Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant believes the New York Knicks, who have the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference, should put their faith in team president Phil Jackson.
As the Knicks have lost 18 of their last 24 games and fired coach Derek Fisher last month, Jackson wants to stick with the same personnel that the Knicks already have, which include interim head coach Kurt Rambis, Carmelo Anthony and the triangle offense.
"The energy that I have is directed toward turning this team around and it's taken my full effort and so far it's been a challenge," Jackson said earlier this week. "So I'm still in it and I'm in it to win it so to speak."
While Jackson has won 11 NBA titles in his career, including five with Bryant and the Lakers, he has not had the same success with New York. The Knicks are 45-105 since the start of last season and don't have a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
"As a coach you obviously have more control over the outcome, to a certain extent," said Bryant, who has just 15 games left in his NBA career. "What he does now is really understanding the personnel. But that's no different than what he did as a coach. As a coach, he would have broke down the players, understood the players. That's the same thing he has to do as a GM."