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Magic Advises Phil Jackson To Follow Path Of Jerry West and Pat Riley Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="248"] Now that Phil Jackson is the new face of the New York Knicks franchise, Lakers legend Magic Johnson has a word of advice for the form [new_royalslider id="248"] Now that Phil Jackson is the new face of the New York Knicks franchise, Lakers legend Magic Johnson has a word of advice for the form Rating: 0
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Magic Advises Phil Jackson To Follow Path Of Jerry West and Pat Riley

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Now that Phil Jackson is the new face of the New York Knicks franchise, Lakers legend Magic Johnson has a word of advice for the former head coach. Magic took to Twitter on Tuesday and tweeted the following about a few other Lakers legends that took the same path he’s taking:

Magic went on to explain how West and Riley set the standard for the path that Jackson is taking with the Knicks via Twitter:

Everywhere Jackson has been throughout his NBA career, he’s been a success. Although not the most talented player, Jackson won two titles with the Knicks back in the 1970′s.

During his time with the Chicago Bulls, Jackson called the shots and helped implement the Triangle Offense, leading Michael Jordan and company to win six titles in the Windy City.

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As if winning a total of eight rings as a player and a head coach wasn’t impressive enough, Jackson was able to implement the same offense in Los Angeles with the Lakers winning five more rings. His success in Los Angeles brings his grand total of 13 championships won while being regarded as arguably the greatest head coach in NBA history and possibly in professional sports in this country.

Needless to say, Jackson has nothing to prove moving forward, but will be faced with a different challenge entirely as the member of the Knicks’ front office. The current state of the Knicks is about as bad as it gets with a superstar in Carmelo Anthony potentially leaving in the off-season and little room for changes due to the salary cap and lack of draft picks.
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  • Zimmeredge

    Pat Riley and Jerry West were both outstanding gm. they have the flair to find players. phil jackson is not that kind of guy and never was. he was an outstanding coach. i don’t that scouting mentality in him. you give him talented players. makes them play and win.
    in nyk he will a label on the forefront. he won’t be free.
    poor magic. probably my fav player but since he left bball he’s a poor analyst.

    • independentbynature

      I wish I was as “poor” as Magic.

      • Zimmeredge

        me too… but a lot of what he is telling is either untrue, unrealistic or just bs…

        • independentbynature

          He’s not the greatest analyst,but he was right on about Jimmy Buss being incompetent.

          • Zimmeredge

            jim buss is not being incompetent… he tried to get together a hof team to compete against the heat it didn’t work that’s all. now he has to work in conjunction with the new cba… magic seems to not understand that. the lakers can’t spend the cash like they did in the past. those days of money power are over. we have to think.
            magic wanted jim to behave old school but you can’t behave old school. he wanted phil. he wanted kobe (but kobe is not dominant anymore) he wanted gasol…. he wants the past… Magic has no vision over the future. he has narrow, short term vision about the franchise. if Magic was a bball owner he would destroy a team season in and out if they do not compete for trophies. truth is that you can’t always win and sometimes you have to learn to loose to learn to win.
            so you either put all in this summer for kobe but you do not have any clue on kobe’s level or if it’s going to workout. absolutly no certainty to win. all in all it’s a waste of time and money.
            OR the lakers rebuild, think ahead, after kobe’s era and about the future. if kobe’s lucky, in good shape and our trade, draft and fa stuff goes great then he will have a title shot in 15-16.
            the simple fact that we will have steve nash for one final year makes it impossible to build up a championship team for 14-15.

          • independentbynature

            Hiring Mike Brown was a mistake.Hiring Antoni instead of PJ. to coach Howard,was incompetence of the highest magnitude.That mistake blew up everything.”Old school,” is for winners.And,much as I like Kobe,he over-paid him.Jimmy,is a buffoon.

