We can cross off one team from the list of potential destinations for arguably the greatest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson.
When asked if Phil had any interest in taking over Mike Woodson’s job prior to his contract extension with the New York Knicks, Phil said, “I wasn't gonna take that job, that's for sure.”
Most NBA coaches would drool at the opportunity to coach at the Mecca of Basketball, but Phil said that New York’s roster was too "clumsy." "They don't fit together well,” Jackson explained.
“(Amare) Stoudemire doesn't fit well with Carmelo. Stoudemire's a really good player. But he's got to 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 kind of blend that group together."
Phil will remain retired for now, but you get the feeling that he hasn’t closed the door on returning to coaching all the way shut. While, it may or may not happen this coming year, what we can learn from these recent comments is that Phil is not going to just rush into any situation.
Unlike some coaches who enjoy the challenge of teaching younger players how to be better, Phil prefers to make great players even greater, which is arguably just as hard.
So, until the type of team that he prefers has an open coaching vacancy, don’t expect the Zen Master to be in a hurry to rush back any time soon. Because when you have 11 championship rings like Phil does, you don’t have to be a begger anymore, you can just be a chooser.