Phil Jackson has finally left the New York Knicks after three long detrimental years. The Knicks organization has been mediocre for a long time, but now fans can now see the light at the end of the tunnel in New York.
The New York Knicks record since Phil took over in 2014 is a dismal 110-218. Now that New York is in a Post-Jackson era, there are still problems that the Knicks have to address.
“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” Knicks owner James Dolan said. Dolan also thanked Jackson for his service while in New York.
Buying out Jackson’s 24-million-dollar contract was a cheaper alternative to Carmelo Anthony’s 54-million-dollar contract, but Carmelo’s future with the Knicks is still uncertain. Jackson expressed love, gratefulness, and disappointment when he addressed the situation.
“This team and this town launched my NBA career. I will forever be indebted to them. I am grateful to Mr. Dolan for giving me the opportunity to return here. I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best, today and always.”
As Jackson stated, the Knicks fans deserve better, but the question is when will they get better? The Knicks do have some young pieces that they could build on. Pieces like Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hermangomez, and Frank Ntilikina are creating a bright future in New York.
Combine the young talent with veterans like Carmelo and Derrick Rose, then the Knicks could be contenders in the Eastern Conference. The problem with that is the Knicks are facing losing Rose in free agency, and Carmelo to a trade or buyout.
After his friend Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony has reportedly shown interest in the Rockets. The San Antonio Spurs, and the Minnesota Timberwolves both have shown interest in Rose as well.
Regardless of what happens, the New York Knicks have clearly made the crucial first step in becoming a contender.