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I’m giving Phil Jackson 3 years before he bails on the Knicks

Chuck - Red's Army March 18, 2014 Around the NBA 26 Comments

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The Knicks introduced Phil Jackson today as the new Grand Poobah of basketball operations.

The Knicks are getting a part-time president for a cool $12 million per year. Jackson isn’t going to be working 16 hour days. He won’t be flying around the country scouting players. (He did admit that he’ll watch the NCAA tournament on TV!) Hell, he’s not even living in New York full-time. Jackson will hire a bunch of his guys to do all of the heavy lifting and he’ll phone-in final decisions from his place in southern California.

I give this entire charade 3 years before it collapses. Maybe 2, if the team whiffs badly with the 2015 free agent class. Phil will cite some BS health reason and bow out quietly. 

The quote of the day belongs to Knicks owner Jim Dolan, the man who has meddled in basketball operations for years:

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  • Curt Hays

    James Dolan: “I am not an expert at anything — unless you count bad decision making as an expertise.”

    • Richard Lustberg

      I totally agree.

  • bill_nair

    Dolan even coming out and acknowledging hes an idiot wont stop him from stepping in and making decisions. I hope this last the full 5 years and they continue to be the Knicks Ive become so fond of.

  • RedsLoveChild

    At $12M per year, lounging in Montana & Marina Del Rey….Phil will NOT be handing in any resignation.

    Maybe a “buyout”, but no way is he quitting this gig!

    • bill_nair

      Phil has possibly the greatest job on the planet right now! I mean who realistically thinks they can turn this franchise around? Hes just collecting checks.

      • LA Flake

        …and giving 50% of it right back to the gubmint. Anywho…

        It’s one hell of a day to be living in Los Angeles right now. A bunch of true Flaker fans (all 15 of them) are ready to riot over this. As if they needed an excuse to burn things down and steal other people’s stuff.

        Morons.

        • bill_nair

          I wish i had 30 mill to give to the boys. *sigh*

          I dont know if your on twitter LA, but my god is it funny watching these Laker fans cry over this. Its resulted in a bunch of “Kobey has ringzzz so hes duhh beste” arguments.

          • LA Flake

            I just love that Kobe is due for two more years another, what, $40 million? $50 million? And he’s what, 36? LOLOL

            No, I’m not on twitter but I am listening to 710 ESPNLA just to hear these Flaker fans lose their minds. Hilarious stuff.

          • RedsLoveChild

            I was there for the Rodney King 1992 riot.

            If they riot now…I`m praying KTLA will send Liberte Chan and Mary Beth McDade, in bikinis, to cover it!

          • LA Flake

            I don’t know for what I pity you more: That you were there for the 1992 riot or that you actually watch KTLA.

            (After googling Liberte Chan and Mary Beth McDade)

            My hat’s off to you. You have better taste in women than Chuck!

          • Curt Hays

            Um, wow. You are a legend.

            And please make the bikini thing happen.

        • Frank Aziza

          Great post man. Lol brilliant!!

        • Curt Hays

          LMFAO…this is your best post ever. I’m ready to hate the Lakers again instead of Miami.

  • adam

    How vested can he be from his home in Southern California?

    • LA Flake

      I thought he lived in Montana?

      • chuckmckenney

        He’s still with Jeannie Buss. Time in LA and Montana… and maybe NY.

        • LA Flake

          He definitely knows how latch on to others success, don’t he? Michael & Pippen, O’Neal & Kobe and then the boss’s daughter! Who’s next? Woody Allen?

          • Jaedre

            Funniest thing ive read all day LOL

  • Rich Jensen

    PJ called this the ‘capstone’ on a successful career.

    Tombstone is more like it.

  • Rich Jensen

    Oh goodness. This is going to be a train wreck of epic proportions. You’ve got a part time president in Los Angeles who’s talking about changing the way the Knicks play on the court.

    From “Ball Don’t Lie”: “developing the system so that balls are moved, and passes are made, and people make cuts to create open opportunities for teammates” That’s PJ talking about players making cuts. The President of the Knicks, from his office in LA, where he’s living with his fiancee, who is a part owner of the Lakers, is concerned about players making the right cuts. For $12M per year, guaranteed, for five years.

    Oh Jimmy, ‘Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!’

  • Rich Jensen

    I mean, yes, the Celtics just went 0-15 vs. the Western Conference, but James Dolan just managed to pull the NBA equivalent of ‘murder/suicide’ on the Celtics’ two biggest rivals.

  • Finks

    Has nothing to do with this post, but the NBA’s facebook actually posted something cool today and more importantly not Labron related.

    Yessir! Happy Birthday Scal!

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  • Richard Lustberg