Phil Jackson Comments on Knicks’ Free Agency and Future

July 14th, 2015 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson remains optimistic about the direction of the organization despite missing out on some coveted targets this summer. He's also confident they will start attracting top free agents again once they turn the corner in their current rebuild.  

Tim MacMahon of reports LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan and Greg Monroe were among the marquee names linked to New York when free agency began. Jackson considered those "long shots" and understands what it will take to become a popular destination again.

"We need to win, be a competitive team," Jackson said, per MacMahon. "I think we showed agents and players around the league a serious nature of what we're trying to accomplish. People who know basketball will recognize that, and we'll have people who want to come here."

The Knicks attempted to upgrade a 17-win roster by adding some second-tier options, including Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams and Kyle O'Quinn. Jackson explained he definitely had a plan of attack and, for the most part, it worked out, per MacMahon: "We made a defensive attempt in free agency to ...

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