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 4 years ago '07        #10901
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 imtheman718 said:
In what ways is he better than priggy?
Potentially I think he's the better option.

Priggy and Felton should be considered vets they turn the ball over a lot and make bad decisions he plays like a shooting guard in my opinion




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 05-31-2014, 06:47 PM         #10902
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 Funeral James said:
Its hard to develop a young player when he gets no burn and he has bums gettin playin time over him

Lets be real hes better than felton and priggy
 4 years ago '07        #10903
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 05-31-2014, 07:43 PM         #10904
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 Funeral James said:

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 05-31-2014, 09:39 PM         #10905
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 4 years ago '04        #10906
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Carmelo Anthony turned 30 on Thursday, got a new Corvette Stingray from his wife, LaLa, and is now spending his birthday week in the Bahamas. Online photos show Anthony driving a jet ski through the blue waters with his son, Kiyan. Another has the Anthony family dressed up in native headdresses at a Caribbean festival.

His buddy LeBron James will spend much of June working the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season.

Anthony and James each have opt-out clauses in their contracts that could make them free agents July 1. James never talked about it this season. Anthony never stopped talking about it this season.

Perhaps if Anthony knows James will opt in, Anthony will, too. Knicks president Phil Jackson is attempting to convince Anthony just that in the latest twist revealed Friday. The Post reported Anthony has until June 23 to decide.

Anthony has a lot to think about — at a career crossroads at age 30. Knicks officials, from the coaching staff on up, have spent the past year whispering in his ear, trying to persuade him into re-signing as a July free agent.

Jackson has taken on more of a tough-love approach. First, the Zen Master proclaimed Anthony should consider taking a paycut to stay a Knick and give them 2015 flexibility to add two prominent free agents.

Then the Jackson topped that Friday in revealing his desire for Anthony to delay free agency a year, so he can make a more educated decision as Jackson changes the Knicks’ culture. If anything, it will give the two a chance to get to know each other better instead of agreeing on a shotgun marriage.

Jackson said the club “will survive” if Anthony becomes a free agent and bolts. If you want to parse Jackson’s remarks and conclude he wants him to leave, guess again.

Jackson wants Anthony to stay, but on his terms. He doesn’t want “Melo the Brand,” he wants “Melo the Consummate Team Basketball Player’’ — something he hasn’t been in 11 seasons, evidenced by just one trip to the conference finals. Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were not consummate team players until Jackson arrived either.

When Jackson talks of Anthony, he doesn’t call him “a superstar,’’ he just spells out the nuts and bolts he does to win games. Friday, in his 40-minute meeting with reporters in which cameras were not permitted, Jackson said of Anthony: “This a guy we recognize has the talent and skill that gets you through playoff games when things get sticky and grind-out. You need a guy capable of scoring with someone hanging on him in a situation that’s critical, and he’s one of the few players who can do that.’’

Anthony has not been a mature enough leader during his career. His constant chatter about his opt-out clause began in training camp and he never had the instincts as a good teammate to end the talk. Nobody in the locker room cared to hear the free-agent ramblings coming out of Anthony’s mouth with the club coming off a 54-28 record and second seed in 2012-13.

James? He made it clear early he wouldn’t talk about free agency and made good on that promise, among others. Even after Cleveland won the lottery last week, James shut down speculation on his Ohio return by saying he couldn’t care less about draft lotteries now.

Whatever the reasons Jackson has for asking Anthony to delay free agency — it will give the franchise a better idea on what kind of paycut he would need to take — Anthony should listen and take out an insurance policy. It’s not as if interested parties Chicago and Houston, knocked out in Round 1, are banging on the championship door.

If Anthony listens to Jackson on this one, it will be the most significant sign Anthony means what he says, that he cares more about competing for a title than the contract. After all, Jackson may be the best 30th birthday present Anthony has ever gotten.
 4 years ago '04        #10907
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Derek Fisher’s playing career likely ended Saturday night with the Thunder’s ouster from the NBA playoffs, and perhaps a new career will begin soon in New York.

But Fisher said he had too much respect for his teammates to talk about the Knicks’ coaching job, adding the “wound is too raw’’ and he’ll need a couple of days.

But Fisher said it won’t take long to make up his mind on retirement.

“There are a number of people who will be impacted by the decision I do make,’’ Fisher said. “Whether I continue to play or do something else within the game, there’s a lot at stake.’’

If it was his last game, the 39-year-old went out in style, showing the stamina of a young player. He played the final 21:47 of the Thunder’s 112-107 overtime loss to the Spurs in the Western Conference finals. The Thunder still hope he comes back, possibly as a player/assistant coach, but that seems doubtful.

