New York Knicks President Phil Jackson said it would be “like talking crazy” to predict a championship next season, especially since the Knicks are coming off a franchise-worst 17-65 mark in his first year with the club.
Jackson acknowledged the 2014-15 season was a tough one for players and fans, but in an end-of-season news conference with reporters Monday stressed that coach Derek Fisher and his staff had succeeded in instilling a team-first concept.
“It was difficult for me to go to games, and I know how it is for our fans corps, people who have put out money to provide season tickets for themselves,” he said.
The Knicks have about a 20 percent chance of getting the top pick in the NBA draft, and Jackson said it would be “questionable” that he’d trade away the pick if it lands in the top four in the May 19 draft lottery. If the Knicks get the fifth selection, a trade might be more possible, he said.
“The reality is that we want to grow a star through this system that will be here for 15 years,” he said, pointing out that the Knicks drafted Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing with the first overall pick in 1985 and he went on to 15 seasons in New York. “We’re certainly not going to walk away from a situation like that.”