|Phil Jackson Wasn't Interested In 'Clumsy' Knicks Job|
Phil Jackson has denied he ever had any interest in taking the New York Knicks head coaching position. Jackson, who retired after the 2010-11 NBA season with Los Angeles, says that the Knicks are a 'clumsy' organization under owner Jim Dolan's watch, plus he reiterated a wide spread belief about the team's two major stars. Jackson told HBO interviewer Andrea Kremer that Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire don't fit well with each other.
"I wasn't gonna take that job, that's for sure," said Jackson, who played with the Knicks from 1967 to 1978.
Jackson suggests he has given a good deal of thought to coaching the Knicks - "New York is special," he says - but he dismissed the possibility of returning to Madison Square Garden because the current team is "clumsy."
"What's clumsy mean?" Kremer asked.
"Well, they don't fit together well. (Amare) Stoudemire doesn't fit well with Carmelo. Stoudemire's a really good player. But he's gotta play in a certain system and a way.
"Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can't stop every time it hits his hands," Jackson continued. "They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together."
"But wouldn't you have been the perfect person to come in and blend all that talent together?" Kremer said. "You sort of have a good history of that."
"Yeah," Jackson agreed. "Well, it never happened."
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 16 June 2012 01:21 )|