about American sports.

They just couldn't compare them to an older, more legendary sport.

Jean Marc
Jean Marc

@VerySilentJay @zdiddy4nyk @rgm891  Spain got creamed by brazil in the last confederations cup. 

Only South American countries win world cup in South America in the whole history of the tournament. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk @VerySilentJay @rgm891  You always gotta go with the heart.


You should check out Belgium. They have a really young, talented team with world class players at every position.


Imo, they'll be the Cup's overachievers.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk @VerySilentJay @rgm891  The country that hosts the cup normally has the upper hand.

My money's on Spain, though. They're just too well coached and have been playing together for way too long. They play by memory at this point.

Brazil definitely has what it takes, but imo, the order of favorites:

1. Spain

2. Germany

3. Brazil


Surprise of the Cup:

1. Belgium.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@VerySilentJay NP That's all i do now.  I used to be a non-alcoholic bad boy now I've been basically neutered! 

You see ya woman or significant other driving near a vet or doc, jump out the window man and run like it's soccer! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@VerySilentJay @xmenreturn  Yeah man!  THAT IS SOMETHING NEW!

You think you're man enough to join this cult......ah i mean finest institution called marriage? 

Make sure you find a good supportive woman otherwise you'll be praying for another AP/Reuters gig even in Syria!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@xmenreturn @VerySilentJay  You got it. Couldn't agree more.

Time to settle down.

That's why I'm thinking of doing sometihng new.


It's family time for me.

Who knows, maybe I meet a hot Colombian or something...

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@VerySilentJay Get a wife and some kids and cut the sh#t out! lol 

You surely won't have to worry about traveling....unless it's to the garbage bin!  I miss being a pro athlete and all the perks.  Yeah Like I stated, you need to get married with kids man!  it's the bomb! lol

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk @VerySilentJay  I'm thinking of trying something new after I'm done with this assignment.

It really is fun. You meet famous atheltes, you make good friends all over the world...

But there's too much traveling, the pay isn't great, and you're always away from home.

rico
rico

@xmenreturn @rico @rgm891 @zdiddy4nyk  Wilpon was an asipring baseball player. The Mets are the extension of his dream and his love for the Dodgers. One day Fred will pass on and the team will be Jeff Wilpon who may one day sell and live happily ever after.  Long way to go until then though and the Wilps should become a cash machine in a few years as they develop Willets Point and when the Mets improve, which is going to happen.  

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk @VerySilentJay  AP and Reuters. I feed the worldwide stream they handle and they, as news agencies, decide where the feed goes (which media outlets in which countries, etc).


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk  I guess that's fair enough.

I've been around all these sports all my life, and covered a bunch as journalist.

The past 10 years I've come to appreciate soccer a lot in terms of what it represents to fans, what it takes to truly play the game successfully, how tough it is to actually execute on the pitch, and the mental and tactical battles that happen every day, which is why it's not every day you see a game that ends up in a 5-0 results.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@VerySilentJay @xmenreturnI hear ya but it a sports that seem to be more nationalistic.  Yes everyone goes to Europe to play for those teams to earn big money but it seem to be more about country vs country on the big stage. 

It is amazing that they do with their feet what many of us barely can do with our hands. 


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@xmenreturn @VerySilentJay  That's why it's so much more intense. It's not easy to score because the level is so high accross the world.

Watch the Champions League and you'll really see the intensity and how entertaining it is.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@VerySilentJay

 In all seriousness, Soccer is fun and it's a sport that younger people should play to help with their footwork in other sports.  

Watching a team like Brazil play, you really see the beauty in passing the ball and etc. 

Yet, unless it's the world cup or the Olympics, I can't watch it too much.  I'll watch for an hour and the only time I get up to get a drink of juice or something, that's when the one score occurs.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rgm891 @zdiddy4nyk @Kiyan Carter  Professionally? You've played professionaly?

You train every day from 6 am till 5 pm?

Did you do 2 offeseasons of training to get ready for the regular season?

Did you play 90 minutes at professional intensity 3 times a week while traveling to multiple countries?

The challenge to remain focused 90 minutes without making mistakes is huge. The pressure of losing your starting gig (which manager don't hesitate on) is tremendous. Understanding and executing the tactical aspects of the game are beyond comprehension for those who don't know the sport.


It's like saying you know the NBA because you plaed ball your entire life... 

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@thatsagoodpoint Hardo alert. Why the hell are you running for 90 minutes without stopping. I cant stand being on a treadmill for more than half an hour. Not because that is as long as I can last but I would rather play basketball, jump rope, interval train.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint I guess after running you need to kick something even if it doesn't go in the intended location for 99.9% of the time. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kenny Kaufman They really are.  That why we have track and field! 

At least make the goals count as 10 pts.  That way when the score is 10-0 , it's looks like a blowout! 



Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

My daughter plays soccer, trust me these are the best conditioned athletes in the world!

rgm891
rgm891

@zdiddy4nyk @Kiyan Carter  Dude I have played soccer my whole life, there is so much down time to rest while you're playing.  But it's def not easy task for sure.  

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Feels like we are paying Amare 35 million! At least he starting to play like he's worth about 10 million of that!

rico
rico

@Kenny Kaufman  Messi is the Lebron/ Michael of Soccer like the man says, which is the most popular sport in the world.You should check him out. Messi is getting on though and he has this new physical problem where he can't stop vomiting, so not sure who wants to pay 3 mill for that?


He's great though as is Barcelona, who have ruled for like 6 or 7 years. 

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Obviously it's worth it to whoever is paying him! That's the way it's supposed to be! Don't knock his hustle! Soccer is the most popular sport in the world!

rgm891
rgm891

@thatsagoodpoint @rgm891  Lmaoo I hear ya man.  Any sport is plain ridiculous to get that money.  Someone is going to give it to him also is the sad part.