Now that Phil Jackson has taken a job with the New York Knicks, many expect a quick turnaround.
Jackson certainly see that possibility and realizes it starts on the defensive end.
“I think (Mike Woodson) has a philosophy,” Jackson told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York. “It’s worked for him in the past. It’s worked for him in Atlanta. The big thing is you’ve got to have players buy into it. They have to believe in it…I think one of the reasons why they’ve been successful in the last month-and-a-half, whatever this run has been, has been their defense has improved…Mike likes to switch with bigs a lot of times and ends up rotating from the other side of the court, trying to get bigs on bigs and smalls on smalls. You know, that’s his style. Players have to buy into it. That’s what coaching is about.”
The Knicks are 25th in the league in defensive rating (106.7).
Last season, when the Knicks won 54 games and earned a first round playoff series win over the Boston Celtics, they posted a defensive rating of 103.5, 15th best in the league.