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 3 years ago '04        #10661
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Ian O'Connor

The New York Knicks have so many problems up and down the organization, from Jim Dolan at the top to a D-League reject named Chris Smith at the bottom, that it's easy to forget they will need a qualified coach to replace Mike Woodson within a few months. That coach will not count against the salary cap. His wage will not come packaged with a luxury-tax bill from hell.

So with his team an unholy mess, and with the franchise in desperate need of a credible figure to persuade Carmelo Anthony to stay this July and to attract other free agents down the road, Dolan will probably go big-game hunting for his man. After taking the fantasy basketball choice off the board (Phil Jackson), and after eliminating Anthony's past antagonist (George Karl) and most likely future one (Stan Van Gundy), and after bypassing the veteran NBA coaches who won't make the necessary statement despite their winning records (Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro, Avery Johnson), the next coach of the Knicks could and probably should emerge from this high-powered group of five:

Tom Thibodeau. Jeff Van Gundy. Mark Jackson. John Calipari. Billy Donovan.

Of course, any and all of the above would need some answers on a Madison Square Garden management structure that remains, at best, undefined. Why was Hank Ratner sent down to the minors? What's the deal with Steve Mills and his shadow cabinet of advisers, including Mark Warkentien and Allan Houston? When does Mills appoint a real personnel guy to run basketball operations, and will the new coach report to him, or the other way around?

"In looking at the five guys you're talking about," said one NBA source who has had dealings with all five coaches, "I don't think any of them would take that job without complete control."

A circle of league sources with ties to the Knicks and the Garden was asked to handicap this handpicked field, and to address the issues that would determine who ultimately lands (or rejects) the job. One source said that the team's roster "needs a character cleansing," and that a clear chain of command has to be established before any coach is recruited. A second agreed that a strong general manager needs to be put in place first. "Steve Mills is a prince of a guy," the source said, "but there isn't one other club in the league that would've hired him for the job he has, and now they've shut him up."

The Garden's policy of muting coaches, of practically subjecting them to lobotomies, could cost its basketball team a shot at the best available candidates. But in the end, there are only so many of these glamour positions to go around. Someone will want the title of head coach of the New York Knicks.

"I was just talking to people yesterday, asking who they thought would be the Knicks' guy," one source said. "They all had the same answer: John Calipari. Why? Because of CAA."

Creative Artists Agency represents three busloads of Knicks employees and a suddenly famous former one, Chris Smith, the brother of J.R. who was just dumped by the franchise's D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. Calipari is a CAA client who is making $5.2 million a year at Kentucky, and who would command far more than the guaranteed $2 million (luxury taxes included) the Knicks wasted on Smith.

Only Calipari isn't the best fit for the job.

That distinction belongs to the only man who has proved he can succeed in it: Jeff Van Gundy, the last man to take the Knicks to the Finals. One NBA source close to the team ranked Van Gundy as the best candidate, followed by Thibodeau, Jackson, Donovan and Calipari, in that order.

Here's a breakdown of that fab five:

John Calipari -- He didn't have fun losing to Robert Morris in the NIT last year, and he doesn't appear to be having much fun coaching the absurdly talented Wildcats this season. Calipari has already won his national title, and he's long been eager to return to the NBA to make good on his failed run with the New Jersey Nets.

In 2010, after the Nets hired Avery Johnson, Calipari told an a.ssociate he would've left Kentucky for a Nets sequel "without question" had the team traded for Anthony (talks between New Jersey and Denver collapsed) and allowed him to draft DeMarcus Cousins (the Nets picked Derrick Favors instead). If he joins his own recruits' fast break to the NBA, Calipari would likely ask Dolan for more than the $7 million a year Doc Rivers earns with the Clippers.

"It makes sense for the Knicks to look at John on a lot of levels," said one source.

"He's a great guy to pal around with," said a second, "but he's the star of the show in Kentucky, gets everything done the way he wants it done, and nobody tells him what to do. I can't see him leaving that."

"I don't think Calipari's personality works well in an NBA setting," said a third. "I've talked to a lot of his former players. If you ask Derrick Rose if he'd rather play for [Thibodeau] or Cal, or ask John Wall if he'd rather play for Randy Wittman or Cal, I don't know if [Calipari] would like the answers."

