The old adage is that you can’t rebuild a franchise in New York. It’s a lie.
The fact that the Knicks have continued to pack Madison Square Garden over the last 15 years despite playing terrible basketball should prove that fans will stay loyal, especially if there is hope and a plan. The Mets, Rangers, and Yankees have all rebuilt to a certain extent over the last 20 years and the fans always eventually show up.
Unfortunately for Knicks fans, refusing to believe you can tear things down and build them back up is a lie that James Dolan believes. It’s the reason this team has embarked upon a series of quick fixes by trading future draft picks and young players, rather than letting a young team organically grow together into something. It’s why the Knicks are in the mess they’re in.
The only thing besides Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez that Knicks fans should truly be thankful to Phil Jackson for is his reluctance to trade future draft picks. It has given the Knicks a chance at a real future, despite his failures in the free agent and trade markets. Jackson has tried his best to win quickly here, but has still managed to finish with 32 or fewer wins and land in the bottom seven of the league, record-wise, for three straight seasons.
Jackson has been so bad at trying to make …
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