Larry Brown Displeased With Phil Jackson
Larry Brown, an all-time great coach in both the NBA and NCAA, recently joined The Herd with Colin Cowherd to discuss the New York Knicks’ recent hiring of Phil Jackson, as a President, not a coach. Because of his health, and difficulties that would result from traveling, an executive position was what Phil had wanted.
Brown, a former coach of the Knicks, has expressed his discontent with the organization of late, and the treatment of current coach Mike Woodson.
He’s also been skeptical of the reasoning behindJacksoncoming out of retirement as an executive, not as a coach. “If you’re going to hire Phil Jackson, who is probably as great a coach as we’ve ever had in our sport, why didn’t he coach?” He later went on saying, “If you’re going to do this job, it’s a full time job.”
He continued to question the validation ofJackson’s role, saying, “To think that you can run a franchise like the Knicks, and not be there 24/7, and you’re going to do it from sitting in the stands, I don’t know if that’s going to be possible.”
Along with the time spent into the job, the scheme that Phil Jackson is famous for engineering and implementing (The Triangle Offense) may not translate with Coach Mike Woodson and the players on the court. “I don’t think it’s a good marriage because Phil believes in the triangle, and Mike played for Bobby Knight, who’s a huge influence on him… and I don’t think he has the same kind of philosophy Phil has.”