Despite having talented ballplayers Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez at his disposal, Avery, voted the Eastern Conference’s Coach of the Month for November, had the underachieving Nets standing at 14-14 heading into 2013.
With Billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov overseeing the Nets and readily willing to spend boatloads of loot to construct a winner, Brooklyn should be a coach’s wet dream.
Hence, if Jackson, who captured a record 11 NBA titles on the sideline and owns the highest winning percentage of any NBA coach (.704) in history, had any testicular fortitude, he’d be headed to the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs to lead the Nets.
Prior to being snubbed by the Los Angeles Lakers in November, the “Zen Master,” who retired after the 2010-11 season due to hip problems, proclaimed he’d never work for the New York Knicks even if offered the keys to the franchise.
“I wasn’t gonna take that job; that’s for sure,” said Jackson, 67, who played 11 seasons in Manhattan and learned to coach there from one of his idols, and Basketball Hall of Famer, Red Holzman. “They don’t fit together well. (Amare) Stoudemire doesn’t fit well with Carmelo (Anthony). Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s gotta play in a certain system and a way. Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together.”
In stark contrast to the opinion of Jackson, who was selected by the Knicks out of the University of North Dakota in the second round of the 1967 NBA Draft, New York is 21-8 and its evident the veteran unit will be a lasting, and powerful, force in the Eastern Conference throughout the season.
The Knicks are a very capable squad and a man like Jackson could have blended their ample talents into championship gold for New York’s first crown since 1973.
Unfortunately, rather than forever branding his legacy, Jackson chose comfort and decided against challenging himself to attain what would have been his greatest achievement as a basketball teacher.
Although apparent that Jackson’s an elite coach, it’s important to note that the “Zen Master” always triumphed teaming with hardwood icons like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
Therefore, it is somewhat difficult to evaluate Jackson’s exact level of supremacy.
However, it’s obvious that the primary reason why Phil Jackson has “no interest in the Nets job at this time” is because he doubts himself and is afraid of failure.by