As expected, Phil Jackson will head to Turkey this week for his son’s wedding, but will be returning in time for the upcoming NBA Draft (Isola, June 16th).
Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
The Knicks’ President met with likely free agent to be Carmelo Anthony last week with the likes of Derek Fisher and Steve Mills in Los Angeles. The most pressing matter on Jackson’s offseason to-do list will undoubtedly be attempting to retain the superstar going forward. Anthony’s decision (to remain in or leave the Big Apple, respectively) is sure to set the tone for the summer (and perhaps not to mention, Jackson’s Knickerbocker tenure).
There’s plenty to improve upon following an overwhelmingly disappointing campaign for the Knicks last season, but reeling Jackson in as top decision-maker was a rather big play. Still, with that in mind, expectations for the rookie executive are increasingly high as fans remain anxious and hungry for greatness.
Though the team currently owns no pick to speak of, the opportunity to acquire draft selections in the days to come is there. While the cat is away, don’t expect the mice to play all too much. Instead, Steve Mills and co. will likely be working the phones in an attempt to line up potential deals heading into draft day.
There’s plenty of pressure for Jackson to succeed early on, so perhaps not pulling the trigger on anything would be perceived negatively. Making a move (albeit, how minor it may actually be) could prove to go a long way towards allowing fans to maintain faith in Jackson through the crucial weeks ahead.