The toxic relationship between the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson has finally come to a close. Early this morning it was announced that the parties would be parting ways after 3 seasons. In other words, Phil said you can fire me just don't say you fired me. I don't understand why this would happen weeks after they decided to pick up his extension on the contract, but either way what's done is done. After all it is Dolan's money, so who gives a rats ass what he does with it. Knick fans finally get what they wanted after begging for months, which was get Phil Jackson fired, and James Dolan finally manned up and pulled the trigger on this decision.
Still I don't believe this will at all change the outcome of how the Knicks franchise progresses over the next few years. Phil Jackson clearly wasn't the guy to turn this franchise around, but they still don't have that guy, and all they have now is the ashes that remain from Phil burning this organization to the ground. Yes, the Knicks have a couple building blocks for the future with Porzingis, Hernangomez, and now the French kid, besides from that there's nothing positive about what Phil has left behind.
The Knicks are left with Jeff Hornachek, will he go with Phil, I don't know, but he should. The Knicks need to start fresh and wash almost every Phil memory clean of their organization. As for the Melo situation, well it looks like Melo won the waiting game, and will return to being the focal point of this team for the remainder of his contract since he seems to be adamant about staying in NY. As long as Melo is in New York this franchise will make no progress, especially with him eating up as much cap space that he is, so Phil is far from the only problem with this organization, although he did create many of the ongoing problems here in NY.
This was the first step in the right direction for the Knicks. Only thing is they need about 50 more of these type of steps to finally be where they want to be and that's at the pinnacle of basketball. People will continue to blame James Dolan for turning the Knicks into this horrendous basketball franchise, although the New York Rangers seem to be doing just fine under his watch. That's what makes it hard to tell if it's really his fault because the other team that plays at MSG has been pretty fucking good the last 15 years. Knicks are just an organization of dysfunction, always have been, always will be. Get used to it Knick fans, just because Jackson is gone doesn't mean all your problems are solved.