With all of the controversy surrounding Phil Jackson, Kyle O'Quinn was not surprised the Knicks let go of the team president, he told the New York Post.
"It's tough to see anybody go, but I knew a change was going to be made,'' O'Quinn told Marc Berman of the Post. "We didn't know what. We knew something had to be done. That's what they chose to do. I wish Phil the best of course. In any organization, no matter who it is, you hate to see somebody go."
Jackson, who was open to trading both Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, had the final two years of his contract bought out by the Knicks after the two sides mutually agreed to part ways. O'Quinn had a feeling something would happen, but thought the feuds between Jackson and the team's players was overblown.
"You could just sense it," O'Quinn said. "We had a great team last year and things -- the media, you blew things up a bit. I think the only way to get that negative stuff out is something had to be done. Not saying Phil was negative, but something had to be done to let the situation be at ease.''
The 6-foot-10 center/power forward averaged 6.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last year.