Sweet, merciful crap! We learned Friday night that Kristaps Porzingis—the light of our lives—skipped out on an exit meeting in protest of the Phil Jackson regime and their endless litany of bullshit. Now Adrian Wojnarowski descends upon us with the mother of all #WojBombs, detailing the sheer insanity which drove the Unicorn to plot a run for the safety of Latvia this summer.
— Other Knicks who attended Jackson’s interviews were perplexed by some weird-ass game show-style questions (???).
— From Woj:
“Players are privately fuming that they want no part of the organization’s summer slate of triangle offense regimen at the team’s suburban New York practice facility, league sources told The Vertical. In reality, there’s an open rebellion to the triangle – for the offense itself, and by extension, the discord and dysfunction that its implementation has burdened upon everyone.”
— Jackson expects the triangle to be fully implemented next season...whatever the hell that means. Phil has been sending players lengthy triangle tutorial emails.
— Players are complaining that the Knicks’ media department is far too intrusive, the support staff are mostly useless lackeys and that Hornacek has become a Jackson puppet. Nothing we didn’t know already!
— “The culture is the triangle” seems like a fitting epitaph for this regime:
Beyond moving Anthony out of town, Jackson sees the resolution of the franchise’s issues through the prism of an offense the coaches don’t want to teach and that the players don’t want to run.
“To Phil, the culture is the triangle,” a league source involved in the dynamic told The Vertical.
— Many players are sick of assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who seems more interested in yelling at them than in actual coaching. As many fans suspected, the offense has been the obsession of New York’s “defensive coordinator.”
— Carmelo Anthony is considering digging in and staying for two years, waiting out Jackson. LOLZ.
— Jackson clashed with former head coach Derek Fisher not only about the offense, but how best to incorporate Kristaps into it.
— It’s nice that somebody associated with the Knicks is looking into how successful organizations are run.
Porzingis has educated himself on how successful NBA organizations are run and knows now that the Knicks – from ownership to management to coaching – are nowhere near delivering him the platform to develop into the cornerstone of a winning team.
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, Players Association director Michelle Roberts publicly blasted Jackson for his public comments on Melo.
“We voiced with the Commissioner today our view on the inappropriate comments by Knicks President Phil Jackson,’’ Roberts stated. “If players under contract cannot, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect management to adhere to the same standards. The door swings both ways when it comes to demonstrating loyalty and respect.’’
I’m gonna have to agree with Jason Concepcion on this one:
T— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) April 16, 2017