Former head coach Phil Jackson revealed in an upcoming interview on HBO, that he was glad that he was not contacted by the New York Knicks, before they decided that Mike Woodson was the man who the club wanted to lead the team from the bench next season, because he had no interest in the job. The former bench boss for the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, spoke with “HBO Real Sports” reporter Andrea Kremer, in an interview that will debut on the cable network on Tuesday. According to a report from the “New York Daily News,” the coach who retired after the Lakers were swept by the Mavericks in the Playoffs in 2011, called the team “clumsy” and told Kremer “I wasn’t gonna take that job, that’s for sure.”
Before Jackson became a member of the Basketball Hall Of Fame for his achievements as a coach, he played for the Knicks for over a decade from the late sixties through the late seventies. Although he told Kremer, that “New York is special,” he would not have wanted to take charge of the club, with its current roster intact.
When the former coach was asked to define his use of the word “clumsy,” he replied “Well, they don’t fit together well. (Amar’e) Stoudemire doesn’t fit well with Carmelo. Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s gotta play in a certain system and a way. Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together.”
Jackson’s criticisms of the team’s roster are certainly not revelatory observations; as the only time the Knicks showed any real chemistry as a unit, was when Anthony was sidelined for an extended period and “Linsanity” swept Manhattan. Unfortunately for the squad and their fans, it would come to an end soon after Anthony started playing, as Melo wants to be the focal point of his team’s offense. Former New York coach Mike D’Antoni and Anthony, were a terrible fit, as the former coach has always run a point-guard oriented offense while Anthony wanted the flow of the offense to go through him.
Jackson would not comment on whether he envisions himself back on an Association’s team bench in the next year or so, he did however state that he lacked any interest in either taking over the Knicks, or the Orlando Magic, who are looking to fill the vacancy left after the club fired Stan Van Gundy last month.