During an interview HBO’s “Real Sports,” Phil Jackson says he wouldn’t coach the New York Knicks — even if the team asked him.
“I wasn’t gonna take that job; that’s for sure, they don’t fit together well. (Amare) Stoudemire doesn’t fit well with Carmelo (Anthony),” said Jackson, when asked to elaborate on what he meant by “clumsy.” “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.”
Jackson — who retired after the 2010-11 season after winning 11 championships as coach of the Bulls and Lakers — said Knicks owner James Dolan never called him about the job. He mentioned that he Knicks and Orlando Magic openings this offseason were not the positions to bring him back to the bench.
Jackson stated he has thought about coaching in New York and Orlando, but wouldn’t because it’s too far from his Montana home.
The HBO “Real Sports” interview scheduled to air Tuesday night.