Billy Donovan -- He has a chance to win his third national title at Florida and, at 48, he might finally be ready for the new career challenge he accepted (and then declined days later) from the Orlando Magic in 2007. Donovan grew up on Long Island and lived out his boyhood dream when he played 44 games for Rick Pitino's Knicks in 1987-88.

Though he still loves to tell stories of the time his mother took him to the Garden and bought him a Clyde Frazier T-shirt, Donovan rejected Isiah Thomas' attempt to hire him as Knicks coach years ago. Would he consider leaving Florida after 18 seasons for a chance to rebuild the only team he ever wanted to play for?

"Billy would be an awesome NBA coach," said one source who knows him well. "He doesn't have any professional coaching experience, but Brad Stevens is managing it well in Boston and that should give the Knicks more confidence to look that way. I just don't know if Billy would do it."

"If I can't get Jeff Van Gundy," said a second source, "my next guy is Billy Donovan. Maybe he should be the Knicks' first choice because he doesn't have Jeff's baggage from coaching there before. He runs a pro offense, his teams defend and I think he's got the personality for it."

Mark Jackson -- He beat Denver last year for Golden State's second playoff series victory since 1991, and yet somehow team management is said to be disillusioned with him. The Warriors have Jackson under contract through next season, and an extension might depend on whether they advance past the first round of the playoffs.

Out of Queens, St. John's and Pitino's backcourt with the Knicks, it turns out Jackson would've been a better choice for Donnie Walsh than the coach he hired instead of him, Mike D'Antoni. Jackson is a New Yorker's New Yorker who would be a popular pick and one who wouldn't settle for the consistent lack of player effort that has doomed Woodson.

"The more I think about it," said one source close to Jackson, "the more the fit makes sense to me. He can coach, players are inspired by him and he would have a deft touch with the media."

"If the Knicks have a chance to get Mark Jackson, they should jump on it," said a second league source. "He, more than anyone, understands the media."

Tom Thibodeau -- Some people believe that he's the best coach in the league and he could change the Knicks' dysfunctional culture overnight. But Thibodeau, another CAA client, has three years remaining on his contract. Despite his reportedly damaged relationship with Bulls GM Gar Forman, Chicago can't possibly let Thibodeau go to New York without receiving significant compensation in return.

And that's where the Knicks run into Thibs trouble: They don't have any a.ssets to spare.

"I think he works things out and stays," said one source. "If Tom has Rose and a healthy team, everyone knows he is a good enough coach to take the Bulls all the way. So I don't think he moves."

"Tom loved his time in New York, and I think he'd want that job even more than any other," said a second source. "But there are some hard years ahead there, and I don't know if he wants to deal with that."

Jeff Van Gundy -- He coached eight 82-game seasons in New York and Houston, and claimed 50 or more victories in half of them. Van Gundy won eight playoff series with the Knicks, or seven more than the franchise has won in the 13 years since his departure.

The Garden fans started chanting his name in 1999 for a reason.

Yes, he made a mistake when he quit after 19 games in 2001. No, he wasn't going to survive Dolan beyond that season, anyway. It's unclear if the current ESPN analyst would seriously consider a return to New York, and Van Gundy has a policy of refusing to discuss jobs that aren't currently open.

"But Jeff is the best-equipped to succeed in New York because he's been through it," said one of his former Garden colleagues, "and there's no question about that. The thing is, he's making a great living now with no pressure on him, and I just can't see him coming into this regime with all of its ridiculous policies."

Of the five coaches listed here, Van Gundy is the most likely to smooth over Dolan's rough edges, to sell him on the virtues of glasnost. He was the Garden's last basketball coach allowed to speak freely from the beginning to the end of his term, the last one to win consistently and the last one ambitious enough to see a second-round playoff exit as a complete failure.

So Jeff Van Gundy is the best bet to restore the Knicks. Of course, that means only that there's no chance Jim Dolan will hire him.
 3 years ago '04        #10662
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MINNEAPOLIS — A rally to protest Knicks owner James Dolan’s handling of the sinking franchise is on tap for March 19 in front of the Garden before the team hosts the Pacers.

The organizers of the “KF4L Rally,” which has its own Facebook page, are promoting the rally via social media. The KF4L stands for “Knicks Fan for Life.’’

Knicks fans Michael Brown, who has staged demonstrations in the past, Anthony Samaroo, a Chicago-based Knicks fan, and Mark Griffin are the rally’s promoters.

