Rest in Peace to the Triangle offense. NY Knicks fans across the globe experienced an early Independence Day this week. After 3 years of absolutely nothing productive, Phil Jackson is out as the Knicks President of Basketball Operations.
A few months ago, Phil announced that they are moving in to a direction that doesn’t involve Carmelo Anthony. This direction must have been into the Hudson river. After not making the playoffs and finishing with an 80-166 record during Phil’s tenure, I’m not sure what’s left for the Knicks organization to do but try to stay above water.
Phil Jackson's escort out of New York is ready. pic.twitter.com/1xeE3aNKDE
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 28, 2017
Let me remind you that Phil Jackson signed off on Carmelo’s no trade clause at the time of his $124 million contract signing in 2014. The no trade clause allows Carmelo to veto any trade he doesn’t want to be a part of.
Trying to force him out this offseason in efforts to keep an unpopular triangle offense around didn’t make much sense to anyone. Instead, resentment and frustration set in by Knicks fans and spectators. As each day went by, the more folks wanted Phil Jackson the former Knick player and coaching legend, gone.
“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction” -Knicks Owner James Dolan
For the most part, Knicks Owner James Dolan stayed out of Jackson’s way (like an owner should unless you’re mark Cuban) when it came to team personnel and politics. In fact, in a radio interview earlier this year, he even agreed to honor Jackson’s five-year contract “all the way to the end.”
Kristaps should attend Phil's exit interview.
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) June 28, 2017
But enough was enough for Dolan when Jackson made a statement about considering trade options for the unicorn Kristaps Porzingis. Shortly after the rumors that thankfully remained rumors, the Knicks drafted French guard Frank Ntilikina and Dolan announced the mutual separation between the Knicks organization and Phil Jackson.
“The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart,” he said in a statement. “This team and this town launched my N.B.A. career. I will forever be indebted to them.”-Phil Jackson
But Phil Jackson took some notes from his distant distant cousin, Janet Jackson.
Phil Jackson worked for the Knicks for 1,200 days. He was paid $60 million for it or $50,000 a day.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 28, 2017
Phil Jackson getting fired couldn’t have come at a better time for Phil Jackson. A few months ago, Jackson and the Knicks silently agreed to pick up the final two years of the five-year contract signed in 2014. To save money and what’s left of the New York Knicks, Dolan chose to buy out Jackson’s remaining $24 million instead of the $54 million Carmelo Anthony would’ve been owed.
Instead of falling asleep on players during workouts, he can now fall asleep on his money.