Phil Jackson is having his first Knicks training camp as President of the team. It’s a strange feeling for him since he’s usually the coach when he’s involved with an NBA team. The New York Post mentioned he’s had to resist the urge to interfere during Knicks practice. Via Marc Berman:
With the Knicks breaking training camp at West Point on Friday, Jackson managed to get through it without once interrupting Derek Fisher’s practices with his own lecture.
“Sitting there a couple of hours, you attentively stay in tune with what’s going on out there,’’ Jackson said. “But there are times you want to get up and want to say something and you resist. Let them feel their way out there.”
Did he fight the urge?
“I didn’t fight it,’’ Jackson said. “At times I actually got up. I just got up and walked it out [without talking].’’
It’s gotta be really tough for Phil Jackson. He has his protégé, Derek Fisher, manning the sidelines and I’m sure he’s had to bite his tongue the entire time. But he’s letting Fisher be his own man and pave his own way. That’s some restraint from the basketball lifer.
We’ll see throughout the season how the 13-time NBA champion (11 as coach, two as a player) resists that urge.
Phil Jackson image courtesy of Getty Images.