The Knicks will introduce Phil Jackson on Tuesday, but is it a hiring made out of desperation?
Johnette Howard thinks so. In her latest ESPN New York column, Howard argues that Jackson is a smoke screen meant to distract from the thriving team across the bridge:
It’s worth noting, Jackson reportedly had an informal consultancy relationship with Brooklyn, according to NetsDaily:
“Ownership sought his informal advice on number of things over last couple of years,” one Nets insider told NetsDaily. “There were informal conversations but they never got to specific job discussions.”
Brian ErniGreat read by Howard, whose work I grew up on in her Newsday days. It’s certainly a fair question to ask. If I’m a Knicks fan, though, I’m not debating it at all, instead just dying for anyone to come into the Garden and actually fix that debacle. But since I’m a Nets fan, all I can do is smile a little. Brooklyn still has a ways to go before it truly rivals the Knicks for supremacy in the NYC zeitgeist, but — as a wrote last month — this season could certainly be a start.
On another note, Howard’s piece also shows how Thornton’s stock has risen the last month or so. Deemed as one of the worst contracts in the NBA by Bill Simmons right before the deadline, Thornton is being seen as that integral addition that the Nets needed. Amazing how a few 20+ point games can change things.
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