Jackson has a special way with stars

Updated: January 3, 2006, 4:59 PM ET
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
I grew up in the New York metropolitan area and fell in love with basketball as a young kid. I watched and listened to hundreds of New York Knicks games during the late '60s and early '70s.

Not only could I spit out the names of their starters (Walt Frazier, Dick Barnett, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed), but I also knew every one of their subs. Players such as Dave Stallworth, Cazzie Russell, Mike Riordan, Nate Bowman, Hawthorne Wingo and Phil Jackson became cult figures during the Knicks' championship seasons. Jackson was the skinny, long-armed forward with the coat hanger shoulders and bony elbows out of the University of North Dakota. He was limited athletically but he endeared himself to the New York fans with his intelligence, hard work, tenacious defense and rebounding.

John Carroll

Scouts, Basketball Recruiting
John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.