Phil Jackson is Mike Holmgren-lite!


 Those of you that read FPS regularly know I was never a big fan of the Browns bringing in Mike Holmbren as President of the team. I really like and respect Phil Jackson but as a coach not as the guy making talent decisions. Jackson and Holmgren have a lot in common.


Holmgren was the HC/GM of the Seahawks for several years until he was stripped of his GM duties due to bad drafts. Jackson has never been the talent evaluation guy officially. Yes, he had a lot of power at LA but he had no hand in building the team. The same was the case in Chicago. Both teams were built before Jackson arrived. While he was able to massage HUGE egos of NBA players to get the most out of them, he stepped into a perfect situation that was ready to win in both cases.


Both Holmgren and Jackson prefer to live on the west coast or Jackson’s home in Montana. Having lived through one of the worst winters in Ohio history, I can relate to that. Even traveling around town during the snow and ice storms is a pain. The time spent waiting in airports for delayed flights will not sit well with Jackson. While he “worked” for the Browns, Holmgren spent more time talking to Seattle radio stations than those in Cleveland. When Jackson was being courted as a head coach for the Lakers again he made it clear he did not want to travel with the team. Is this the guy that will be an active part of the scouting staff? I doubt it.


The one huge edge I would give to Jackson over Holmgren is in selecting a head coach. Holmgren brought in a totally unqualified guy and then did not give him the help and support to have any chance of success. Jackson is much more likely to bring in a quality guy to coach the team he helps put together.


The bottom line on the issue if Jackson is committed to do the job, the Knicks will get better. It would hard to expect them to get worse. The Knicks are looking to push the Nets off the headlines of the local media. That is not a good reason to bring in someone that is not fully committed to do the job for a sports team.


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