Shannon Brown knows what Phil Jackson can do for the Knicks.
The Knicks guard spent two-plus seasons playing for Jackson as a Laker and sees how the former Lakers and Bulls coach can intellectually challenge players.
“I think if he did come this way, he’s got a lot of knowledge about the game of basketball and players, how to win,” said Brown, who played for the Lakers from 2009-11. “I think that’s one of the things that he’ll bring. He’s got something like 11 championships, so you can’t beat that.”
Brown can see the Zen Master doing his thing in New York, giving players books to read while providing a wealth of wisdom that can only come with 11 world championships.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Brown said. “He was definitely still giving books away, giving guys his knowledge and his memories of things that happened and where we can apply them to the basketball court.”
Brown received a book from Jackson. It was “Dreams from My Father” by Barack Obama.
“It was actually a good book,” Brown said. “The president was saying how he grew up, where he came from, things he had seen until he got to be the president of the United States. That one definitely helped me out a lot. Me being from Chicago and the president being from the same place.”
“I think every book that he’s given out he’s read,” Brown added. “So he might ask you a question about it or something. Definitely, he isn’t just giving you a random book like, here, read Dr. Seuss. It’s got some type of meaning behind it.”
Brown thinks Jackson can make the transition from the bench to the front office and still have an impact.
“He wouldn’t really want too much of an outside input,” Brown said. “He’s one of those guys that likes to study by himself. He doesn’t need too many voices in his head, disrupting his thoughts. I definitely think he could help the franchise a lot.”
“He had a formula man,” Brown added of Jackson’s style. “And it worked from the East Coast to the West Coast.”