Next Coaching Choice Will Make or Break Phil Jackson’s Knicks Tenure

March 17th, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

As the New York Knicks limp toward the 2016 offseason, Phil Jackson finds himself with the unenviable, albeit self-created, task of hiring a new head coach who can steady a sinking ship and, by extension, rescue his Big Apple tenure from imminent ruin. 

This is not, by any stretch, a juncture that Jackson was supposed to encounter when he became president of the Knicks in March 2014. Even now, there are those who will deny that any one decision, including the next coaching hire, can realistically define Jackson's time at the helm.

The Knicks, after all, hired the Zen Master to reinvent the franchise culture. Under him, it went, New York wouldn't let any single offseason, lone free agent or sole player dictate the future. Those days were over. For a team that has advanced past the first round of the playoffs just once since 2001, they needed to be over.

Jackson offered an air of calm as a front office figurehead, mostly because of his success as a head coach—all 11 rings' worth. The Knicks would invest more in patience, in process, rather than poorly planned pipe dreams that banked on New York's ebbing market mys ...

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