Phil on Knicks' loss: 'It was awful, huh?'

The New York Knicks aren't making a very good impression on their new president.

Phil Jackson took in the Knicks' 31-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers from a suite at Staples Center on Tuesday and had this to say about the game: “It was awful, huh?”

Jackson talked to the New York Times after watching the Knicks give up 51 points to the Lakers in the third quarter -- a franchise high for points allowed in a quarter.

“Fifty-one points,” Jackson said. “When it’s 35 points you start to get worried. When it’s a 51-point quarter, that’s really awful.”

Jackson, who isn't likely to be with the team on the rest of its five-game West Coast road trip, said that the Knicks carried baggage from Sunday's loss to Cleveland into the Staples Center on Tuesday.

“This is just residual depression from losing a game that they were up by 17 points on Sunday,” Jackson said. “It kind of took their hopes away from being in the playoffs.”

The Knicks trail the eighth-place Hawks by three games with 11 to play. Nine of their final 10 games are against teams with records above .500.

Jackson has some major decisions to make this summer that will shape the future of the team. He is expected to replace Mike Woodson as head coach. He also has to deal with Carmelo Anthony, who has stated that he will test free agency this summer.

Jackson told the Times that he is currently assessing the team but hasn't inquired about coaches or people to add to the front office yet.

"We're in a talent hunt," he said.

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