Three tumultuous years in, both sides are following through.
Sources familiar with the situation told ESPN that the Knicks and Jackson quietly picked up their option on the remaining two years of his contract this spring.
Jackson makes $12 million annually and seems to delegate a lot. It’s good money if you can get it. Why would Jackson leave this job — especially considering the Lakers are no longer the cushy landing spot many expected?
For Dolan, the choice is more vexing, though understandable. The Knicks have gone 80-166 and missed the playoffs in Jackson’s first three years, and the team is strapped to Joakim Noah‘s long-term contract. Jackson has alienated Carmelo Anthony and drawn backlash from the biggest stars — including Anthony — over using the word “posse” to describe those close to LeBron James. Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez provide hope, but there’s far more negative in New York.
So, what makes this decision understandable? Dolan makes bad decisions.