Nothing Is Normal About The New York Knicks, But The Timing Of Phil Jackson's Firing Seems Extremely Abnormal
I know that trying to figure out what's going on in the mind of the New York Knicks' "braintrust" is as hopeless of an endeavor as trying to figure out what evils lie beneath Isiah Thomas' sheepish smile, but doesn't the timing on this move seem odd?
There's no doubt that Phil Jackson needed to get canned, but we are no more than a week removed from him orchestrating a draft around a long defunct shape while simultaneously trying to rid himself of a player who has the potential to be so transcendent that his skill set can only be compared to the rarity of seeing a fictional, horned horse. James Dolan didn't seem to have a problem leaving a senile old man to his own antiquated devices when that senile old man was napping through organizational auditions. In fact, he was so trusting of the decaying wits of the person left in charge of the future of his franchise that he was on stage playing wind instruments looking like he pillaged Jimi Hendrix's closet when that person was making crucial, irreversible decisions...
Only now, just six days after the potential crisis that he willingly ignored magically managed to be averted, did he come to the conclusion that the shell of a human being blindly steering his ship through impending disaster needed to be replaced?
I don't know about you, but I am not buying it.
I only joked that the NBA should step in with a metaphorical tranquilizer dart and put one of the most accomplished head coaches of all time to sleep before he used his executive order to slowly execute a proud franchise, but I'm honestly not so sure that didn't just happen.
Consider this, how likely is it that James Dolan had a revelation that he suddenly cares about the sports team he inherited immediately after it's beating, Latvian heart nearly got ripped right out of it's chest and sold at a discount on the black market? Is it as likely as Adam Silver refusing to let a franchise with a huge following in a massive market commit social suicide by sabotaging itself?
The answer is rhetorical but you know exactly what it is, because you don't stand idly by complaint while someone repeatedly tries to burn your belongings and then only decide to take action after the 8th or 9th flicker of the lighter. I may not be one for conspiracy theories, but when the impetus for them is the continued negligence and incompetence of the New Yorks Knicks' ownership then I'll lightly season my palate with that grain of salt.