Phil Jackson’s time as president of the New York Knicks was forgettable at finest, however the native media won’t have carried out him any favors both.
Talking this week with Marc Berman of The New York Publish, Charley Rosen, Jackson’s confidant and biographer, expressed his perception that the New York media resented the Zen Grasp for his success with the Chicago Bulls.
“Yeah, he was a Knick, but additionally was coach of the Bulls who beat New York within the playoffs,” mentioned Rosen of Jackson. “In case you’re too profitable, individuals need to knock you off the pedestal. That occurred within the New York media.”
Jackson received two titles in 11 seasons with the Knicks as a participant from 1967 to 1978 and returned as their workforce president from 2014 to 2017. Between these two stints nevertheless, he loved loads of success on the expense of the Knicks, eliminating them within the playoffs 4 occasions within the 1990s as coach of the Bulls.
Jackson’s tenure as Knicks president was an unequivocal failure regardless — the workforce went via three head coaches and misplaced 50 or extra video games in each single season. However Rosen might have some extent concerning the therapy of Jackson by the New York press, as he fielded the vast majority of the blame regardless of the Knicks having deeper organizational tensions current.