In a statement, the organizers wrote the rally is being staged because of “Dolan’s failure to allow knowledgeable basketball people the autonomy/power to make basketball related decisions…His insistence on overriding the opinions of his basketball people by bidding against himself in negotiations and overpaying in trades.’’

The statement also took issue with “the rehiring of Steve Mills who has never been in the GM role before and presided over one of the most embarrassing eras in Knick history.’’

It went on to add Mills “has yet to speak to the media or fans about the state of the team since he came back. The fans deserve explanations.’’

In conclusion, the statement read: “We understand Dolan will not sell. We understand change may not come of this. We just want our voices heard. We want to remind Dolan and the NBA that our voices matter. We buy the tickets, the jerseys, the NBA League Pass subscriptions. We are frustrated. We are tired. We deserve better.’’
 3 years ago '04        #10663
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 3 years ago '04        #10664
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MINNEAPOLIS – Defiant Knicks coach Mike Woodson admits he’s “failed’’ in some areas but said he won’t “quit.’’

“I still think I was the guy for the job and I still think I’m the guy for the job,’’ he said Wednesday.

The Knicks are in shambles – on a seven-game losing streak that has plunged them 19 games under .500, all but out of the playoff race. No one in New York City can understand why owner James Dolan hasn’t put Woodson out of his misery.

Except, that is, Woodson, who said during morning shootaround at Target Center he doesn’t believe the Knicks have stopped listening to him.

Asked by The Post if his message no longer is reaching the players, Woodson said, “When you lose, everybody tends to reach. Sometimes you might send the wrong message. I think you learn a lot about your basketball team when you do lose. They learn a lot about each other. The character changes a little bit. We’ve had some struggle, a lot of struggles. I don’t think they’re tuning me out. They’re still listening, but just not getting it done on the basketball floor.

“That’s the frustrating part of it. We’re in games. We’re competing. Then all of a sudden we forget how to compete. That’s strange as hell from a coaching standpoint. We got to keep working through it. I’m not going to quit. That’s just not my nature. I hope these guys don’t quit. I don’t think they are quitting.’’

The Knicks are 6 ½ games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and need to go 20-1 to finish at .500 after grand expectations followed their 54-28 record in 2012-13.

Woodson lost at least 52 games in each of his first three seasons in Atlanta, but that was when the young Hawks were in full rebuilding mode. This?

“It’s a major challenge,’’ Woodson said. “There’s no doubt about that. You come into the season after experiencing two wonderful seasons which the Knicks haven’t done in some years and go through a season like this, it’s been very, very challenging for me. I’m a realist. I look at all the different things that’s happened. I try to put it in proper perspective.

“I’ve tried to deal with it on a day-to-day basis and still try to get the team up to speed and where they need to be as a team on the floor. I feel like I’ve failed somewhat in that area. But again, at the end of the day, we still have a shot. My thought process will never change as far as me being a coach here.’’

Woodson, who has spoken about “coaching harder,’’ claims there’s no locker-room in-f!ghting. J.R. Smith has questioned the team’s “heart,’’ Carmelo Anthony has questioned the team’s “pride’’ and Tyson Chandler has wondered aloud whether he wants to be part of the long-term future.

“We’re struggling to win as a group, [but] guys seem to get along,’’ Woodson said. “We still talk. We’re just not getting it done on the basketball floor. Guys are OK. They’re not happy about losing. I’m not happy about losing.’’

Woodson doesn’t seem ready to pull the plug on Raymond Felton as a starter despite his massive shooting slump in the wake of his gun-charge arrest last week. Woodson said he had a talk with Felton on Tuesday.

“I feel for Raymond,’’ Woodson said. “Only he knows what’s going on in his heart and mind in how he’s feeling. I don’t wish that on anybody. My job as coach is to shelter him, path him and try to keep him up. He says basketball is his only out. That says a lot. He’s got to somewhat put this situation behind him. It’s not going to go away. [But] he’s got to show it on the basketball court.’’
 3 years ago '04        #10665
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either Dolan or his fu*king ego has to go.....fu*k him for sending Mills to try and get a word with Jackson instead of being the SMART business man he's not and SEEING HIM, HIM fu*kING SELF
 3 years ago '04        #10666
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Brian Windhorst

Carmelo Anthony should reconsider his decision to become a free agent this summer. Perhaps he shouldn't do it at all.

