Knicks, Phil Jackson part ways after dismal 3-year run


The Knicks are reportedly set to announce Wednesday that they have parted ways with team president Phil Jackson.

Anthony, who has refused to waive his no-trade clause, has two years and $54 million left on his contract and Jackson grew increasingly frustrated with the forward.

When owner James Dolan agreed to pay Jackson $12 million a year in March 2014, it was, by far and away, the largest deal ever given to a team executive and remained so until this day. Named NBA Executive of the Year in 2013 for his work with the Denver Nuggets, he has been a revelation since coming to Toronto.

Yes, Phil Jackson was a great head coach, winning 11 NBA Championships.

"I had hoped, of course, to bring another National Basketball Association championship to the Garden", he said.

In April, Jackson said, "We've not been able to win with him on the court at this time".

Huge #KnicksTape fans are estatic as news got out that the bromance of James Dolan and Phil Jackson has finally ran its course.

Both Riley and Jackson were good National Basketball Association players who became great National Basketball Association coaches.

Coach Jeff Hornacek, in Orlando with the Knicks' team preparing for summer league, thanked Jackson for bringing him to NY last summer.

"While we are now evaluating how best to move forward regarding the leadership of the organization, I will not be involved in the operation of the team", continued Mr. Dolan. But after a solid start, they quickly spiraled toward their familiar position at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and finished 31-51. The decision comes in the wake of turmoil involving stars Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Though he had been intent on keeping Jackson, the dysfunction within the franchise showed no sign of ending even as Jackson, 71, largely stayed out of sight. "He's a unicorn and he's special", Jackson said.

Additionally, ESPN reported that players and coaching staff felt frustration with Jackson's insistence on running the triangle offense - an offense that won him, as a coach, six championships with the Chicago Bulls and five with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jackson publicly and privately expressed confidence in his vision for the club after the season, which included building a roster around Porzingis, Ntilikina and Willy Hernangomez while filling the roster with veterans who could fit into his system and contribute on both sides of the ball. The Knicks have a few prospects (Porzingis, Ntikilina, Hernandez) and some trade bait (O'Quinn, Lee) so a good GM could make a go of it in short time.

Ujiri, who grew up in Nigeria, built a perennial division champ in Toronto but the team is at a crossroads with Lowry as a free agent.

Ian Begley reports that Anthony, according to sources, has gone back and forth recently on whether he wants to remain in NY or would be open to playing in another city.