Charley Rosen had an excellent piece on ESPN.com today (tip of the hat to alsep73 for the link) where he got Phil Jackson to post his candid views on each member of the Knicks’ roster, even players destined to only play in the D-League.
Here is the link.
It is a fascinating look at Jackson’s views on the players, because so much of it doesn’t remotely resemble the truth, so you figure that he’s BSing us but then he is extremely candid and on point on other things and you think “Or is he telling the truth?” He’s not exactly known for parsing his words, and yet his takes on a few of the Knicks just make no sense to anyone with even a modicum of insight (“Travis Outlaw is strictly a shooter, and a very good one.” Say whaaaaa? Travis “Career-high TS% of .541, career average TS% of .500” Outlaw? Or his odd statement that Tim Hardaway Jr. is six foot eight despite surely not looking like he is six foot eight. Here is a photo of Hardaway standing next to the six foot eight Melo.) so you then have to think he’s just choosing to hide his real opinions.
In other words, I guess we should take as much out of this as we take out of anything Melo ever says, which is to say nothing. Except, of course, when Jackson makes definitive statements, like the hilariously silly “Last season, Cole [Aldrich] played better the more he played. Right now, he’s our emergency center, who’ll probably get significant time only if somebody gets hurt or our other bigs suffer a plague of foul trouble.” Those two statements go very well together!