In fact, for big-name players who have the options to be free agents this summer, the prudent move may be to stay in their contracts. That includes LeBron James.

If you take a step back and look at the entire landscape, the advantages for choosing that path become clear. And such a decision by the marquee players in the market would raise the curtain on the Summer of 2015 -- potentially the biggest free agent year in NBA history.

Anthony has already made a major contract mistake once in his career, a choice that has limited his options to this day. His lack of long-term thinking in 2006 caused him to miss the free-agent bonanza in 2010 because, unlike his superstar peers such as James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Anthony set himself up to be a free agent in 2011. That was a year too late.

Wade, James and Bosh, who were thinking ahead in 2006, teamed up in Miami. Anthony was left to listen to toasts about missed opportunities and future dreams at his wedding while James was checking out mansions in Florida.

If Anthony opts out this summer he could be compromising himself again, this time doing it a year too early. He could miss out on a great chance to find the best situation with the best teammates. And by opting in for 2014-15 and signing a new max deal in the summer of 2015, Anthony would earn an additional $4.27 million through 2017-18 and be able to lock in an additional season, per Larry ****.

"It really comes down to what the player truly wants because that is what matters, you will execute his decision," said one of the NBA's top agents, who does not represent Anthony. "But I would advise my star clients that 2015 is a better year to be a free agent if getting on to a championship contender is the top priority."

Last October in an informal announcement, Anthony said he was looking forward to using the opt out in his contract to become a free agent this summer. He referred to it as a "dream" scenario.

As the Knicks' season has spiraled downward, he'd added he'd be willing to take less money on a new deal and that the Knicks' off-court problems would play into his decision. This has only increased the belief that Anthony will follow through with choice to leave his $23 million option and head to the open market and, quite possibly, look for a destination other than New York.

Faced with what is happening right in front of his face, this decision would seem logical. But when Anthony spends 10 weeks thinking about it -- the time between the Knicks' season ending in mid-April and his opt-out deadline of June 30 -- he'll see a more complicated set of circumstances.

Opting in with the Knicks and playing out his existing contract is not an option Anthony is considering now, a source close to Anthony told ESPN. He still plans to become a free agent and sign a new deal this summer. That's understandable, especially during what has to be an extremely frustrating season in New York.

This is not lost on the Knicks. After months of projecting a confident stance that Anthony would remain with the team into the future, doubts have crept into the front office and the prospect of Anthony leaving this summer has become worrisome, according to league sources.

While the Knicks would like to lock up Anthony long term and can guarantee him roughly $30 million more than any other team over the next five years, even they would understand if Anthony wanted to put off the decision for a year. It could potentially be beneficial to everyone.

This is why:

The market this summer for top-line free agents is relatively weak. The teams projected to have at least $15 million in cap space this summer are the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers.

Several other teams could get to that area, which is still well short of a max contract slot (about $22 million), by waiving some players or not re-signing some of their own free agents. These teams include the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers and, under extreme circumstances, the Heat.

Here are some of the teams in 2015 that are projected to have large cap space: the Knicks, Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and possibly the Houston Rockets. The Heat and the Bulls, in better cap position that year, could be very much in the game again as well.

Here are the top players who are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this summer: Luol Deng, Paul Pierce, Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki. James, Wade, Bosh, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay and Anthony are the top players who have the choice to become free agents if they want or they can all push it back to 2015.

Now, here are the list of players who have the option to be unrestricted free agents in 2015: James, Wade, Bosh, Anthony, Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker, Marc Gasol, Roy Hibbert and Goran Dragic. Plus names like Randolph, Gay, Carlos Boozer, Paul Millsap, David West, DeAndre Jordan, Thaddeus Young, Arron Afflalo, Al Jefferson and Monta Ellis.

Anthony has made it clear he wants to play in a big market, he forced his way to New York in 2011 to get there. The difference in big-market teams with cap space and overall talent on the market in 2015 compared to 2014 is dramatic.

The Knicks, Celtics and Lakers (if they wait) could potentially have the chance to add multiple stars that summer. The Heat's options could be much more open. The opportunity to select a desirable location and draw another star or two with Anthony is massively different, especially if the players with those 2014 options stay in their contracts.

Anthony's list of realistic options this summer is much more slim. Even if he follows through with his offer to accept a pay cut, there is not a clear-cut choice of where to go, just a lot of questions and muddy answers.

