Scottie Pippen: Phil Jackson can turn NY Knicks around


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Former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen believes his former coach Phil Jackson will be able to turn around the awful situation that the NY Knicks are currently in.

Despite that Pippen’s ex-teammate Steve Kerr has recently turned down the Knicks’ offer for head coaching job, Pippen remains optimistic about Jackson and the Knicks.

“I was a little bit surprised,’’ Pippen said of Kerr not taking the Knicks job.

“I thought the familiarity working with Phil, able to run the offense, having Phil there to mentor him as much as possible, made it a bit of a surprise. I think at the end of the day, Golden State is probably the better team. They have a lot more upside,” he said, NY Post reported.

Pippen won six NBA titles with the Bulls. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and now serves as special adviser to the Bulls’ president and CEO.

In 1996, he was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. In his NBA career, Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Portland TrailBlazers. Pippen played in a total of 1178 NBA games (1053 started), averaging 16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 5.2 apg in 34.9 minutes per game.

“I think he’s a great guy and will make a great coach,’’ Pippen added. “He’s one of the few teammates I still stay in touch with. He has a great personality. He’ll be great in coaching.’’

Pippen wouldn’t be shocked to see Jackson coach again.

“Phil pretty much has a license to do what he wants right now,’’ Pippen said. “Will he do it? Not sure. It’s going to take some time to see his work, but he’s a guy who can turn it around.’’

NY Post reported citing two sources that Phil Jackson is not yet thinking of going back to the bench after the Kerr rejection. His health issues are legitimate despite fiancée Jeanie Buss recently urging him to go back to the bench.

Not only does Jackson need a second knee replacement surgery eventually, but he’s dealt with prostate cancer and still takes medication for a heart ailment.


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