New York Knicks Part Ways With Phil Jackson
After three seasons as the New York Knicks president, Phil Jackson and the franchise have decided to part ways. Jackson won an NBA championship with the Knicks as a player and won eleven championships as a head coach, but his success previously in his career did not translate to wins on the court for the Knicks. Jackson won just eighty games in his three seasons as the Knicks president. Jackson's dismissal seems to be impacted less about the wins and losses and more about his soured relationships between the team's best players. Jackson had said in a press conference following the season that Carmelo Anthony was "better off somewhere else". Just hours before this year's NBA Draft, Jackson was taking calls on Kristaps Porzingis, in what many viewed as a reaction to the young player's refusal to attend the team's exit meetings. Below is Jackson's statement on leaving the Knicks.
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
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