The Lakers? They are aware of the difference in the free-agent choices and that's why it has been reported by several outlets that the Lakers may sit out much of the 2014 market and wait until 2015 when they'll have more money to spend and the pool of talent in free agency will be much deeper. L.A. certainly is an attractive option for Anthony, but the reality is the Lakers are nearly as big of a rebuilding project as the Knicks. And without knowing how Kobe Bryant returns from two devastating leg injuries or how free agency plays in 2015, it's hard to tell what the Lakers will be.

The Bulls? To make room for Anthony, even at a reduced rate, would require several roster moves. They would have to use the amnesty provision on Boozer and possibly eat more than $16 million. Then the Bulls would have to execute at least one cap-clearing trade, perhaps even moving prized forward Taj Gibson, to make it happen. In addition, they'd have to put off signing prized European prospect Nikola Mirotic. It would also put into doubt whether the Bulls could afford to sign Jimmy Butler to a long-term extension before next season.

None of these items are all that attractive to the Bulls. When Anthony went to the Knicks, they had to gut their roster to make it possible in a trade with the Denver Nuggets. That did not work out well in the long run and why Anthony would want to replicate this is unclear. But Chicago is indeed a possible landing place for Anthony and would create a "big three" with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. But about a dozen dominos would have to fall to make it happen.

The Heat? It would take James, Wade and Bosh all opting out of their deals. Then the Heat would have to let one of them leave, which is extremely unlikely. Or all four of them, including Anthony, would each have to accept pay cuts that would average in the range $10 million per season. This is not impossible, and the word "impossible" should never be used with the Heat. Also, the same agency represents Anthony, Wade and Bosh. However, even with Pat Riley leading the discussion this is even more of an extreme reach than the Bulls.

The Suns? This is an intriguing option because of their young roster and desirable location plus their renowned training staff that has extended players' careers. However, the Suns have restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe to deal with and it would be hard to fit both unless they work together to both accept less than market value. Again, it's possible but would require some challenging orchestration that involves tens of millions of dollars.

The Mavs? Owner Mark Cuban has struck out on his top choices in free agency in the last two years. He has another window this year with Nowitzki publicly promising to take a pay cut to accommodate a player like Anthony. This actually might be the most realistic scenario but would take Nowitzki's willingness to forfeit a hefty portion of his salary. This would be an upgrade for Anthony without a doubt, but it is questionable if this is truly the best he can do.

All of these scenarios are generally the same for James, which is why staying with the juggernaut Heat makes the most sense. Especially with the potential in 2015 to get one of those big-name stars alongside him in Miami, a chance Anthony might miss out on.

The point is there is no natural fit for Anthony on any team. Finding a new home for him would require sacrifice, roster overhaul, teammate cooperation or complex trades to execute. This is not 2010 where there were major market teams everywhere with gaping salary holes they were eager to fill with a star like Anthony.

The natural reaction here, and the one Anthony is probably thinking about most, is that just about any scenario would be better than the Knicks, who have no draft pick, no cap space and very few tradable a.ssets to improve their situation next season. This is absolutely true, it is doubtful the Knicks will be a contender next year and Anthony is now 30 years old.

But if Anthony is worried about his prime passing without getting on championship-contending roster -- which could end up being the Knicks in 2015 -- making his decision in 2014 rather than waiting 12 months could close a lot of doors.

"You know that saying, 'Good things come to those who wait.' " a Western Conference executive said. "It can be tough to sell your fan base or your owner the idea because free agency is less of a sure thing than even the draft. But there is no doubt that 2015 is going to be a huge, huge summer. Let's put it this way, if I had a choice I'd rather be spending my money then rather than now."

There's also something else on the table.

"There's another factor in play here as well," an Eastern Conference general manager said. "If Melo signs a new deal with anyone this summer, even if it's with the Knicks, he will be forced to a take a cut because his max number is $22 million and his option is worth $23 million. If he waits until next summer and then takes a new four or five-year deal after that, it will extend his prime salary years out a year farther. That either means he going to get an extra $25-$30 million added to his career earnings or, if he's willing to take that big pay cut, it softens the blow because it adds a year of earning. Trust me, the Knicks will be pointing this out to him. And his agents should be as well."

