Former Knicks president Phil Jackson had a French vision last summer with point guard George Hill in the middle of it. According to an NBA source, if Jackson wasn’t ousted, Hill would now be the mentor for rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina. Not Jarrett Jack. Not Ramon Sessions. According to the source, Jackson envisioned Hill being the type of cerebral guard to master the triangle offense and serve as a solid example for Ntilikina, whom the Zen Master tabbed eighth in the draft in June. The source said Hill was ready to talk contract terms on July 1, interested in the New York assignment. Hill is friends with Knicks veterans Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah. After Jackson was fired, then-general manager Steve Mills ran the show on an interim basis before his permanent promotion and he set forth a different, younger agenda. Although Mills monitored the Hill sweepstakes, the Knicks wound up using their cap space on 25-year-old swingman Tim Hardaway Jr., who was not on Jackson’s radar. Jackson shipped Hardaway to Atlanta on draft night in 2015 for the rights to Jerian Grant, who no longer is with the organization. Jackson never saw Hardaway as a fit for the triangle or a stout defender. As it played out, Hill wound up in Sacramento, signing July 4 as a mentor for former Kentucky point-guard stud De’Aaron Fox.
This is what Knicks would’ve looked like if Phil Jackson stayed
New York Post | Nov 10