Mark Jackson: Phil Jackson has been ‘a failure’ handling Knicks, Carmelo Anthony

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Phil Jackson took over as the Knicks’ president in 2014 and in the three seasons since, New York has gone 80-166 (.325). His decisions as an executive clearly haven’t worked out, and that’s why former NBA coach Mark Jackson had some harsh words for Jackson.

Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, the ABC/ESPN commentator began by offering praise for the coaching legend, but quickly turned to criticism. A New York native and former Knicks guard, Jackson, the commentator, has some emotional ties to the team.

In addition to brokering trades that bolstered Detroit’s roster, Trader Jack was also savvy in the draft. He picked Thomas second overall in the 1981 draft and took fellow Basketball Hall of Famer Joe Dumars in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft. He picked John Salley 11th overall in 1986 and then took a chance on a little-known prospect named Dennis Rodman in the second round of the ’86 draft.

Perhaps the best move McCloskey made during his time with the Pistons was hiring Chuck Daly in 1983 as the team’s coach. Daly was able to harness the talent McCloskey acquired and set franchise records with 467 regular-season victories and 71 playoff wins.

The Pistons honored McCloskey and his teams’ successes with a ceremony in 2008 when a banner with his name was raised to the rafters.
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McCloskey later served in the front office of the Timberwolves from 1992-95 and was then in the Raptors office in 2004 on an interim basis.

The McCloskey family announced last month that Alzheimer’s disease had stricken its patriarch. He and his wife, Leslie, had a son, Mike, and daughter, Molly, who has become a best-selling author.

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