NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, February 29, 2016, 10:30 PM
At this point it’s hard to determine if we should take Phil Jackson’s tweets as literal, satire or just the ramblings of the NBA’s version of Kanye West.
Next thing you know he’ll be interrupting Steph Curry’s MVP speech to declare, “I’mma let you finish, but Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf had one of the quickest releases of all time!”
A day after comparing (or apparently ‘just commenting on’) Curry to Rauf, Jackson backpedaled faster than a defender in front of the Golden State wunderkind.
And with just as much grace.
Phil Jackson doesn’t think putting Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in the same sentence with Stephen Curry is unusual company.
“How does commenting on Rauf mean I’m comparing him to Curry?” Jackson tweeted. “Remind, yes, quick release, cross over, Yep, MVP, nope. Get a grip!”
On Sunday, Jackson sent NBA fans into a tizzy when he juxtaposed Curry — who just a night earlier hit a game-winner against the Thunder from 32 feet — with the career of Rauf, who played nine seasons for three teams without making an All-Star game.
“Never seen anything like SCurry? Remind you of Chris Jackson/ Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who had a short but brilliant run in NBA?”
Reminding? Comparing? Just commenting? Lost in a Zen translation?
Jackson with his Triangle-Holier-Than-Thou philosophy had previously taken a veiled shot at the Warriors, when he jumped on their 2-1 deficit in last year’s Western Conference semis with this tweet: “NBA analysts give me some diagnostics on how 3pt oriented teams are faring this playoffs. …seriously, how’s it goink?”
The Warriors, of course, won the championship and 28 straight games to start this season, while Jackson’s team is at tire-fire status with 101 losses since the start of his tenure.
Because Jackson only spoke to the media once since the start of training camp and dedicated more tweets to his Curry comparison than the happenings of the Knicks, interim coach Kurt Rambis was asked Monday to speak for his boss and a team that has lost 14 of its last 17 games.
“Nobody’s happy about it. We’re all frustrated. Nobody in this organization is okay with where we’re at,” Rambis said. “We’re striving to do things better. We’re looking at personnel decisions. We’re looking forward to free agency. There’s a lot of basketball talk and communication is going on. But nobody is happy with where we’re at. We have to be better. We have to be better in a lot of areas.”
At least Rambis has a coherent take on Curry. No follow-up tweet necessary.
“He’s unique. I don’t think anyone could argue that,” Rambis said. “I think it’s unfair to every generation when you try to compare them because the rules have changed, the nature of the game has changed. I played with (Steph’s father) Dell Curry. He has a very similar shot. Dell didn’t have half the ball skills that Steph has and his ability to create his own shot. But Dell could get off his shot as quick as Steph can. But what Steph is doing is phenomenal. It really is.”