In no uncertain terms, the New York Knicks are a hot damn mess. The team is currently 28-40, and the Knicks are on the outside looking in on the playoff race. What makes matters worse is that the bad record will not have a silver lining in the form of a lottery pick because it was traded to the Toronto Raptors for Andrea Bargnani, a player not even in the NBA any more. Knicks President Phil Jackson has been at the helm of the latest New York regime, and it’s looking like he may be about to take matters into his own hands.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com on Monday, Jackson could split games on the Knicks bench with interim head coach Kurt Rambis during the 2016-17 campaign.
“There’s even talk Jackson could offer to coach home games next season, with Rambis coaching the road games,” Shelburne reported Monday. “It’s an offer the late Lakers owner Jerry Buss once flatly rejected, but it could be an interesting compromise to hiring Rambis as the head coach next season.”
Jackson fired Derek Fisher as head coach on February 8 and eventually “trusted longtime lead associate head coach Kurt Rambis to take the helm in the interim in the hopes his message would get through.” That hasn’t worked out well, as the Knicks have continued to slip further and further out of the playoff race. Shelburne noted Jackson has been traveling with the team more since Rambis took over and has had a much more hands-on approach to working with the team.
Is it possible that the 13-time NBA champion will leave the office for the sidelines to help save his hapless Knicks? Time will tell.
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