Talent? Check. Point guard? Check. Bench? Check. The New York Knicks appear to have all the pieces in place to make a run at an NBA Championship, all but one: head coach.
Assistant coach Mike Woodson took over for Mike D’Antoni, when D’Antoni resigned yesterday afternoon. Although Woodson coached the Knicks to their first win in seven tries, he is still auditioning for the job. But there is a man who would need no audition. He would be the perfect head coach for the Knicks. That man is Phil Jackson. Jackson may be the final piece of the puzzle for the Knicks.
Jackson won eleven NBA titles as a head coach. He won two NBA titles as a player. Jackson is a proven winner. No one can question his ability to win. For that reason, Jackson will get immediate respect from his players.
Coaching an NBA player is easy. The real challenge is coaching an NBA star. D’Antoni learned this lesson when he allegedly lost control of his locker room. But this is an area where Jackson excels. He has successfully coached the biggest stars the NBA has ever seen, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Jackson would certainly handle Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
An Offense that Features Players
Jackson’s triangle offense would be a better fit for the Knicks. It would allow the offense to run through their top three players (Tyson Chandler, Anthony and Stoudemire). That would make Anthony happy for sure.
Once a Knick
Jackson spent most of his playing career on the Knicks. In fact, he was on the team when they won their last NBA title in 1973. This would be a nice homecoming for Jackson and another reason why Knicks fans would embrace him.
New York is Special to Him
Jackson has always had a special place in his heart for New York. Now he has an opportunity to fulfill that desire. New York would certainly welcome him with open arms.
Jackson and the Knicks seem to be the perfect match. He would surely win games in New York. The question is whether or not he can bring a championship to New York. I think he can. After all, he has won championship many, many times before.
Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.