by Marcelle English | Jersey Girl Sports | @jerseygirlsports
I'm probably not the first to say this, but its time that the New York Knicks
and their heavily contested president of operations, Phil Jackson
, head their separate ways after three years.
"After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," Knicks owner James Dolan said via statement. "Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive."
When Jackson came on board three years ago, everyone thought this was great idea especially after all of his success with the Chicago Bulls and the L.A. Lakers. When decisions were made, players were signed and still no wins for the Knicks, everyone, including fans knew this marriage was not going to work.
"The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart," Jackson said in a statement. "This team and this town launched my NBA career. I will forever be indebted to them. I am grateful to Mr. Dolan for giving me the opportunity to return here.
"I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren't able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best -- today and always."
The most public battle came between Jackson and now former player, Carmelo Anthony. When the team refused to waive Anthony's no-trade clause, and the Knicks were determined not to accommodate any request for a buyout. Anthony is still not signed.
Now Knicks' super fan Spike Lee took to Instagram to express his happiness with Jackson leaving.
We can't wait to see the changes that the teams makes in the next couple of months.