Phil Jackson breaks down the Knicks roster. He’s high on Shumpert, says Carmelo must move ball
One thing Phil Jackson has promised would change with him in charge of the Knicks has already come to fruition — he is a lot more open. Knicks GMs used to appear in public about as often as the giant squid, but Jackson has kept an open, running dialog with the New York media.
He’s even gone so far as to break down the Knicks roster.
He did it for ESPNNewYork.com, and while there are no shocking insights here I can’t remember another GM/president doing this publicly with their team.
A few highlights, starting with Carmelo Anthony:
On Iman Shumpert:
On J.R. Smith:
On Samuel Dalembert:
That’s optimistic for Dalembert.
I love that Jackson did this, and he tried to be positive in his assessments. I don’t think by January Knicks fans are going to be as forgiving with these guys. Learning the triangle takes time, it takes trust of your teammates, and it takes the right kinds of players to fill roles. Players the Knicks are not exactly flush with.
If the Knicks are going to find their way into the playoffs in the East, it’s going to be because Derek Fisher got the team to play improved defense. Anthony will still put up points, the Knicks will score, but that is not the end of the floor where they really need to make strides.