          • Daryl Peek

            Didn’t Phil say Dr. Buss chose D’Antoni? Didn’t Dr. Buss lay the foundation of Phil not being a part of the Lakers future in his will? Didn’t Jeanie confirm this in saying “we must go forward in Dr. Buss’s plan” ? Didn’t Jeanie show this to be true in not fighting for a coup when Magic, Kobe and all the ESPN pundits were feverishly clamoring for it?

            Kobe was over paid. But that investment was more than just what can you do for us on the court structured. Ticket sales is what they paid for. I’m not against old school at all but no one is bigger than the Lakers brand and no team in sports history always wins. Patience’s is a virtue. Lakers Nation had it in the 90′s. Old School is all about patience’s as anything worth having cannot be rushed before it’s ready.

          • independentbynature

            How would Phil know that?He wasn’t there when they made the decision.It was Kupchak who called him in the middle of the night to tell him Antoni was chosen.You are really out there with this paranoid coup stuff.Jimmy’s incompetence is not a virtue,but it is a fact.Not even you can justify it.Though it’s a certainty that you will keep trying.I don’t know who you’re trying to convince,Daryl.Sorry,but it will never be me.LOL.Let’s just agree to hope for the best for the Lakers.

          • Daryl Peek

            Why would Phil say that if he did not know? Jeanie is his lady and she knows what he father wishes were. The paranoid stuff is all of the worshipers that were afraid to lose the chosen one. I know I can’t change your view. I don’t expect to but I’ll keep debating misinformation as I see it.

            I can roll for the best for the future of the Lakers. I just hope you’re around when the ship straightens up under Jimmy watch next season. *looking*

          • independentbynature

            Well,I sure hope I’m around too,Daryl.So many times I could of not been.But then,that’s up to God,not you or me.I no longer live in a danger zone,so my odds are pretty good.And I’ve been “looking,”while you’ve yet to start.I’m hoping the Lakers can win in spite of Jimmy.Perhaps he will listen to Kupchak.You seem to have some “worshiping”issues of your own,Daryl.I wouldn’t go there if I were you.Could Phil be trying to keep family peace?Doesn’t seem likely if he’s attempting a “coup,”does it?You’re not debating,Daryl.You’re crusading.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m crusading just as most are in Jimmy bashing. I support the Lakers as a fan. I believe in what Dr. Buss wanted for the franchise and Phil was not it long term. My main point is nothing last forever in sports and the Phil gawking is tired. I’m not saying Phil was involved in the coup mentality but Magic, Kobe and most clamoring for Phil were. I’m far from worshiping a man in this world.

            Congrats on the blessing of being out of harms way man.

          • independentbynature

            I’ll give you this,Daryl.You are consistent.Just keep in mind that those of us who don’t believe in Jimmy(us conspirators,LOL) are every bit as much a Lakers fan as you are.And thanks for the congrats.

          • Zimmeredge

            the point is… now it’s no phil. kobe must be patient. no gasol and let’s move on. period. we will have to move on eventually? and so the sooner the better. phil could have coach the 2012 team but now with half a bryant and gasol i’m sure he even tried not to get back in LA.
            we a move on the triangle just like we had to move on the showtime. create something else. something different. better or not. kobe is basically done in the game. as i said if he is lucky and if all goes great he has a chance for 2015.

          • Daryl Peek

            There was so much that went on during and at the end of Showtime that would be considered incompetence if it happened in today’s quick trigger blame game atmosphere. Dr. Buss and West made plenty of mistakes that were costly. The end of Showtime was much like this era triangle ending with the exception of the extended holding on.

            The early 90′s was an extension of the so called inept/incompetence as Dunlevy was allowed to become the Bucks HC/GM after only being one season removed from a finals appearance. Then there was Pfund, the worst coaching hire of the Dr. Buss era. No need to elaborate on his shenanigans from 92-94. The one thing I will say is Del Harris took basically the same team and turned them into the Late Show immediately. Cedric Ceballos was the only addition to the team.

