In all of the looks we’ve taken at the language of tanking — specifically around Phil Jackson’s Knicks — we’ve heard Jackson call his Knicks a “failure” as he was praised for a “superior tank.” But maybe Jackson should have stopped at the failure line.
In Sam Hinkie’s post-presser interview with Mike Missanelli, Mikey Miss tried to get Hinkie to comment on specific players. In response, Hinkie told Miss that there were entire floors in New York pouring through transcripts, looking for GMs and team officials mentioning college players and levying fines. You might think he was a bit paranoid, but Jackson knows he wasn’t.
According to the basketball whisperer Adrian Wojnarowski, Jackson is likely to face a fine from the league for calling Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell a “great-looking kid,” and a “great prospect.” It’s the latest goof is a season full of them for the Sixers’ partner-in-tank, and hopefully they get some bad lottery karma too, because I want D’Angelo Russell.