When New York Knicksowner James Dolan handed the general managing reins over to Phil Jackson in March 2014, he hoped to win over the long-suffering fan base with a top-line, proven basketball mind. Ironically, he may accomplish that goal today by scuttling Jackson out of town.
Dolan did not get a great return on his investment judged on the balance sheet. Or the box scores. Or the overall mental health of the paying customers.
The Knicks went 90-171 (.344) during Jackson’s tenure, which is not good. There were no playoff appearances to assuage a franchise that’s advanced past the first round of the playoffs once this century. Very basic math yields the startling realization the Zen Master earned $666,666 per regular-season victory. Would that we could all find such rewarding work.
666,666 the mark of a beastly deal.