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Shades of Phil Jackson in Giants GM Dave Gettleman’s “big butts” NFL Draft rant

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Old dudes hate numbers and love butts.

2018 NFL Draft Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Hello friends. Any football fans in out there? Did y’all enjoy the NFL Draft? I happen to be a Giants fan myself, which means that the draft was very...um...eventful. But I’m not here to talk about the decision to draft running back Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall. Instead, I’m here to talk about the return of “big butts” to the New York sporting parlance:

That is the Giants’ new general manager, 67-year-old Dave Gettleman, rappin’ about big ol’ booties. Of course, big butts were all the rage for the Knicks during the Phil Jackson Era, ever since Jackson chronicler Charley Rosen ridiculed future All Star Karl-Anthony Towns for having a slender rump.

But there were many more reminders of Phil this weekend, beyond the butts. Just listen to Gettleman deride modern thinking about positional value in the draft.

Very reminiscent of Jackson’s “how’s it goink” attitudes to the modern NBA offense, no?

I don’t know nearly enough about football to criticize the Giants’ decision-making in the 2018 draft. Perhaps mocking “the nerds” while advocating team-building strategies that seem to be several years behind the times actually works in the NFL. All I know is that is sure as hell didn’t work in the NBA under Jackson.

As the Knicks continue to move on from Jackson by hiring a new head coach and preparing for the NBA Draft, I continue to be impressed by the professionalism of the Steve Mills/Scott Perry regime. They might not succeed, but at least Knicks fans will be spared any rambling old man press conferences for the near future. Sadly, Giants fans aren’t so fortunate.