Phil Jackson Says the Knicks are ‘Not Ready for Showtime’

by October 30, 2014

In their season opener Wednesday night, the New York Knicks looked like, well, …, they looked like the Knicks.

The visiting Chicago Bulls ran over the Knickerbockers, in a demoralizing 24-point rout.

Team president Phil Jackson – who’s never shied away from ripping his squad in the press – pointed out that Carmelo Anthony, Derek Fisher and company are facing an uphill battle.

Per the NY Daily News:

With another daunting test awaiting them Thursday against LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland, the Knicks opened the Jax-Fisher era by flunking geometry in ugly fashion. They shot just 36.5% from the field − including 3-for-17 from three-point range − and were overmatched at both ends in a boo-filled 104-80 blowout loss to the Bulls in their season opener at the Garden.


“Not ready for Showtime, were we?” Jackson replied when asked for comment outside his waiting car after the game. “I can’t tell how long it will take.”


Still, Fisher, making his coaching debut following an accomplished 18-year playing career, and the Knicks continue to preach patience as they iron out the intricacies of the famed triangle offense and their new defensive principles. […] “I guess my assessment of tonight is we’re going somewhere, but at the beginning of where we’re going it’s going to be difficult to get wins,” Fisher said. “We have to fight really, really hard to win games. It won’t be because we’re executing perfectly or playing perfect defense. It will be because we’re working hard and playing with energy and effort.”