In the latest installment of "The Phil Files" for ESPN, the Knicks president told Charley Rosen that Andrea Bargnani was "a tease" and that he refused to take part in basic non-contract drills while he was injured.
"When he was on the court, he had a hard time staying intense, didn't hustle back in offense-to-defense transition, wasn't active enough in defending screen-rolls," Jackson said about Bargnani.
The Zen Master also was quick to critique Shane Larkin. Despite saying Larkin did improve throughout the season, Jackson had two criticisms of the point guard.
"He's incredibly quick but he doesn't use his speed the way he should," Jackson said of Larkin. "Another problem is that he can't control the ball because he has such tiny hands."
I know that Bargnani and Larkin are reclamation projects, but is it just me for has Jackson's stock drastically fallen during his tenure in New York? Every one of these installments reads like a grandfather musing about the deficiencies of his favorite team.
Forget about the fact that Jackson is the one who assembled the often hilariously bad Knicks squad from a year ago, but the Knicks couldn't get out of their own way in free agency when they had nothing but cap space. So you'll have to excuse me if I'm not quick to rush to judgement on either of these players solely based on Phil's critiques.
Will Bargnani and Larkin light the world on fire? Probably not. But if they're not relied on to be main pieces and they're motivated, who's to say they won't be decent role players?