Every year the biggest dates on the NBA calendar are the trade deadline in February, the draft in June and July 1, when free agency starts. This year the big date will be June 30 when Anthony and James make their choices.
 3 years ago '04        #10667
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SCREAMIN' A. Smith

HOWEVER!!!

New York Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills met about two weeks ago with Phil Jackson about the possibility of Jackson becoming the team's next coach, sources told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.

The sources said that Jackson, 68, told the Knicks that he was not interested in the position at this time.

The Knicks, who snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over Minnesota on Wednesday, continue to struggle under coach Mike Woodson. They are 18 games under .500 and 5½ games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jackson, who has a career record of 1,155-485 in 20 seasons with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has won 11 NBA championships.
 3 years ago '04        #10668
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Ramona Shelburne

Phil Jackson is "ready to go back to work," a source with knowledge of his thinking told ESPN.com on Friday.

The former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach has spent the last couple of years working to improve his health -- which included several surgeries and a successful f!ght against prostate cancer -- and writing a book. But the itch to return to the NBA in some capacity is strong.

While Jackson has made it clear to any team that has approached him that he prefers a front-office role that would allow him to shape and mold a franchise the way Miami Heat president Pat Riley has, he is open to the possibility of coaching for a short period of time if it was necessary in a transition period for a franchise with championship aspirations, the source said.

He would not consider any coaching position that did not have a significant guarantee of personnel power as well, sources said.

Sources previously told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that New York Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills recently met with Jackson regarding the possibility of him becoming the team's next coach. The sources said Jackson, 68, told the Knicks he was not interested in the position.

A source, meanwhile, confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley that the Knicks have offered Jackson a front-office position.

The New York Daily News earlier had reported the offer, with a league source telling the newspaper that Jackson is expected to deliver his decision sometime next week.

Jackson, who has a career record of 1,155-485 in 20 seasons with the Bulls and Lakers, has won 11 NBA championships total. He previously has said health considerations precluded him from seriously considering a return to coaching, telling NBA TV in late January that "my stock answer has been I have no intention of coaching again."

He rebuffed the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets last offseason, when each team approached him about a position that only involved coaching.

He also passed on an opportunity to join the Toronto Raptors in an undefined role, later saying he preferred an opportunity to run a Seattle franchise had the Sacramento Kings been sold to Chris Hansen and relocated there.

After speaking at the Sloan Conference on sports analytics in Boston last week, Jackson told USA Today that he had several recent conversations with organizations about returning to the NBA.

"There are winners and losers in the NBA, and a lot of people are trying to reclaim their position or change their culture or whatever," Jackson told USA Today. "So yeah, there is [opportunity]. I've had conversations. Some of them are feelers. 'Are you interested?' type of thing."

The Knicks won their second straight game Friday night against the Utah Jazz but still are 17 games under .500 (23-40) with coach Mike Woodson.

"I really don't have an opinion on it," Woodson said before Friday's game when asked about the Jackson-to-New York reports. "I really don't. Again, as I sit here today, I am the coach of the New York Knicks. I am not going to entertain anything about Phil.

"I have a great deal of respect for Phil, but I am not going to entertain anything about Phil Jackson. My job is to try to get this team to play at a high level and we got a big game tonight against Utah and we got to get ready to play."

Amar'e Stoudemire hopes the Knicks can weather the current round of rumors and remain focused on trying to sneak into the playoffs.

"I guess when you're not winning, it opens the doors for a lot of rumors, you know? Our job is to win. If we win, there wouldn't be any of these distractions. The door wouldn't be open for so many rumors," Stoudemire said before the game. "As players we've got to go out there and perform and win, that's all it boils down to."
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Dolan is finally using his head and is allegedly offering Phillip total control it's a beautiful day























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And it starts... bring us back to glory Phil
 3 years ago '04        #10673
Born_Loser|M 98 heat pts98
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4 games out the playoffs
 3 years ago '07        #10674
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 Born_Loser said:
4 games out the playoffs
nah my n*gga... 3.5 after the Clips beat ATL...

and plus Phil on the way. That's a win in itself... so 3 games back
 3 years ago '04        #10675
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n*ggas better move when we step in the building for one simple reason

























We in here
 3 years ago '08        #10676
AC_89 175 heat pts175
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Yea thats why i brought it up that we was only 5 games back last week cuz i don't think the hawks wanna make the playoffs so 1 of those teams behind them gotta make it
 3 years ago '07        #10677
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if the lakers did it last yr, why can't we??? we've made some miraculous wins before as the 8th seed (see 1999 Lockout)
 3 years ago '06        #10678
lmnop 122 heat pts122
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 I Am The Truth said:
if the lakers did it last yr, why can't we??? we've made some miraculous wins before as the 8th seed (see 1999 Lockout)
lol was that you that made this: ?
 3 years ago '07        #10679
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 Parkchester said:
lol was that you that made this: ?
Haha nah I don't post on RealGM but we really do have a chance. If the Lakers did it last yr with D'Antoni & no Kobe in those last few games, then so can we...


