Top 5 reasons why Patrick Ewing should get a shot as head coach of the Knicks

Patrick Ewing is ready for basketball —coaching that is. The 51-year-old says he’s ready to take his former team to the next level. He has a challenge, though: Phil Jackson. Jackson seems to be recruiting other former Lakers players for the coaching position, and he may be missing the best untapped opportunity out there. 

Here’s the top 5 reasons why we thing Patrick Ewing should get a shot as head coach:

1. He’s been coaching since 2003: He’s been working as an assistant coach since 2003 and is currently the associate head coach for the Charlotte Hornets. He understands what it takes to lead players and win. 

2. He understands defense: While he has never played point guard, as a “big man” he understands defense, and quite frankly the Knicks need help on that front too.

3. He has an amazing resume: He’s a Hall-of-Famer for pete’s sake! He doesn’t need a ring to understand the game and coach. Charles Barkley doesn’t have a ring, and there’s isn’t a person on this planet who would say he doesn’t understand the fundamentals of the game.

4. He would bring a unique perspective to coaching: As a big-man, he would bring a unique focus to defense and offense for that matter. In fact, the fact that he’s a big man is the reason Ewing feels he’s not taken seriously as a viable candidate:

“Yes, I think a lot of people do have a bias against big men. They don’t think that big men can do as good a job as point guards, I guess,” Ewing said. “They fail to realize that, yes, a point guard is the leader of the team on the offensive end, but the center is the leader of the team on the defensive end. We have to do the same thing on the defensive end that the guards do on the offensive end.”

5. He couldn’t be any worse that what they’ve had previously: I think passing over Ewing because he doesn’t have a “Lakers background” is a huge misstep. He can definitely learn the Phil Jackson “system” and because of his history with the team, I think he would bring a welcomed change in leadership in that position.

The NY Knicks are definitely looking to bring back or at least get back to their glory days. Phil Jackson was a good start, and I think Patrick Ewing would be another good move. If the Knicks are going looking to become great, sometimes they have to take what they would consider a risk. At this point, they don’t have very much to lose.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Steve Kerr turns down Phil Jackson and the Knicks to coach the Warriors

Questions were lingering as to whether Steve Kerr would take a job with the infamous Phil Jackson or if he would go with the Golden State Warriors. Well it seems the Warriors have won. Kerr will be their new coach. He has accepted a 5-year $25 million dollar offer.

This is a bit surprising considering his long-standing relationship with Phil Jackson. 

Only time will tell if he made the right decision. 

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Phil Jackson agrees to help run the Knicks; Will he make a difference?

The Knicks have come to an agreement with Phil Jackson to help run the team, but the details of his exact role are sketchy. According to the NY Post:

Phil Jackson has reached an agreement in principle to oversee the Knicks basketball operations and “president” will be in his title, according to a league source.

 

All that’s left is the lawyers finalizing the last contract details by week’s end before Jackson officially returns to the organization that drafted him and where he won two titles as a player.

 

The Post has learned Jackson gave the Knicks a verbal commitment on Saturday. The Garden still will not comment on Jackson’s status.

Knicks president/general manager Steve Mills will remain on board in a revised role and work with Jackson. Knicks owner James Dolan hired Mills because of his vast network of contacts with NBA agents and GMs. That isn’t the strong suit of Jackson, winner of 11 titles as coach of the Bulls and Lakers.

 

Some issues during the last couple of days revolved around his living arrangements. Jackson lives in Marina Del Rey, Calif., with his fiancée, Lakers president Jeanie Buss. Jackson is expected to live in New York during the season, but do some commuting. Buss visits New York on business periodically.

Jackson has made it clear that he didn’t want the stress of the day-to-day operations, but he’ll obviously have impact with “President” in his title. 

The most important and I’m sure pressing issue now is with Carmelo Anthony and his free agency. Will he stay or go? Who knows, but I’m sure Jackson will have a hand in it. One thing is for sure, the man knows how to build — and coach a team. Will he be the key to turning the team to wins?

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Phil Jackson may be taking his talents to the Knicks…front office

Yeah, just when you though Phil Jackson was making a NBA comeback –he’s not. Not in terms of coaching, anyways. Jackson was in meetings with the NY Knicks and when approached and asked about the returning to the NBA he replied.

“We’ll see,” he said. “I don’t want to be on the sidelines. That’s for damned sure.”

Well what is for sure according to an anonymous source with the Knick’s organization is that Jackson is mulling over the offer.

Alrighty then! As much as Phil Jackson says he doesn’t want to coach again (and he may not) it seems he just can’t stay away from the NBA–and that’s OK too.

He’s good for the NBA. The NBA is good for him.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss, Kurt Rambis executive producers of new sports drama series

Famed NBA couple Phil Jackson and fiancee/Lakers senior vice-president Jeanie Buss are taking their court-side drama and behind-the-scenes insight  to the television. They, along with former Lakers great/current Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis and his wife Linda  Showtime is developing a new scripted drama that will focus on the management of a family-owned professional basketball team. Sound familiar? According to Variety’s Brian Steinber:

Ron Shelton, the creative talent behind such noted sports movies as “Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup” and “White Men Can’t Jump,” will write, direct and exec produce the project. […]

 

In an interview, Buss said her experiences working with the Lakers as well as managing events, would inform the stories told in the potential series. “We’ve seen so much, the things that go on behind the scenes,” she said. “We go to events and people ask us a lot of questions about what they don’t see. They know the game. They see the game, but they don’t really know what leads up to getting the team on the court.”  Most people “don’t know what makes a championship season or what it’s like to go through a losing season.”

 

The chance to work on the project came together after Buss and others were able to meet with Shelton, she said. “He is someone that understands a good sports story, and we just really clicked,” she said.

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With the combined experience of the group it does make sense, though I hope it lends itself to a decent story line and good characters. While Jackson, Buss and Rambis certainly have stories to tell, it will be interesting to see if any Lakers drama “leaks” into the story line. They’re still in the very early stages of development and I have high hopes for something good.

That’s more than I ca say for the Lakers.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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