The New York Knicks don’t do many things well. One thing they are great at is selling the next savior. Isiah Thomas, Stephon Marbury, Larry Brown, Donnie Walsh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Mike D’Antoni, Jeremy Lin, and Carmelo Anthony are just some of the names that were supposed to restore the Garden to its former glory.
Phil Jackson came to New York roughly two years ago with an impeccable basketball resume. He won 11 rings as a coach, plus another as a player learning at the foot of legendary Knicks coach Red Holzman. There was legitimate optimism within the fan base that the Hall of Famer who roomed with Clyde Frazier as a rookie would finally turn the franchise around.
Sadly for New York, the song at the Garden has largely remained the same since Phil’s hire. There has been no improvement to the on the court product. The Knicks record currently sits at 42 and 102 under Jackson as they limp to the conclusion of another playoff-less season in the mediocre Eastern Conference.