Fisher will be pursued by Knicks president Phil Jackson and likely by the Lakers, his former team with which he won five titles with the Zen Master.

“I can’t go there tonight,’’ Fisher said in the dead quiet of the Thunder locker room. “It’s too fresh of a wound. It’s possible this truly symbolizes the end of a very long career. I don’t think [with] the emotions I’m feeling now it’s smart to bet on what I’m going to do next. I’m definitely going to take it seriously and consider my options, consider what’s best and go from there. There’s a right way to wrap this season up and show it the proper respect.’’

Fisher will have his exit meeting with Thunder coach Scott Brooks on Sunday and realizes the Knicks are waiting on him.

“I’ll try to [do] that as soon as possible for all parties involved and can make the decisions that need to be made,’’ Fisher said. “Interview is a strong word at this point. I haven’t had any direct conversations with any executives — Phil Jackson, the Lakers. I think interview is a strong word. There’ll be conversations at some point. This is still pretty raw and fresh — at least for the next day or two.

“I want to respect whatever my future holds and the guys in this locker room and organization that gave me the opportunity the last two seasons. My career could’ve been over two seasons ago and they took a bet on me.’’

Jackson confirmed Friday he “definitely’’ will speak with Fisher, but added there are “lots of unknowns” on whether Fisher will take the job, referring to the veteran point guard’s young children in Los Angeles.

Brooks went heavy with Fisher Saturday as he played a three-guard smallball lineup.

The Spurs prevailed in overtime despite a Fisher-inspired fourth-quarter comeback from 12 points down.

The 6-footer played his series-high 32 minutes. He was the last one to leave the court. He was hugged at the buzzer. immediately by the Spurs’ Danny Green, a native of North Babylon, L.I., then by Tim Duncan.

Fisher was constantly matched against much bigger players in the final period, having to defend Boris Diaw, Duncan and Manu Ginobili, but he was scrappy to the end. He dove to the floor to save a possession in overtime, sliding out of bounds and into a front-row patron. The kind of scrappiness that could make him a great coach.

As for being the last one to leave the court and meet the media more than an hour after the buzzer, Fisher said: “It’s understanding the moment that it’s possible it could be the last time I walk off the court as a player. It’s mixed emotions. It’s going to hurt.’’

Former Knicks coach Hubie Brown, on hand for the radio broadcast of Game 6, said of Fisher: “You’re not dealing with a typical basketball player.” Brown cited Fisher’s career as longtime president of the Players a.ssociation, and called him “the total package.”
 06-01-2014, 03:39 PM         #10908
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How would y'all feel about Ewing being Head Coach?
 4 years ago '04        #10909
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 Kitsch said:
How would y'all feel about Ewing being Head Coach?
rather a.ssistant, least for now
 4 years ago '04        #10910
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Lamar Odom, Phil Jackson’s first player acquisition, will start his comeback at the Knicks’ training facility Monday.

Jackson signed Odom on the final day of the regular season with a non-guaranteed pact for the upcoming season, giving the Knicks time to evaluate the troubled power forward from Queens.

That evaluation has yet to start, but Jackson still is hopeful Odom can work out. He had plenty of success for Jackson with the Lakers, playing on two title teams, but that was before he became a reality TV star as husband of Khloe Kardashian. They are now divorced. Odom sat out all last season because of alleged drug issues.

“He’s coming to town this week,” Jackson said in his first comments on Odom. “We know he’s a really good basketball player.

“He wants to put himself back together, and he has a chance to do that by having the whole summer to work at it and getting himself back in basketball condition to play. He told me that’s what he wants to do. Having a relationship with him. It’s a pretty good risk-reward situation for us.’’

Odom could play on the Knicks’ summer-league team in July in Las Vegas.

The Post has reported Jackson worked the non-guaranteed deal this way so he can use Odom as mathematical trade filler this summer in case it doesn’t work out.

Jackson said the partnership with general manager Steve Mills is succeeding.

“We’re working well together,’’ Jackson said. “We’re starting to find a kind of pace of how we do work, parsing up the job. [Owner] Jim Dolan wanted me to focus on certain aspects and not all the details with the minutiae and Steve’s doing some of that.”

Jackson confirmed the Knicks will attempt to buy a second-round pick, acknowledging snaring a first-rounder will be too tough. The Knicks traded away their first- and second-rounders in this June superdraft.

“We have limited amount of funds we can use,’’ Jackson said. “Teams do sell draft picks. If teams are willing to allow us to buy a draft pick for a player we want to have at a position, we’ll do it.’’

