In case Knicks fans were worried that things weren’t going the way they thought it would when the team hired Phil Jackson, there is now no need to worry.
It’s all part of the plan.
That was (kind of) the message Phil Jackson gave season-ticket holders in a video and letter on Tuesday. Phil addressed the ‘patience’ fans have shown this season, while assuring them that a brighter future is coming.
He pointed to moves that were made in order to free up cap space as a big reason for optimism heading into the offseason. Oh yeah, there’s that draft pick sitting there as well.
“We have made key roster moves to free up significant cap space that will provide us greater flexibility to acquire talent in this summer’s free agency,” Jackson said. “And for the first time in many years, we expect to have a top pick in the NBA Draft this June. These are key steps to building a roster of players that have both the talent and character to win in New York and who, alongside Carmelo Anthony, will become a team that can become a consistent winner.”
Whether or not free agents will actually be attracted to New York is another issue. Speculation surfaced that the Knicks could trade their draft pick for an already-established veteran. The mention of the draft pick suggests that they’ll keep the pick.
It’ll all lead to better things, Jackson assured.
“We have a clear plan and expect our efforts to take really take shape as we enter the 2015 draft and free agency in the months ahead,” Jackson said in the video. “I ask that you remain optimistic and hope you will join us on our continued journey as we build a team that once again reflects the spirit of being a New York Knick.”