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Phil Jackson tries to explain why he said 'goink,' teaches us all a new sex word

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Jackson gave an interview to his favorite newspaper, the New York Times, and touched on his own inscrutable way on a lot of topics -- Isiah Thomas, Carmelo Anthony's surgery, the future of the Knicks and the Triangle -- but the most important topic by far was GOINK.

See, during the playoffs in May, Phil commented on the fate of three-point-heavy teams, asked how things were "goink" for them:

He got attacked for that, and also made fun of him for what was clearly a goofy misspelling of "going." So of course he got asked about that:

Q. In the middle of the playoffs, you took to Twitter to ask N.B.A. analysts to give you "some diagnostics" on how 3-point-oriented teams were faring. It struck most as a criticism of teams like the Warriors who take a lot of 3-point shots. You asked, "How's it goink?" What was that about?

JACKSON: They have all these analysts. I just wanted to see someone come back to me with statistics: Is 3-point shooting in the playoffs as consistent as it is in the regular season? Does your 3-point-shooting percentage change because you're in the playoffs? No one figured that one out. And that's probably me being obtuse to leave it open at the end. But "goink" is one of those New York expressions that we use, and I will tell you this: I learned something. Someone sent me the fact that if you look it up on Urban Dictionary, you'll find out what it means in today's society.

Q. Should I look?

JACKSON: Well, it's rather bizarre to say the least.

Q. So it wasn't just a typo?

JACKSON: "Goink" is a castoff expression, right? Instead of, "How's it going?," it's, "How's it goink?" It turned out to be either a combination of a mixed ethnic group: part Korean, part Chinese. Or it's a vernacular term for how do you deal with a sexual partner.

Q. That was not your intention though?

JACKSON: No, I had no idea.

1. What?

2. So Phil is trying to tell us it WASN'T a typo, it was just "one of those New York expressions" we don't know. (It's not.) Then we learned, via Phil (via JACOB), that "goink" can be a nasty portmanteau of racial slurs OR a sex thing I do not recommend trying at home, at least not with the arm-waving. That seems excessive.

So, yeah, Phil failed to really explain why he said that thing on the Internet, but he did teach us all a new sex thing.