Despite seeing his role reduced over the past several weeks, Knicks point guard Jarrett Jack said he turned down multiple offers to potential NBA playoff contenders.
"The situations that came my way, I could've went," Jack said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "I definitely could've went to a couple of situations. As far as making sense personally, I didn't see the benefit. Playoff teams are usually secure with their guards."
Jack, who has not played since Feb. 14, has only played three times since the Knicks acquired Emmanuel Mudiay from the Denver Nuggets, as the team has given younger point guards Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke more playing time.
But the 34-year-old NBA veteran, who has started 56 of the 57 games he appeared in, said he is embracing tutoring the younger players on New York's roster.
"I'm not miserable,'' Jack said. "There are things that are a lot worse. I remember when I was hurt, playing for nobody, sitting on the couch. I would've given anything to be in the uniform.
"I don't think people really understand how tough it is to be thrown into an entirely new situation on the fly, when you're the one who controls everything. A call we might have here might mean something totally different than what [Mudiay is] used to the past three years at Denver. Trying to direct people, possibly fully sure of the playbook. He's only been [starting] nine games. I know my first nine games I didn't have the playbook down. Trying to do it in a fast-paced game like basketball, it's not like football, where you get to huddle up every time and say, 'Do this.'"
Jack said he turned down offers from two teams at the March 1 waiver deadline that would have made him playoff-eligible, according to Berman, however he decided to stay with New York, which has lost 17 of its last 18 games.
"There were teams that called but the situation they presented, it didn't make sense for me to go," Jack said. "And I had never been one to think about leaving a squad to go to a better situation. With those two hand in hand, that was my decision."