With 12 more threes last night along with a dazzling 38-ft buzzer-beater to win in overtime, Steph Curry is dropping everyone’s jaw, except Phil Jackson.
By Jeremy Fialkow
You’d think 11 NBA championship rings would be coupled with an intelligent, insightful mind, and you wouldn’t be wrong.
For some reason, however, New York Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson and his rings stay oblivious to the new run-and-gun NBA, refusing to accept new trends.
The trend of today’s NBA? 3-point shooting.
It’s no secret, just ask Steve Kerr and his Golden State Warriors.
So, as Steph Curry does awe-inspiring things day-in, day-out and breaks records left and right, it seems obvious one should tip their cap and recognize greatness. Well, this morning, the Zen Master dropped a bomb on the basketball world with this hot take:
Never seen anything like SCurry? Remind you of Chris Jackson/ Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who had a short but brilliant run in NBA?
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) February 28, 2016
Chris Jackson? Abdul-Rauf? Who?
If you take a quick look at Steph’s stats next to Jackson’s, you’d be rolling on the floor laughing. In his nine-year NBA career, Abdul-Rauf never shot the three at a clip above 40 percent. Since 2009, When Steph was drafted seventh overall to the Warriors (breaking the hearts of all Knicks fans who were stuck with Jordan Hill), he’s never shot under 42% from three.
Is your mind-boggled yet? A part of me wishes Phil Jackson slept funny, woke up grumpy, and wanted to make a scene. He is after all running the franchise that my heart is tied to. But then, there’s the part of me that knows this isn’t the first time Phil-Jax knocked the 3-ball, and certainly won’t be his last.
Just last June, after a Golden State loss in the playoffs, Jackson tweeted this:
NBA analysts give me some diagnostics on how 3pt oriented teams are faring this playoffs…seriously, how's it goink?
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) May 10, 2015
We all know how that season ended.
But seriously, Phil, do you want to know how its “goink?” Try 73 3-pointers made by Curry in his past 10 games. Or, what about the fact that he broke his own record for threes in a season, and it’s only February? Not to mention, his team just clinched a playoff spot (that’s right, feel free to lose your next 26 games, Warriors) and has a very real opportunity to dethrone your 1995-96 Bulls as the greatest team ever.
In short, its ‘goink’ pretty well.
Even Lebron James, the self-titled King of Basketball, knows when it’s time for great to recognize great.
@StephenCurry30 needs to stop it man!! He's ridiculous man! Never before seen someone like him in the history of ball!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 28, 2016
It’s become apparent that Phil Jackson is a stone-wall of arrogance, and unwilling to adapt. He’s embracing lunacy.
For NBA fans it’s entertaining, riveting and comedic. For Knicks fans, its downright terrifying. It’s time for this coaching legend to stand up and applaud something that’s never been done before.