The Knicks Are Normal, Which Is Anything But.

"Let's lower all the crazy for a while and see what that's like." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

“Let’s lower all the crazy for a while and see what that’s like.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

If you’ve ever been seriously ill, you know how remarkable it is to simply feel normal afterward. For 15 years, the Knicks have acted as if they suffer from a horrible illness and refuse to take their meds. In the year and a half since Phil Jackson took over, they’ve acted as if they’re a normal, healthy organization. Normal = remarkable. I wrote about it at P&T today. I even used pie charts. Check out my pie charts.

David West – coming to the Knicks?

dw   Phil Jackson was full of surprises at last night’s draft and the surprises just keep on keeping on – rumor has it David West is “very likely” to sign with the Knicks. I wrote about the questions and possibilities such a signing would raise at P&T. There are risks – West’s 35 and plays the one position the Knicks aren’t totally depleted at. But West has more basketball IQ in one of his brutal elbows than a lot of players have in their gray matter. There are risks, but a lot of fits here, too.

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Phil Jackson’s Year One in NY

Milwaukee Bucks v New York KnicksI wrote about Knick President Phil Jackson’s first-year approach at Posting & Toasting, specifically focusing on payroll, prospects, and personnel moves. Long story short: his moves so far make sense, which is unusual for the Knicks. I trust him, which is unusual for a Knick. And we’ll need at least another couple years to really know how trusting the man and his moves has worked out. Short story long: click the link.

Why Phil Jackson? by Matthew Miranda

I’m not sure I want Phil Jackson to come back to the Knicks.

 Crazy, right? How could anyone who follows the New York Dipsy Doodles say such a thing? Phil Jackson won 2 titles playing for the Knicks and 11 more as coach of the Bulls and Lakers. The man trademarked #winning 20 years ago, long before Charlie Sheen did, back when Sheen was still someone we laughed with, rather than at.

Rumor has it Phil is “leaning toward” signing on with NY in an as-yet-undefined front office role. It doesn’t sound like he’d coach the team. Some stories suggest he’d work under Steve Mills; some say he’d work over him. Some say he’d be president of basketball operations, a la Pat Riley in Miami; some say he’d be like the Vice-President in the Senate, and pretty much just cast the deciding vote in case of a tie. Continue reading

NY Knicks What If? May 1999

One of my favorite comic series was (is? Do they still print it?) Marvel’s What If? A different writer each month would take an event from Marvel history, change it, and explore the consequences–what if Professor X became the Juggernaut instead of his brother? What if Kraven the Hunter had killed Spider-Man, or Wolverine had killed the Hulk?


History tells us now that if the 8th-seeded Knicks had been eliminated in the 1st round by Miami in 1999, the Knicks were in talks to fire Jeff Van Gundy and replace him with Phil Jackson. As we all know, that didn’t happen, because this glorious, wonderful, I-injured-myself-celebrating-this-moment moment happened:

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