The New York Knicks became the center of controversies after president Phil Jackson and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan are having opposite opinion for the head coach vacancy.
Jackson earned criticisms from the Knicks followers after he insisted Kurt Rambis to be their next head coach. The 13-time NBA champion decided to hire a coach that has a close relation to him and can execute the ‘triangle offense’ for the team. However, Knicks fans and players do not agree with Jackson’s vision.
James Dolan, who was considered worst owner in the NBA, has finally earned praise from the Knicks community after getting in the middle of the head coach search issue. According to Frank Isola of New York Daily News, James Dolan did not let Knicks president Phil Jackson proclaim Kurt Rambis as head coach. He added that his recent record and coaching style was enough not to consider him for the position.
“There was a sense that Garden chairman James Dolan would not sign off on a coach with a 65-164 record. Whether it ever came to that is unclear. But Jackson was also aware that Rambis was hardly the choice of the people and the players. According to a source, several Knicks expressed concern over Rambis’ coaching style in the weeks after Rambis was hired to replace Derek Fisher.”
Kurt Rambis plans to play 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis at the small forward position which many considered a very bad decision. Porzingis showed dominance being the man in the middle and if Rambis insists his plan with the Knicks, Porzingis intensity might be lessened. New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony also expressed his sentiments saying that he likes Rambis as a person but not as their coach.
Rumors saying the Anthony will be waiving his ‘no-trade clause are fueled after the news spread that Jackson already picked Rambis for the head coach vacancy. However, it seems like the Knicks community may now breathe easily after James Dolan saved the day for them.
There are previous reports saying that Jeff Hornacek is nearing to an agreement to be the next head coach. But for now, until he is not officially declared, it is safe to say that the Knicks will be in good hands.
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