Once New York Knicks’ team president Phil Jackson got started making personnel moves on Monday, by firing Mike Woodson and the entire coaching staff, you had to wonder how long it would be before James Dolan tried to interfere.
If you had two days in the poll, you’re a winner.
According to a report from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Jackson has already hit a roadblock in trying to rebuild the Knicks into a winning franchise in the form of Dolan.
Just one month into his role as Knicks president, Jackson has already clashed with Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, over personnel decisions, the Daily News has learned. According to a team source, Jackson is looking to remove several staff members, which is commonplace when a new administration takes over, but Dolan opposes removing certain employees.
According to the source, Dolan’s reaction to Jackson’s request was to tell the 11-time NBA championship coach to simply focus his attention on building a winning team. To say that “minor friction,” as one Garden source called it, can be classified as Jackson’s honeymoon with Dolan being over may be stretching it a bit.
Anytime a new guy comes into run an organization, it is common that he gets rid of the old tenure and brings his people in, both on the court and in the front office.
After getting rid of the entire coaching staff on Monday, including Herb Williams, it really appeared that Jackson was the guy calling all the shots.
You knew that wouldn’t last as it only took a couple of days for Dolan to interfere.
You also knew that Dolan wasn’t being anywhere near close to being truthful when he said last month that he was “willingly and gratefully” giving up control of the basketball decisions to Jackson.
It was reported on Tuesday that Steve Mills, Allan Houston and Mark Warkentien could all be reassigned or possibly dismissed.
You knew that Dolan couldn’t allow his puppet Mills to go anywhere.
Dolan’s interference also could impact the hiring of a new coach as pretty much everyone in the league is aware of his inner workings and very few people will willingly sign up to be a part of his circus.
It is already being reported that Steve Kerr, the frontrunner for the Knicks coaching job, has concerns over the inner workings of the organization.