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Top 5 Worst Moves By Phil Jackson As Knicks' President


It's plain to see that Phil Jackson's time as the President of the New York Knicks has been a tumultuous time, with Knicks fans growing to hate the man for the way he has cut and changed the roster over his 4-year tenure with the team.

Granted, not all of the decisions the Zen Master has made have been bad, just look at the drafting of Kristaps Porzingis in 2014, and the trade he made for Willy Hernangomez out of Philadelphia for only two second-round picks is a steal looking back, but for every positive move Jackson has made, there have been at least 3 bad ones.

So let's take a look at the 5 worst decisions Phil Jackson made as the head of the Knicks.

5. The Derrick Rose Trade


Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and looking back when this trade was orchestrated in 2016, people thought that Rose would have a productive time in New York, which is partially true.

The 2011 MVP averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists per game for the Knicks, his highest points per game output since the injury that derailed his career.

Looking at those numbers, you may be thinking '18 and 4 isn't a bad trade at all, what are you talking about?' It's what the Knicks had to give up for Rose, on top of the issues that the franchise had to deal with.

New York traded away promising rookie off the bench Tim Hardaway Jr. to Atlanta for the 19th pick in the 2015 draft, which would turn into Jerian Grant.

Grant would then be packaged with Jose Calderon and Robin Lopez and sent to Chicago for Rose and Justin Holiday, both of who are free agents heading into this offseason.

Jackson potentially traded away Hardaway Jr., Calderon, and Lopez for a one-year rental of Derrick Rose and Holiday.

In that potential one-year rental, Rose went missing halfway through the season with no notice, couldn't run Jackson's preferred Triangle Offense, and battled constant back and knee issues the entire year, only playing 64 games for New York.

Because of the level of play Rose was able to sustain for some parts of the season, Jackson gets a pass for this deal, but the Knicks may have been better off if he never made it in the first place.

4. The Kristaps Porzingis Trade Rumors


In most cases, referring to your standout young star as trade material and making sure he knows about it isn't the greatest of moves to make when you're rebuilding, but I guess that rule doesn't apply to Phil Jackson.

It was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical that the Knicks were looking to trade up in the draft for a Top-4 pick, eyeing off Josh Jackson as their choice if they managed to pull off the trade, and Jackson wasn't shy about letting the world know Porzingis would be available in trade talks.

"As much as we love this guy, we have to do what's best for the club."

The Latvian bigman was pretty much the only bright spot for the Knicks last season, posting averages of 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2 blocks per game at only 21 years of age, but tensions between him and Jackson had been brewing due to Porzingis skipping an exit meeting with Jackson at the end of the season, opting to return to his home country of Latvia instead.

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With Phil now out of the Knicks picture, Kristaps is most likely remaining a Knick for the forseeable future.

3. The J.R Smith and Iman Shumpert Trade


J.R Smith and Iman Shumpert aren't the greatest of players, we all know that.

They both fill a role, and fill it well, carving out nice careers for themselves so far, and they are capable of some great performances every now and then, but the fact that Jackson traded the pair to Cleveland for the likes of Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson, and Alex Kirk is almost laughable.

Thomas is the only player involved in that trade that is still on the Knicks' roster, while Smith and Shumpert have both enjoyed great success playing alongside LeBron, winning the NBA Championship in 2016.

Both of these guys are probably thanking their lucky stars they got out of New York while they could, and J.R has admittedly cleaned up his image since arriving in Cleveland, which is good to see, but it's hard to look past the fact Jackson traded away the pair for pretty much peanuts.

2. The Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors and Criticism

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Just like with Kristaps Porzingis, Phil Jackson has not been afraid of being vocal about his thoughts on Knicks' star Carmelo Anthony.

Ever since April of this year, Jackson has been extremely critical of Anthony's performances and personality, openly stating Melo should waive his no-trade clause.

"We have not been able to win with him on the court at this time and I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere he can win or chase that championship."

"Right now we need players that are really active, can play every single play, defensively and offensively," Jackson said. "That's really important for us."

As you can see, Phil was extremely keen on getting rid of the 10-time All-Star, even though he never explicitly stated it.

This, of course, led to conflict between Jackson and Anthony, with Carmelo not wanting to budge at all, happy with his situation in New York, especially when you consider the fact his son goes to school in NY and his wife, La La, loves the city, so can you blame him?

1. The Joakim Noah Signing


Of course, the above four examples pale in comparison to this deal. What the hell was Jackson thinking?

The Knicks signed then-free agent Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal back in the summer of 2016. That is a whopping $18 million per year. How could anyone possibly think Noah was worth that much.

The center was averaging a measly 4.3 points and 8.8 rebounds a game to go along with a single block, clearly past his period as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

His first year in New York wasn't much better, only upping his scoring by 0.7 points per contest and playing in 46 games, electing for season-ending surgery mid-season.

And to top it all off? Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

Great work Phil. I'm sure the Knickerbocker faithful will definitely miss your face at MSG next season.