There is no way to get around the obvious. The finger of blame points at one person and one person only. It’s not James Dolan, who has had his issues as an owner both with fans and even ex-players. It’s not the head coach. It’s not the talent.
No longer can a portion of the blame be divided up like slice of a pie and handed out accordingly. For how things are now, the pie is dedicated to one person and one person only.
For all Jackson has done in his career, albeit alongside some of the greatest players to ever play the game (Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal), it no longer saves him. It no longer excuses his stubborn ego. It no longer buys him a “pass”.
The New York Knicks are a disaster and it all falls on Phil Jackson.
When the Knicks initially brought Jackson in, Jackson demanded his famous triangle offense would be put in place.
So, the Knicks built their team, their coaching staff and ran their offense in the image of Jackson, not a franchise player such as Carmelo Anthony and/or Kristaps Porzingis.
The New York Knicks built their team around their team president and that was what planted to seeds of failure for the Knicks.
But failure wasn’t all that Jackson brought to an organization that was already tired of it’s history of failure. Jackson brought humiliation to a franchise in desperate need of a new, solid foundation to hold it’s respected, celebrated and historic brand upon.
And that’s when Jackson’s ego continued to keep the Knicks drowning in it’s own pool of misery and ineptitude.
Jackson feuded with players such as Carmelo Anthony and despite clear signs that his system wasn’t working, Jackson refused to sit back in the role of team president, refused to let a coach do a coach’s job, refused to stop treating himself as the smartest man in the room at any time and refused to get out of his own way.
Jackson, drunk on his own legend, drunk on his own ego and his own self-infatuation, couldn’t except that fact that he was wrong, or that he could be.
And in typical Jackson fashion, and a blatant example of narcissism, Jackson re-directed blame and called out Carmelo Anthony, not himself, for the Knicks failures.
“We’ve not been able to win with [Anthony] on the court at this time,” Jackson said to the media on Friday. “I think the direction with our team is that he’s a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere where he can win or chase that championship.”
Jackson admitted that he told Anthony he may be better off accepting a trade.
“I just said that you haven’t won here. You don’t want to end up your career not winning,” Jackson said of his talks with Anthony. “This is not something that you want to have labeled on your career. You want to get to that territory where you have a chance to win. That’s — we talked around that. But he likes it here. He expressed that.”
But then came an ESPN report that said Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meetings with Knicks management due to frustration over what he perceives as the dysfunction and drama surrounding the organization.
Again, Jackson re-directed blame towards anyone but him.
I think there’s disconnect sometimes with this team, and I think there was some rebelliousness with this team that created some of the discord during the year,” Jackson said. “And I think [that] has to stop and that will stop.”
And when Jackson was asked if the Knicks were going to be open to move players on the roster.
“Everything has got to be possible, and we have to make sure that if people have something to say, we listen to it, we examine it,” Jackson said before complimenting Porzingis for his development this season.
At the end of the day the Knicks can make bold moves, trades and sign the big money free agents but it all seems destined, regardless of those moves, to succumb to the unwavering stubborn ego of Jackson, who can’t seem to fully embrace his executive role nor can he accept that it’s possible that he may not always be the smartest guy in the room.
And for that, the Knicks will be stuck swimming against the current in this river of constant misfortune.
Sports Reporter Suing Kings’ Luke Walton for Sexual Assault Allegations
Sacramento Kings new head coach Luke Walton is already in the news, but for all the wrong reasons, and he has hired attorney Mark Baute to defend him against the allegations of sexual battery made by sports reporter Kelly Tennant, who is suing Walton.
According to TMZ Sports, Walton and his legal team are blasting the accuser, and Baute issued the following statement;
“Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Baute said.
“The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, & her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”
According to the suit, Tennant, who worked as a reporter for Spectrum SportsNet and SportsNet LA, claims that while Walton was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, he asked her to come and meet him at the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, California, to drop off a book she had published.
Tennant says that she asked Walton to write the forward in her book due to a business relationship that the two had had for several years.
Upon arriving at Walton’s hote, he conviced her to come up to his room so that the two could “catch up” and upon arriving in his room Walton pinned her to the bed and placed his hips and legs over her body, forcing kisses on her neck, face, and chest.
Tennant claims that she screamed for him to stop and attempted to break free, but Walton held her down, groped her breasts and groin, and rubbed his erection on her leg.
Tennant claims she was “in shock and fear. She was afraid she was about to be raped,” the suit states.
Additionally, Tennant claims that when Walton finally stopped and released her he escorted her out of the hotel room as if nothing ever happened and she claims that “He smiled, laughed again and made the disturbing statement, ‘Good to see you,'”
The disturbing behavior allegedly continued while Walton was the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers back in May 2017, and Tennant claims that Walton once greeted her by uttering “vulgar, guttural sounds at her” and said, “mmmm … you’re killing me in that dress.”
The Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Sacramento Kings all stated that they had no knowledge of the alleged incident during Walton’s tenure.
NBA 2K League Announces Livestreaming Partnership with Twitch
Last week, the NBA 2K League officially announced a partnership with Twitch that makes the popular streaming platform the exclusive broadcaster for all league games.
Twitch now will be listed as the official livestreaming partner of the NBA 2K League, as well as one of the league’s founding partners, via the new deal.
Earlier in April, the NBA 2K League broadcasted it’s inaugural draft live on Twitch streams, an indicator that the two sides were working towards a more permanent working relationship.
The multi-year partnership deal includes all 199 potential games in the NBA 2K League season and the format includes weekly head to head matches, 3 regular season tournaments, a playoff bracket, and the finals.
Additionally, Twitch will assist in developing interactive custom overlays for use in the NBA 2K League broadcast, including other fan engagement initiatives and projects.
“This is a groundbreaking partnership for the NBA 2K League” NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue said.
“Twitch shares our innovative spirit and commitment to putting the gaming community first, and is the ideal home to provide our passionate 2K, NBA, and esports fans around the world with the opportunity to catch all the excitement of our inaugural season.”
Twith has been in the business of partnerships such as these, as they reportedly paid $90 million for the exclusive broadcast rights to the Overwatch League back in January of this year.
It also continues their separation from competitors such as Mixer streams, YouTube gaming, Facebook gaming, Caffeine Streams, and DLive streams, which is being aggressive to become more competitive in the streaming industry.
Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).
Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.
According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.
Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.
Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.
Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.
“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.
The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”
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