Let’s hope, for the sake of the sanity of New York Knicks fans, that this Jay Williams report from hours before the 2017 NBA Draft wasn’t referring to Frank Ntilikina, the French point guard team president Phil Jackson selected with the No. 8 overall pick in the draft.
According to Williams, a college basketball analyst for ESPN, Jackson took his whole Zen thing way too far while working out a potential draftee.
“A top-15 draft pick told me the other day, because we were involved in this conversation about Phil Jackson and the Knicks, and he said ‘Phil Jackson was falling in and out of sleep during my workout,'” Williams told ESPN’s Boy Ley.
— Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) June 22, 2017
According to Bergen Record reporter Steve Popper, whoever this anonymous player is (we’re guessing Luke Kennard based on his and Williams’ Duke connection), he isn’t the first to lodge this complaint.
I would not go down that venture. Not the first to say it.
— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) June 22, 2017
Jackson has spent much of his Knicks tenure actively alienating his players and, in turn, making the franchise an absolute last resort for hoopers who have a say in where they end up. So I suppose the indifference of a sleeping septuagenarian is an upgrade as the Knicks president of basketball operations.