You gotta feel for Knicks fans.
Yesterday afternoon rumors were swirling that the New York Knicks were entertaining trade offers for their 7'3, 21-year old star player, Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis, who skipped an exit meeting with the dysfunctional team, reportedly has not been in contact with the organization since the end of the season, adding even more fuel to the fire.
But Phil Jackson couldn't really be serious about trading away the one good thing he has done since taking the job in New York, right? Wrong.
In typical Knicks fashion, Phil Jackson confirmed the Porzingis trade rumors last night, citing the exit interview Kristaps missed, in an interview with MSG's Al Trautwig.
"We're getting calls. As much as we value Kristaps and what he's done for us, when a guy doesn't show up for an exit meeting, everybody starts speculating on the duration or movability from a club."
"The future, you know, what it brings," Jackson said. "Does it bring us two starters and a draft pick or something that's even beyond that? [That's] something we have to look at as far as going down the road. We know what he is. He's a unicorn, and he's special."
Leading into tonight's NBA Draft there's no telling what Phil Jackson might do.
Check out what the voices of #NBATwitter had to say about the Zen Master's comments about Porzingis below.
This is insane. https://t.co/ypKDuv2EwJ— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) June 22, 2017
Phil Jackson, asked what he'd say to skittish Knicks fans: "I think we know what we're doing."— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 22, 2017
Phil Jackson got CTE. Either that or he's been cloned. pic.twitter.com/ZL5LjF0PDb— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) June 22, 2017
Kristaps Porzingis skips out on a meeting: "Bad seed, must be traded!"— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) June 22, 2017
Derrick Rose skips out on an actual game: "Boys will be boys."
On a certain level, the Knicks are the most entertaining team in the NBA and have been for 17 years.— kyle wagner (@kylenw) June 22, 2017
On every other level, I want to die.
[crowds mob trader joe's wine aisle for molotov cocktails] https://t.co/ztFZa0AvOq— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) June 22, 2017
OUR PETS HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!!! https://t.co/Vi5IXFVljy— Jerry Ferrara (@jerryferrara) June 22, 2017
FIRE PHIL— Desus Nice (@desusnice) June 22, 2017
We don't care about Exit meetings in Philly... you're welcome to join— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 22, 2017
If your gonna talk that trade Porzingis shit do it during work hours.— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) June 22, 2017
Motherfuckers are trying to settle down for bed time
Updated #Knicks fans most-hated people power rankings:— Brian Flood (@briansflood) June 22, 2017
2 Current Phil Jackson
3 Reggie Miller
5 Bulls coach Phil Jackson
Kristaps Porzingis is the future. Phil Jackson is the past. With no future as a basketball executive.— Mike Lupica (@MikeLupica) June 22, 2017
If Phil Jackson is Michael Scott, does that make KP... Toby?? pic.twitter.com/TDt4Ewcc15— The Ringer (@ringer) June 22, 2017
It is beyond astounding that it is completely unsurprising that the Knicks might actually do this ludicrous thing.— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) June 22, 2017
Phil Jackson: "we're listening to trade offers for Kristaps Porzingis"— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) June 22, 2017
I didn't think it was possible but Phil Jackson completely ruined his legacy.— Ronnie Fieg (@RonnieFieg) June 22, 2017
Phil Jackson.... pic.twitter.com/LTSEUb1AVe— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) June 22, 2017
If Phil Jackson ends up trading Kristaps Porzingis, his punishment needs to be to be locked up in a room while Stephen A Smith yells at him.— NonStopHoops (@NonStopHoops) June 22, 2017
The only exit meeting Phil Jackson should be concerned with is his own.— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) June 22, 2017
Nobody can convince me Phil Jackson isn't a mole sent to destroy the organization from within.— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) June 22, 2017
Live look at Phil Jackson's control on the Knicks pic.twitter.com/WPZloEmdN9— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 22, 2017
FWIW: Phil said he didn't think a player ever skipped an exit meeting on him before. Shaq did in 2004, per this: https://t.co/0wQzKgC2Kz— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 22, 2017