            People (Magic included) want to call Jimmy out for the bad moves as they’re stepping on the ledge with all the gloom and doom but don’t want to acknowledge his working closely with Mitch and his dad through all of the success of the Lakers Show? Jimmy has spent tireless hours working with Mitch scouting and dealing in free agency. Most of Phil’s reloads the second time around were the Jimmy and Mitch collaboration.

            Don’t get me started on Phil and some of his incompetent personnel requests that both Jimmy and Mitch abided in. Remember Kwame Brown? That was Phil’s doing. He wanted Kwame, so the FO traded away Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins for Brown and Laron Profit. Butler and Atkins were pretty good players. That could’ve helped that team. Atkins would have been a nice compliment to Kobe as our starting PG and Butler would’ve been a much better SF option with his gritty defense and then burgeoning offensive skills.

            Then there was the Sasha Joe Smith trade. Smith never got consistent PT much like Kaman and Hill, and that was a Phil big man request to help fill in for Bynum and Theo Ratlif.. Theo was another Phil big request. Ratlif was the same as Nash as he could not stay healthy.

            I can cite so many situations over the years that were so called bad moves not spearheaded by Jimmy. I find it comical how most have such selective short term memories? There will always be hits and misses, ups and downs. Without patience’s the misses can become overwhelming as there is no chance to learn from them if you listen to the chatter. I’m glad Jimmy is ignoring all the hate.

            Bottom line, this time in Lakers history is just a repeat hiccup, the cycle of change is inevitable. We’ll be back on top sooner than the haters and Phil Jackson self loathing Lakers fan realize.

          • independentbynature

            Jimmy should just offer you a job running PR for him,Daryl.You are obsessed with defending his every blunder.You have and will never succeed,though.The job is too big even for a committed zealot like you.Give it up and find a new reason to live.Life is good.

          • Daryl Peek

            Life is good and the Lakers will be fine. None of what I layed out can be argued because it all happened but that’s of no consequence to the Phil worshipers who are butt hurt at this moment in time. This too shall pass…

          • independentbynature

            Better to worship success,13 rings,than failure,none,Daryl.You and Jimmy are the “butt hurt” ones.I hated using that phrase even in quotes.It’s just so trendy and immature.It too shall pass.And soon,I hope.

          • Daryl Peek

            Trendy and immature indeed, much like all of the Jimmy bashing therefore I find it fitting.

          • independentbynature

            On the contrary.The present trend is to excuse incompetence.A trend you are avidly following.Calling incompetence what it is,is what I find fitting.It fits Jimmy like a glove.Are you sure Daryl isn’t an alias for Jimmy?Just a thought.LOL.

          • Daryl Peek

            Trending is a majority theme. My stance is far from the twitter verse majority. As Dr. Buss said, you have to have thick skin because you will get pelted by the majority when things aren’t going well. Never mind them, if you believe in your plan (which is Dr. Buss’s will right now) keep pushing…

          • independentbynature

            Sorry,I don’t tweet.I told you,I’m old school.

          • Daryl Peek

            Hahaha! I’m pretty old myself but knowing what twitter is, is not a whipper snapper thing.

          • independentbynature

            I know what it is.I just don’t do it.

  • Matt Williams

    Phil during his playing years looks a lot like Pau.

    • Zimmeredge

      Pau Gasol will make an outstanding coach imo.

  • quickster007

    Phil Jackson will make this work. Why? he will try to prove to the Lakers that he should have been coaching the team after they get rid of Dantoni Jim Buss will be like Donald Sterling, the Clippers owner of twenty years ago. Incompetent and clueless. But, we will see what happen in this coming draft. If he draft Dante Exum all hope is not loss. We need a point guard to replace those injury prone guards like Nash, Farmar.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I actually think Phil Jackson will be very successful in the Knicks FO.But i also think that Mitch and Jim are going to turn heads with some of the moves they make in free agency it will be worth it all this losing once we draft a sensational young superstar that will become a multiple time All Star player.All the luck will now go in the Lakers favor hopefully once the off season starts.Lakers have a long withstanding history of winning a lot of games each season,i am banking on history.

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