I am a Knicks fan and a Phil Jackson fan, and I am more excited about this Knicks team now, than I have been since PMFJ took over as prez.
perhaps Me-lo’s latest contract was “forced on” Phil by (ex?) alcoholic a$$hole Jimbo Dolan, and PJ tried his best to accommodate Me-lo with a win-now team. He made bets on 8==D Rose and Joking Noah being healthy all year, with Noah being the defensive cornerstone. He lost the bet. You have to gamble sometimes, especially when your aging superstar needs help. Not any more…
Behind the scenes, and in front of your eyes, Phil Jackson the Zen Master has been rebuilding all along, with a cornerstone of players Phil believes in: Ron Baker, Chasson Randall, Lance Thomas, Courtney Lee, Willy Hernangomez, Mind Kuzmingus, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle OQuinn, Justin Holiday, Marsh Plumlee, and Mo N’Dour. This is the team Phil has built around his first great draft pick.
Phil said in his season-ending press conference how the team played better the last few games, against formidable opponents in the playoff hunt, a Knicks team who played the right way. It’s with these core players, barring trades, with whom Phil will move forward with the concept of team and team defense, first and foremost.
These players don’t bitch about the triangle, they recognize it as an opportunity to score, to set up better shots, to have ball movement and player movement. It’s not rocket science, Phil says, it’s the basketball intelligence to be open to “plays”.
“According to sources, Knicks are unhappy with the triangle?” the only Knicks grumbling about the triangle are the ones with no concept of a higher bball intelligence, the confused ones: Me-lo, Rose, Jennings. CLee grumbled a bit, but he said it publicly to the press and he’s a smart player who gets it. whereas Rose grumbled publicly and basically DOES NOT GET IT. surprise!
Also grumbling all negative about the triangle and being anti-Phil are insipid bloggers and journalists who write anything to get clicks, as well as a slew of Knicks fans who believe the anti-Phil, anti-triangle hype, the KP is unhappy and confused hype, the bandwagon Me-lo and 8==DRose fans, dissing the triangle because “the players” don’t get it, and believe all the media hype that the Knicks, as a whole, are unhappy with “The Triangle”.
It is time… for Me-lo… to leave the Knicks and New York City, for greener pastures. Win now, Orangeman! and don’t let the door hit you in the NTC on the way out!
Here we are, Knicks fans, with a top 10, maybe top 7 or better, draft pick, in a great PG heavy draft, with 2 second round picks to boot! NOW, substitute another free agent superstar to take Me-lo’s place, who understands how to play team basketball and can help KP grow into a monster, under the tutelage of the smartest mentor in NBA history.
Lastly, Derrick Rose. 8==D Rose. 8=======D Rose. Maybe Phil will sign Rose to be a scoring guard? no doubt one of the league’s best penetrators, on and off the court. Max deal? Meniscus says no way! Let 8===D Rose go and you’ve got more bucks to go after a veteran or superstar PG: JrueHoliday, JeffTeague, GeorgeHill, KyleLowry, CP3. Any of these players would automatically raise the overall intelligence of this NY team. Can Phil replace Me-lo with another Superstar AND a Point Guard? THAT is the question.
Personally, I’d like to see Chasson (The Dream) Randle have a shot at PG
The Knicks will have a formidable team next season, and I’m excited to see the next chapter of the Knicks designed by PMFJ, with a top 10 draft pick, and 2 new superstars to help guide this solid, intelligent core of young Knickerbockers to greater heights.