Has Phil Jackson Ruined His Legacy With The New York Knicks?

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 17, 2017

If the Knicks trade Anthony, the assumption is that Porzingis would be the face of the franchise and the focal point of the offense. He also said there's been resistance from the "top", another reference to Anthony, about adapting his triangle offense.

Porzingis, according to team sources, is frustrated with the Knicks' lack of direction.

Those comments have angered the NBPA, who hit back at Jackson on Saturday.

Jackson took the blame for the Knicks' struggles for about five seconds during his candid 49-minute interview and then distributed it everywhere else.

Tension between Anthony and Jackson was just one of the problems the Knicks dealt with in a dismal 31-51 campaign - their fourth straight losing season.

Anthony said after Wednesday night's final game of another disappointing season with the Knicks that he was "open" to be traded this summer. Jackson and his people seem to be the only ones that want to stick with the triangle and continue implementing it.

"We've not been able to win with [Anthony] on the court at this time", Jackson said Friday. "I can't go back and regret that", Jackson said. Jackson kept Rambis around as an assistant on Hornacek's staff, sandbagging Hornacek's power and influence over the team right from the start. "I thought as a combo, they could fit in pretty well". "And I think [that] has to stop and that will stop".

Jackson said the Knicks have to be identifiable with something, a system, and brought up the Patriots in the NFL, Spurs, and his Lakers and Bulls teams. According to The Vertical, players are privately fuming that they want no part of the organization's summer slate of triangle offense regimen at the team's suburban NY practice facility.

"He enjoyed playing here even with the losses, which of course surprises us because he's been on some very successful teams", Jackson said.

"We had the opportunity to play with Derrick and see if he does have enough left in the tank. before we have to get into that [free] agent market again", Jackson shared with ESPN's Jackie MacMullan. The fallout with star player Carmelo Anthony has gone from an in-house issue to a complete mess with players around the league rallying in support of the embattled Knicks forward.

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