Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson may not be done coaching in the NBA. But if he does come back, it won't be with the New York Knicks.Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA Championships and the Los Angeles Lakers to five more, told HBO's "Real Sports" that he would not have considered the head coaching position with the Knicks even if he had been offered."I wasn't gonna take that job; that's fore sure," Jackson said in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday. "They don't fit together well. (Amare) Stoudemire doesn't fit well with Carmelo (Anthony). Stoudemire's a really good player, but he's gotta play in a certain system and a way."Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can't stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together."The Knicks removed the interim tag from Mike Woodson on May 27 and signed him to a reported three-year deal. Woodson led the Knicks to an 18-6 regular season record and seventh seed in the Eastern conference after taking over for Mike D'Antoni, who stepped down on March 14.Jackson was rumored to be a candidate for the opening at the end of the year, but said the Knicks did not contact him before signing Woodson to the contract extension.Jackson also did not have interest in the Orlando Magic job opening, saying it was too far from his Montana home.The Magic currently are in search of a new head coach and general manager after Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith were let go.A second round draft pick in 1967, Jackson played 11 seasons with the Knicks and was a part of the 1970 and 1973 NBA Championship teams.
According to Bleacher Report, Wendell Carter Jr. would be taken fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies if the NBA were to redraft this year’s class based off of Summer League performances.
It may sound like a crazy concept (and it is), but Carter Jr. averaged the second most points, 14.6, through five July games in Las Vegas. He also averaged 9.4 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field while averaging 28.8 minutes in his glamorous first-stint with Chicago. Those numbers are even more striking if you consider Carter Jr.’s 42.9 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.
Carter Jr., the real seventh overall pick of this year’s NBA Draft, looked like the all-around player the Bulls were hoping to get this offseason. He made his blocking abilities as a center known from the moment he stepped on the court in Summer League.
In their re-draft, Bleacher Report had Chicago using the No. 7 pick on the New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson, who was actually taken 36th overall in last month’s Draft.
Robinson, a center, averaged 13 points and 24.8 minutes per game over five Summer League contests. He was the best rebounder on his team with an average of 10.2 in the five games that the Knicks played.
The 20-year-old took the second most shots on the Knicks and had the highest field goal percentage at 67 percent, but Robinson did not have any three-point attempts. What made his recent production seem even more surprising was the fact that the 7'1'' big man did not play a single minute of college basketball.
But would Robinson fit in the Bulls’ system?
Chicago has taken on an offensie-first mentality, so Robinson would not be as great of a fit in the Bulls lineup as Carter Jr., but he would still be an impact player. He can be compared to the Bulls’ current center Robin Lopez, who averaged a similar amount of points per game (11.8 points in 26.4 minutes) last season as Robinson’s Summer League average (13 points in 24.8 minutes). And like Lopez, Robinson would be most effecive around the basket and in the pick-and-roll.
Robinson would also have to learn the defensive concepts that a veteran like Lopez has mastered over his 10-year career.
Next season, the Bulls will have an exciting scoring trio of Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Carter Jr. in the frontcourt. And the fact that Carter Jr. is getting so much love in the national spotlight is yet another reason for Bulls fans to be excited about this upcoming season.
On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Charlie Roumeliotis is joined by Scott Powers of The Athletic to discuss Stan Bowman's comments following the Marian Hossa trade and debate whether they're finished making moves this summer.
They also provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks' top prospects and which players have caught their attention as development camp winds down.
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