The number of questions Phil Jackson will field on this disastrous season – and the uncertain future — will remain at zero.
At least that’s the current plan, according to the Knicks, who aren’t making anybody available to the media following the season. It’s a rare move, if not unprecedented, since it’s customary for teams of all sports to have their players and staff hold interviews after cleaning out lockers.
Jackson, who pushed for transparency when he took the job, hasn’t spoken to the New York media since September while declining multiple requests. He had previously spoken to the media during and after disappointing campaigns.
But not this one. His public messages have been limited to a couple handpicked interviews and cryptic tweets.
The Knicks are convening for exit interviews on Thursday, and Jackson’s sitdown with Carmelo Anthony holds the greatest intrigue following their contentious season.
Just don’t expect any answers.
Joakim Noah still hasn’t made a decision about surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff, but Knicks doctors have recommended he go under the knife, the team announced.
According to Jeff Hornacek, Noah initially hurt his shoulder in January and aggravated it while playing through the pain. An MRI this month revealed the injury worsened.
“If he’s going to have (surgery), we hope he does it right away so he can get in rehab,” said Hornacek, estimating Noah’s rehab will last five months, leaving the center available for training camp.
Noah is in the middle of a drug suspension and will automatically miss the first 12 games of next season. He also had knee surgery in February.
“He kept playing through (the shoulder injury),” Hornacek said. “My guess it every time he went for a rebound he would stretch through it and probably just continued to aggravate it.”