One could go as far as arguing that the Knicks have been on unstable ground since the day Phil Jackson was hired as team president. They missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year as they finished with a 31-51 record.
There are five harsh realities about the current situation, and they all boil down to one bad truth: regardless of who deserves the lion's share of it, every member of the New York Knicks must shoulder blame for this.
It would take a miracle and a handful of apologies for Carmelo Anthony to suit up for the New York Knicks ever again after team president Phil Jackson confirmed Friday that the All-Star forward would be "better off somewhere else". When that didn't pan out, the Clippers seemed to move on. Point guard Derrick Rose left the team without notice to tend to a family issue in January and was subsequently fined upon his return.
One of the main reasons behind Porzingis' reported frustrations could be due to confusion within the team after multiple scheme changes by the coaches throughout the season. He said there was "a lot of stuff that's not clear" to players and that it was "hard to play like that".
Porzingis isn't alone in not wanting to participate in the team's workouts this summer that will be heavily focused on implementing the triangle offense. "And I think [that] has to stop and that will stop", he said.More news: Rod Carew's heart donor was ex-NFL player Konrad Reuland
Making a deal with the Knicks might be the easy part in all of this.
Sweet, merciful crap! We learned Friday night that Kristaps Porzingis-the light of our lives-skipped out on an exit meeting in protest of the Phil Jackson regime and their endless litany of bullshit.
"We've not been able to win with him on the court at this time", said Jackson.
"No, I don't [think he's ready]". It's an embarrassing overstepping of his bounds as an executive, and only underscores how the 71-year-old Jackson wants to be coaching (the management job he's actually good at), but that his body won't allow him to do. Jackson also said Anthony took offense to his assertion that the Knicks star holds the ball too often in a December interview with CBS Sports Network. "But he's shown that he's competitive. You want to get to that territory where you have a chance to win". That's really important for us.