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Whatever debate there has been about Phil Jackson’s capacity to institute a culture change is over. He did it to a greater degree than anybody could have foreseen.
J.R. Smith has seen the light.
“Trying to think about the rest of the group over myself or my scoring is something which I never really had to do before,” Smith told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I’ve been in a situation to score, [now I’m] able to take my time and allow the game come and let my teammates succeed more than myself, I believe that is the ultimate win.”
As the year progresses personal transformations from the preseason have a means of reversing themselves, but for now, it seems Jackson has performed magic.
Getting Smith to purchase into the equal-opportunity tenets of the triangle offense is enormous, and everything then –figuring out how to coax defense out of a frontcourt rotation between Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire, compelling James Dolan to keep kazoos out of the locker room–must be cake.
The Knicks are not so far removed from a year in 2012-13. Jackson’s influence ought to help them get closer to that total compared to 37 wins last season was amassed by them.
Don’t expect a championship chase–not until the contracts on the books slough off in 2015 and Carmelo Anthony understands some real assistance.
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