And what sounds like the back door hitting fired Knicks coach Mike Woodson on the way out, new Knicks president Phil Jackson revealed that several players during their exit interviews told him the club didn't play as a team this season and relied solely on its talent, reported the N.Y. Post.
The Knicks finished 37-45 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10. During his 24-minute press conference Wednesday, Jackson didnt mention Woodsons name once but the Zen Master's comments put the team's failures pretty much on the former coach's shoulders.
One of the messages from the players was that it was a very talented team, Jackson said. They had to have a lot of games where they forced their talent on opposing teams rather than playing with freedom to make things easy. All the wins were hard to get. They were winning with talent and not with team play, which I thought was an accurate statement.
I think the talents there, Jackson added. How to blend it together is a coaching decision and a personnel decision.
That last sound you heard was the door slamming shut.