Report: Phil Jackson Upset With Knicks Conditioning

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The New York Knicks are about to undergo a major overhaul and it could affect more than just the coaching staff.  ESPN New York’s Ian Begley is reporting that Knicks President Phil Jackson was extremely disappointed in the Knicks overall conditioning as a team.

Jackson told his players to expect personnel changes this summer and he reportedly also expects them to return in much better shape as well.

According to an NBA source, Jackson has talked recently about his disappointment in some of the Knicks’ conditioning — or lack thereof — this year.

New York got off to a slow start this season and never really recovered. Some analysts pointed out that players didn’t come to training camp in proper shape, which led to the early-season struggles.

It’s unclear which players Jackson was talking about when he mentioned a lack of conditioning.

J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were coming off of offseason surgery and Mike Woodson mentioned that Shumpert was dealing with minor injuries throughout camp, which may have hindered him early on.

Jackson’s unhappiness over conditioning may lead to changes among the team’s medical and training staff next season.

 

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