Pippen: Knicks have to get rid of Phil Jackson

By Gabrielle McMillen 31 March 2017 224
Pippen: Knicks have to get rid of Phil Jackson

The New York Knicks have to part ways with Phil Jackson immediately, according to former NBA star Scottie Pippen.

Pippen believes much of the Knicks' woes have to do with Jackson's inefficiency as president, and for the team to rally in the coming years, it must let the 13-time championship winner go.

"I just think [Jackson] hasn't put the right pieces on the floor," Pippen told ESPN on Thursday, having won six championships under Jackson with the Chicago Bulls.

"I give a lot of credit to Carmelo [Anthony], who has been very professional in getting through this 82-game season, and now he's being benched to some degree, they've taken a lot of his minutes away.

"But this team really just hasn't had it. They haven't had it since Phil Jackson landed there."

It is Jackson's third year as the Knicks' president. During his first two seasons, New York posted a 17-65 and 32-50 record, respectively. 

With a 28-47 record and only seven games left in this season, New York will not be making the playoffs for the fourth year in succession.

Even though Pippen and Jackson were together for 11 years in Chicago, the majority of the former's sympathy lies with Anthony, who has a diminished role with the team for the remainder of the season.

"There has not been any upside to think that the New York Knicks were gonna be a contender, and I just feel bad for Carmelo having to go through this and having to deal with it, but he got a great contract, so ..." Pippen said. 

"I'm sure the fans will love to see Carmelo in New York and Phil out."

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