Hear What Phil Jackson Thought of New York Knicks Back In 2012

  • David Gonos


No doubt, 2017 Phil Jackson finally agreed with 2012 Phil Jackson. The Knicks job was bad because there’s “too much work that has to be done.”

There are many times in life when we all wish we had taken our own advice. That’s the case with former New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson, who had a mutual uncoupling Wednesday – just five years after he told Andrea Kremer he wasn’t the right man to take the job to lead the Knicks in an interview on HBO’s Real Sports.

Jackson is an NBA Hall-of-Fame head coach that has led two different teams to NBA Three-Peats, including Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and the L.A. Lakers with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Yet, after he noted how difficult it would be to turn this Knicks team around in this interview, Jackson took the job as Knicks team president in March of 2014, signing a five-year, $60-million contract.

”There’s just too much work that has to be done with that team. It’s a little bit of a clumsy team. They don’t fit together well … Carmelo has to be a better passer – the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kind of blend that group together.” – Jackson in 2012 on HBO’s Real Sports

The Knicks would go on to post a combined record of 80-166 – and NBA-worst – over Jackson’s three years at the helm. Phil Jackson was definitely right about what a wrong decision it would be for Phil Jackson to lead that Knicks team!

Great Advice Not Taken By People That Gave It

By not taking his own advice, Jackson unknowingly joins a long list of people that weren’t smart enough to take their own advice, including all these everyday people we’ve all met.

Guy That Marries Crazy Girl

They broke up nine times before the nuptials, and he made a bold statement after each breakup, “That girl is nuts and I feel bad for the guy that ends up with her.”

Guy That Gets Food Poisoning

After sniffing the shrimp and remarking, “These shrimps smell a little funky,” he would go on to spend the night getting his stomach pumped at the local hospital.

Guy That Warns People About Hitchhikers

After telling people the dangers of picking up a hitchhiker, this fella gets arrested for trying to be a good person and give a scared young woman a ride across town. Turns out she’s an undercover cop and he misunderstood her when she asked if he could give her the ride of her life for $40.

Fantasy Owner That Drafts Obvious Injury Risk

After telling himself 100 times that he won’t draft a player because of his concussion history, multiple knee surgeries and a torn rotator cuff, this Fantasy Football owner can’t resist getting this stud late in the second round – only to lose him for the year after Week 2.

Not following your own advice is rarely a good move – you never win! If you succeed, then your advice is crap. But if you don’t succeed, you’re a dummy for not following your own advice. In Phil Jackson’s case with the Knicks – he’s a dummy that has now tarnished his NBA legacy with a small brown smear of Knicks-colored poop.

David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about sports online since 2001, including CBSSports.com, FoxSports.com, NFL.com, MLB.com and SportsIllustrated.com.