On his first day as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999, Phil Jackson pulled Shaquille O’Neal aside and offered him a deal. Do it my way, Jackson said, and I guarantee that you’ll win the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player award. If you don’t, enjoy free rein on the court.
Derek Fisher said his ability to overcome shortcomings in talent by understanding basketball will more than compensate for an absence of coaching experience when he takes charge at the New York Knicks.
Phil Jackson’s inability to land the coach of his choice is an “embarrassing situation” for the man granted total control over basketball operations of the New York Knicks, former Madison Square Garden President Bob Gutkowski said.