Phil Jackson and the Knicks are running a clinic on how to alienate your team’s potential franchise superstar. No one in the organization has had contact with Kristaps Porzingis since he no-showed his end of the year exit interview with the team. Here’s the latest on the fiasco up I-95 in New York:
As their relationship with Kristaps Porzingis sits on rocky terrain, the Knicks made a curious decision to not renew the contract of popular assistant Josh Longstaff, the Daily News has learned.
Longstaff was one of the few remaining holdovers of Derek Fisher's original staff, but more importantly he developed a connection with multiple current players -- most notably Porzingis -- and went overseas last year to help train the Latvian forward. Porzingis had even requested that Longstaff serve as an assistant on his Latvian national team this summer for the European championships, as the News previously reported.
The reasons for cutting ties with Longstaff are unclear, but a member of the organization called him the hardest-working on the staff. It's worth noting the Knicks are moving forward with a heavy focus on the triangle at all levels of the organization, including Longstaff's former role in player development.
What the hell are they doing? Jackson’s commitment to the triangle has been criticized ad nauseam, but how does he think his makes any sense? For a guy who had been so progressive in managing the personalities of modern, volitive superstars from Michael Jordan to Shaquille O’Neal to Kobe Bryant, how does he possess exactly zero foresight to see that there’s no place for the triangle in today’s NBA?
He’s doing this while pissing off Porzingis at every turn. A scenario where Porzingis forgoes signing an extension and accepts a qualifying offer to reach unrestricted free agency after five seasons of service isn’t out of the question, right? He’d be the first star to do that. I’m here for it too.
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