- Phil Jackson stated the media was “decidedly in opposition to” the Knicks whereas he was president.
- Jackson stated he may relate to Trump’s media remedy whereas he was president.
- Jackson was fired by the Knicks in 2017, saying staff proprietor James Dolan did him a favor.
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NBA teaching legend Phil Jackson believes he can relate to former President Donald Trump in the case of remedy from the media.
Talking on the podcast “The Curious Chief with Coby Karl,” Jackson, 75, spoke brazenly about his time as president of the New York Knicks, which ended together with his firing in 2017.
Jackson stated the media was “decidedly in opposition to the group” and was “in search of no matter they’ll do to throw aspersions on the group.”
Jackson later added: “I sort of perceive what Trump needed to stay with in all probability for his first three-and-a-half years in workplace with the media.”
Jackson referred to at least one incident by which he tweeted about being unable to alter a leopard’s spots, a reference to Michael Graham, a former participant Jackson coached within the Continental Basketball Affiliation.
Jackson stated on the podcast that the media misinterpreted the tweet as a press release about Carmelo Anthony and brought on a “firestorm.”
“It was roundly made a racist comment, or no matter it was, that may be thrown into the combo,” Jackson stated. “Carmelo’s agent was upset about it … I made this assertion, and it was simply a kind of issues that created a firestorm.”
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Over his tenure as president, Jackson had a falling-out with Anthony that brought on friction on the staff. Jackson had re-signed Anthony to a five-year, $124 million contract and given him a no-trade clause however stated on the podcast that he had hoped Anthony can be receptive to accepting a commerce if issues weren’t working.
Jackson stated on the podcast that Anthony was not “compliant.”
Jackson additionally stated Anthony tried to be a frontrunner however did not understand how.
“Carmelo, I feel, needed to be a frontrunner, however I do not suppose he fully knew how one can be a frontrunner as a participant,” Jackson stated. “And I feel that the power of his character was intimidating to a few of the coaches that had been requested to educate the staff. And so there wasn’t this compliance that has to go between gamers and coaches.”
Although Jackson did not tackle it on the podcast, after a drama-fueled season in 2016-17, Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit assembly with Jackson, reportedly because of the group’s dysfunction.
Months later, the Knicks fired Jackson, and Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder that September.
Jackson stated on the podcast that Knicks proprietor James Dolan did him a favor by firing him.
“It was finest to depart, and I feel as a favor, Dolan relieved me of the job,” Jackson stated. “I feel he truly did me a favor.”
Jackson did name it disappointing that he wasn’t in a position to lead the franchise to extra success.