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BOSTON — The New York Knicks bringing Phil Jackson aboard shows just how disappointing - or desperate - they are to turn things around in New York.
Or at the very least, gives the appearance that's what they're trying to do.
No matter how good your Xs and Os are, success comes down to having two things: talent and players willing to sacrifice for what's best for the team.
When the Boston Celtics won it all in 2008, they did so with a Big Three of players that put their own personal agendas to the back-burner with one goal - to win it all.
The Miami Heat are back-to-back champs and have benefited from a similar mindset in their evolution.
All the teams that continue to stay among the title-contending breed, they too possess these traits but in varying quantities, obviously.
Jackson's arrival should help New York along those lines.
"You can always use Phil Jackson's insight, or whatever," Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters before scoring a game-high 34 points in leading the Knicks to a decisive win over Boston on Wednesday. "His (Jackson) philosophy, his mindset, his resume, what he brings to the game, what he brings to the team, to the organization. That goes without even saying, so we'll see how that plays out. It's different now if he's in the front office, rather than coaching. It's a big difference."
While Jackson's role may be different, his understanding of what it takes to win remains the same.
Even with a five game winning streak, the Knicks are still a bad team with no shot at a title this season, or anytime soon based on the course they're on now.
That's where Jackson comes in.
HIs job is to make this franchise relevant in a way that extends beyond injuries, inconsistent play and inept management.
Otherwise, they'll continue to falter from a playoff team into one that's just pitiful.
Speaking of bad teams, here's our latest NBA power rankings with very little movement at the bottom with a decent amount of shuffling near the top.