We stumbled into the playoffs in 1999 and when ppl thought Miami was gonna sweep us, we beat them in 5 games...

Maybe I'm delusional but I don't like the look of the Pacers without Granger (as their longest tenured player & best glue guy)... if we're the 8th seed, Knicks in 6? Heaven in 7?
 3 years ago '04        #10680
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Berman

The one person the Knicks should be trying to impress doesn’t seem so impressed with the Knicks’ expected hiring of legendary coach Phil Jackson to their front office.

In fact, Carmelo Anthony admitted he was in the dark regarding the team’s pursuit of Jackson and thought it would be best executed after the season.

A source told The Post the Knicks expect the Hall of Fame coach in the fold any day. The Post reported in Sunday’s editions Jackson was “real close’’ to agreeing to join the Knicks front office and return to the organization that drafted him in 1967.

There are ongoing discussions about his exact role, but The Post reported Knicks president Steve Mills would retain a similar position.

“I don’t even know what’s going on with that,’’ Anthony said late Saturday night after the Knicks beat the Cavaliers for their third straight win. “Nobody came to me about that. Until that time comes, I’m not going to know what’s going on.

“It’s hard to say at this particular moment. If anything, it’s not going to be right now. I’m pretty sure they’d try to wait for the offseason and then we’ll deal with all that stuff.’’

With Jackson living in Manhattan Beach, Calif., it’s possible he wouldn’t start the job until after the season ends. Jackson reportedly could have a title of president of basketball operations.

Anthony and the Knicks, who host the Sixers Monday, now find themselves back in a playoff race after gaining three games in four days. They trail the eighth-seeded Hawks by 3 ½ games with 18 to play.

Anthony’s failure to give Jackson an endorsement was notable, if not troublesome, considering he will be a free agent July 1. Jackson was critical of the Knicks roster in 2012 after he surprisingly wasn’t offered the team’s coaching job. The Knicks promoted Mike Woodson to interim coach and never contacted Jackson, who owns 11 championship rings as a coach.

In the interview two years ago with HBO’s “Real Sports,’’ Jackson called the roster “clumsy.’’

“Well, they don’t fit together well,’’ Jackson said at the time. “[Amar’e] Stoudemire doesn’t fit together well with Carmelo. Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s got to play in a certain system and a way. Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kind of blend that group together.’’

They are blending together better now. The Knicks have dealt with enough distractions this season and now are finally showing a touch of chemistry and urgency. The Tyson Chandler-Stoudemire-Anthony frontcourt has started the past four games. Stoudemire came off the bench the last two seasons because of his minutes cap/injuries.

“It’s taken me a while,’’ Woodson said of finding the right mix. “I’ve been shuffling all season based on injuries. That’s what we do as coaches. You got to keep trying things. This lineup has been working well the last few games.’’

As for Jackson, the Garden still won’t comment on its pursuit. The club is holding a press conference Monday in Westchester to announce its new D-League team will be in White Plains next season. Some Knicks executives will be on hand, but Jackson isn’t expected.

Former Knicks coach and league disciplinarian Stu Jackson, who now works for NBA TV, said it would be a boon to land the former Bulls and Lakers coach, even if he won’t be on the sidelines. The Post has reported Jackson needs a second knee replacement, ending his coaching days.

“When you start with the Knicks, you’re looking for that wow celebrity factor that Phil Jackson obviously brings,’’ Stu Jackson said. “But he brings so much more — knowledge he has not only about what it takes in terms of winning but personnel, coaches, team culture. It’s a win-win for the Knicks and their fans.”

The Knicks will extend second 10-day contracts to Earl Clark and Shannon Brown Monday. They were signed after the Knicks bought out the contracts of Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace after the trade deadline.
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