Days after trading away two of the team's best players and getting little in return, Jackson asked fans not to blame coach
The Knicks fell to an
"In anticipating that we were going to be better, that we were giving hope to our fans that maybe there was a possible playoff opportunity here, that goes on me," Jackson said.
"That we have to now take responsibility and move forward and make things happen, that also goes on me and now I have to do the job that I was brought in to do."
Jackson had said before his first full season as the team's president of basketball operations that he thought the Knicks were capable of contending for a playoff spot, but now says that "they obviously weren't."
But Jackson, part of two championship teams with the Knicks as a player and a title-winning coach with the Lakers and
"We're going through this period of time and for some of the people that have been fans of this team have told me many times that there's been this impression that maybe the team should blow it up and should start over again and it's never happened," Jackson said. "It's always been going after the next big star.
"We kept searching for the big star to change our fortunes which has never happened in the last 45 years or so, so reality is that this is probably the best way to go about the business and to begin and to restart and do it the right way and put it together in a way that really makes sense."
Jackson traded guards
He acknowledged making the wrong decisions on the team he put together this season, though he was hamstrung for financial reasons. He may not be done making moves, saying the Knicks could be active at next month's trade deadline.
"I just think that no one should be surprised in what we do from here on out," Jackson said.
The trade also would send guard
The trade is expected to provide more offense for Memphis, which is in a tight race for the Southwest Division lead. The Grizzlies (25-11) were leading the division until losing at New Orleans on Friday night, marking Memphis' sixth loss in 10 games.
More bad news for Bulls point guard
Rose scored 19 points in Chicago's 102-86 loss at Washington on Friday night. Rose, who missed much of the previous 2 1/2 seasons with knee injuries, had played in the Bulls' last 11 games.
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