NBA supercoach Phil Jackson, not yet living up to a moniker of NBA superpresident, implored New York season-ticket holders to “remain optimistic” despite the team’s dismal record of 14-60, the worst in all the NBA.
ESPN reported that Jackson appeared in a video message circulated on Monday. He reassured the Knicks fan base that he has a “clear plan” to improve the team during the upcoming offseason. The Knicks are looking toward an extra $25 million in cap space this summer to attract talent and will enjoy a top draft pick based on their record.
Jackson who owns 11 NBA championships coaching the Bulls and the Lakers stated that “for the first time in many years, we expect to have a top pick in the NBA Draft this June. These are key steps to building a roster of players that have both the talent and character to win in New York and who, alongside Carmelo Anthony, will become a team that can become a consistent winner.”
If the Knicks continue losing at their historic rate and remain at the bottom of the NBA heap come season’s end they will capture no worse than a #4 pick in the draft. The team’s 60 losses ranks them as the worst team in New York’s 69-year franchise history.
Jackson struck a somewhat humble tone, but remained confident that the Knicks can reach the top again. “Despite the disappointing 2014-15 season, we are steadfast in our resolve to do what is necessary to deliver on our ultimate goal of bringing a championship back to New York.”
President Jackson expressed a more calm and philosophical demeanor to fans than did Knicks owner James Dolan back in February. At the time, the Knicks were tanking with a 10-41 record, worst in the NBA, when Dolan told a fan to go “root for the Nets because the Knicks don’t want you.”
Breitbart News reported that the disheartened fan had sent a latter to Dolan saying, “As a Knicks fan for in excess of 60 years, I am utterly embarrassed by your dealings with the Knicks.” He instructed Dolan: “Sell them so their fans can at least look forward to growing them in a positive direction.”