NBA Coach Hiring and Firing Grades

Knicks Fire GM Phil Jackson: A+ Grade
Phil Jackson officially "stepped down," but considering that Knicks owner James Dolan was reportedly considering firing him, let's just call it that. Jackson, who was hired in March 2014, guided the Knicks to an abysmal 80-166 record following his first offseason.

Jackson was atrocious as a general manager, which shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone. Jackson was great at winning championships as a head coach as long as he was presiding over the two best players in the NBA, but that didn't mean he could sign and draft players effectively. It would be like asking a world-class veterinarian to perform open-heart surgery on a human. The two are somewhat related, but not really. And Jackson certainly did not heal his patient.

The one good thing Jackson did as general manager was draft Kristaps Porzingis. However, he undid everything when he threatened to trade Porzingis due to some stupid missed exit interview. Jackson did other poor things, re-signing Carmelo Anthony to a ridiculous deal and also wasting lots of cash on the washed-up Joakim Noah. Furthermore, there were reports that Jackson fell asleep during workout sessions.

This is a no-brainer A+. Jackson had to go, and the Knicks will be better without him.

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