Lauri Markkanen didn’t enjoy his visit with former New York Knicks executive Phil Jackson prior to last year’s NBA Draft.
Chicago Bulls’ rookie Lauri Markkanen was very impressive during Wednesday night’s win over the New York Knicks as he scored 33 points.
With rumors of former Knicks’ executive Phil Jackson thinking about trading Kristaps Porzingis last year, there was some thought that the 7-foot Markkanen could take his place.
After Wednesday’s game, Markkanen spoke with the media and talked about his experience with Jackson prior to last year’s draft, of course before Jackson’s time with the Knicks ended.
Markkanen revealed something very interesting about the time he spent with Jackson.
“He made me taste raw fish, or raw steak,” Markkanen told the NY Daily News. “I didn’t like it.”
Of course the Knicks never traded Porzingis, ended up selecting point guard Frank Ntilikina in the first round and of course Jackson ended up getting fired.
After Markkanen’s expierence with Jackson I’m sure he’s happy that he didn’t end up with the Knicks. Lucky for him, the Bulls used the seventh overall pick on him, right before the Knicks tok Ntilikina at eight.
As good as Markkenan looks, the Knicks didn’t miss out by not being able to add him to their roster. Taking a point guard was Ntilikina is exactly what they need.
When it comes to Jackson, he clearly didn’t care about his job if he decided to ask a prospect to eat raw meat. We already know that the only reason he took the job with the Knick was to collect a pay check.