How is it that the New York Knicks can fire their entire coaching staff - from top to bottom - cleaning it out from corner to corner while retaining all of the players, and in a few weeks, implement a whole new coaching staff and be ready to start the next season, but ABT can’t rid itself of one incompetent artistic director who cannot put together one week of a Met Season without relying on imports who someone else has trained? The Knicks fired their entire coaching staff – everyone – because they understood that it was time for a change and a fresh start for their team of great players.
It looks like Steve Kerr, the NBA’s 3-point GOAT, might take over as head coach. He knows the Triangle Offense like the back of his hand, having learned it from Phil Jackson while playing for the Chicago Bulls. On a team where he wasn’t the media star or even one of the tallest guys, Kerr came up with huge plays when he took control of the ball.
In the final seconds of Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 1997 against the Utah Jazz, the score was tied at 86. During a time-out, Kerr grabbed the attention of the team’s biggest stars, Scottie Pippin and Michael Jordan, and boldly told them that he’d be ready for the ball to make the winning shot. He’d be ready even though he and everybody else in the world expected Jordan to take that shot. In the final 28 seconds, Pippen was blocked from getting anywhere near the basket and passed to Jordan. Jordan drove inward but got caught up in traffic. He saw Kerr standing 15 feet back and faked a jumpshot to pass the ball to him. With 5 seconds left, Kerr grabbed the pass, planted his feet, and swish. Game over. The Drive to Five was complete. [Relive it here.]
Pippen > Jordan > Kerr for the 5th Championship. The Bulls didn’t phone up Charles Barkley or some YMCA player to ask them to join the team for a couple of high profile games because the team’s management didn’t have confidence in the up and coming players on the bench. What the hell is going on at ABT?
Jared Matthews is finally getting the opportunity to dance Albrecht in New York during the Met Season only because of another dancer's injury. ABT’s first press release that announced the casting change was apologetic in tone instead of praising Matthews' accomplishments and conveying the certainty that it would be worthwhile to attend the performance. The press release lauded the accomplishments of the guy who wasn’t going to show up to dance, but said nothing about the guy who was.
Last year when Natalia Osipova bailed out of Sylvia because she couldn't get the steps, ABT’s stupid fools made the same mistake. They trumpeted the grand importance of Osipova, who wasn’t going to show up to dance, and made an apologetic-toned reference to Xiomara Reyes, who was the wonderful artist who would replace Owhimpova on short notice in her own debut.
ABT’s marketing strategy seems to be to convey to the public that all but a couple of its own dancers are losers. No wonder ticket sales suck.
Phil Jackson wouldn't think twice before firing Kevin McKenzie, because he would know that McKenzie is the source of ALL of ABT's problems. We need to be able to win with our own players.