Though he opted not to coach under him, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr defended ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson's tenure in New York.
"It's a hard league, man," Kerr told reporters on Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News' Peter Botte. "Things really have to fall (in your favor), you have to do a good job. But you also have to get some luck. Phil knows that better than anybody. You can be really lucky and inherit Michael Jordan, and you can also be unlucky and things don't go your way."
Kerr passed up an opportunity to become Knicks head coach in 2014 when Jackson was president, instead joining the Warriors, where he has won NBA titles in two of the past three seasons.
Jackson was fired as team president this past summer, going 80-166 during his reign as team president, one that was filled with controversey with the media and players, notably Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
Though the Knicks have struggled the past three seasons, they have gotten off to a hot start, winning 10 of their first 17 games to start the season without Anthony. Despite the fact Jackson is not with the team, Kerr gave him credit for bringing players like Porzingis, who has emerged as an early MVP candidate this season, and Frank Ntilikina to New York.
"I felt bad for the way things ended," Kerr said, according to Newsday's Anthony Rieber. "I think Phil did some good things here. Drafting Porzingis and hiring Jeff Hornacek. I think Ntilikina looks like a good player. It feels like they're on a good path right now."