NBA Controversy: Phil Jackson Lashes Out At Bargnani, Calls Him ‘Malingerer’

NBA Controversy: Phil Jackson Lashes Out At Bargnani, Calls Him ‘Malingerer’
Andrea Bargnani Keith Allison / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
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Phil Jackson won’t spare “big tease” Andrea Bargnani.


After panning legendary Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, excerpts from Jackson’s interview with Charley Rosen of ESPN reveals the zen master’s venom about the former New York Knicks tall Italian in a season-ending look at each of the players in the roster.

Jackson clarified that Bargnani’s attitude always had a “bad effect”on the side.

Jackson’s “brutal assessment” on Bargnani

Well, Phil Jackson has not a single point against Andrea Bargnani; he has several, rather, which literally assassinates the 7-foot Italian’s character.

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He starts by calling Andrea Bargnani a “big tease.”

“AB was and still is a big tease,” Jackson said. “When he was injured he refused to do simple non-contact activities like dummy our offense in practice.”

AB is also “malingerer” according to his former coach.

“He seemed to be a malingerer and this had a bad effect on the team, and also on the way the Knicks fans reacted to him. 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. Still, his offense is perfectly suited to the triangle because he really doesn’t have to work very hard to get shots.”

AB, an enigma

Bargnani had couple of off-seasons at New York Knicks.

“Whether we can agree on financial terms for his return, or he winds up someplace else, AB will always be somewhat of an enigma,” Jackson also pointed out.

Bargnani signed a one-year deal last month using his player option with the Brooklyn Nets.