On This Date: Knicks fire Stu Jackson

December 3, 1990: Knicks fire Stu Jackson and hire John Macleod as head coach

The Knicks fired Stu Jackson and hired John MacLeod to take over as head coach. Jackson was an assistant on Rick Pitino’s staff dating back to his days coaching the Providence men’s basketball team. Once Pitino left the Knicks for the University of Kentucky, the Knicks hired Stu Jackson as head coach, marking him the third youngest coach in Knicks history, at the time.1 Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks hire Stu Jackson as the next head coach

July 10th 1989: The New York Knicks pick Stu Jackson as the next head coach

Nearly 6 weeks after Rick Pitino left the New York Knicks to coach the University of Kentucky basketball team, the team decided to hire Stu Jackson as the next head coach. Jackson, then 33 years old, became the 2nd youngest NBA coach in history at the time. Jackson previously was an assistant coach for Pitino with the Knicks and at Providence College.

Jackson brought a slower pace of basketball compared to the bomb squad teams that Pitino employed. The pace of play was more half court oriented and didnt emphasize the three point shot.

Jackson was 45-37 in his first season and made it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. However, the Knicks fired him in the next season after starting the year 7-8. Internal tensions with the coaching staff and various players led to his demise as the head coach.