Jackson said the Bucks and 76ers are trade targets because those teams own multiple picks in the draft that won’t fit on their rosters, but also said he won’t get into “a bidding war.’’

“We’re not going to run ourselves into the ground if it doesn’t work out,’’ he said.

On the coaching front, Jackson said he’s not averse to hiring a name fans aren’t too familiar with, perhaps referring to former Laker Tyronn Lue, who was to interview with the Cavaliers.

“The fan corps deserve [a coach] that will come in without a bias and have a clean slate to work with,’’ Jackson said. “Something in that appeals to me.’’
 4 years ago '04        #10911
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If any NBA executive is interested in trading for players on the Knicks’ roster, Phil Jackson is willing to listen.

“I don't think it's any secret that everybody that we have on our roster is up for discussion, if we have other teams call us up,” the Knicks president said on Friday. “I mean, we have players that are free agents in Amar’e [Stoudemire], Andrea [Bargnani], Carmelo [Anthony], Tyson [Chandler], guys that are in situations that are not to be discussed. But the roster that we have beyond that is open for discussion. And if people call up, want to talk about it, we'll discuss it with them.”

Jackson mentioned Stoudemire, Bargnani and Chandler because those players are entering the final year of their contracts. The Knicks would like to let those contracts expire in order clear cap space for the summer of 2015. The market for those players may be stronger closer to the trade deadline because any team acquiring Chandler, Bargnani or Stoudemire would be responsible for only the remainder of their salaries, not the full salary.

But If Jackson gets an offer for the players mentioned above, that benefits the team, he probably wouldn’t hesitate to strike a deal.

Jackson said Friday that he would not be opposed to taking on salary this summer –- and impact the Knicks’ cap space for the summer of 2015 –- if he was presented with the right trade.

“It has to be part of a discussion,” Jackson said of taking the Knicks’ cap space in 2015 into consideration while making moves this summer. “But if we get back what we think we need to fill out the character and the type of player that we want to have, we’re going to go forward with it anyway. We’re not the only team that [is] going to be chasing these players [in 2015]. We have to understand that. We might feel that we have one of the best places in the world to play, but people are susceptible to their backgrounds and where they’re from and families, etc. We understand that, chasing free agency, this team has been through it.”

Speaking of free agents, the Knicks, of course, would listen to sign-and-trade offers for Anthony if they have a.ssurances that he has ruled out re-signing with New York.

Jackson has also made it clear in the past that he won't hesitate to shake up the roster this summer, if the right opportunity presents itself. In a speech after the final game of the regular season, Jackson told the players that there will be personnel changes this summer.

“He said that there’s going to be changes, some of us won’t be in this room next year,” said a Knicks player who heard Jackson’s address.

Jackson said on Friday that he hasn’t told any of the Knicks directly that he’s looking to trade them.

According to a league source, the Knicks president told Raymond Felton during exit meetings that he would consider trading him in the offseason.

Jackson denied that on Friday.

“We're telling players, get yourself ready, start a 10 to 12 week program of exercise, weight training, conditioning so when you come back here you're not trying to get in shape in September. You are in shape so you're play in October. That's the message we've given,” Jackson said.
 06-02-2014, 04:08 PM         #10912
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 4 years ago '04        #10913
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Only Wade & LBJ can get away for doing the exact same sh*t, Phil should know that :nasmad:
 4 years ago '07        #10914
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This league is disgusting




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 4 years ago '04        #10915
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 Funeral James said:
This league is disgusting
hypocrites is a better word lmfao

Phil did this in a city outside of NY, would have never been fined sh*t IMHO
 4 years ago '04        #10916
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Phil Jackson is well aware of Carmelo Anthony's on-court value to the Knicks.

"We recognize his talent and his skill is the kind of skill and talent that gets you through playoff games,” Jackson said last week. “Things get sticky, grind out and basketball becomes a force game, and suddenly you need to have a player who has the capabilities of scoring with someone hanging on them in a situation that’s critical. He’s one of those players, one of the few players who can do that."

Jackson also sees Anthony's value off the court.

The Knicks president believes that Anthony, a free agent-to-be, can help the Knicks immensely in attracting other free agents to New York.

Said Jackson:

"I think it really helps. I haven’t been a major recruiter as a basketball coach. I’ve had players who could recruit by their talent; that’s my great fortune. We didn’t have to send out Michael Jordan to go out and recruit people. People wanted to play with him. Or Scottie Pippen. We didn’t have to do that with Shaq [O'Neal] and Kobe [Bryant] in those situations, and they’re willing to do it. As a result, we ended up with [Karl] Malone and Gary Payton on a basketball team at one time.

"So I’ve been in situations like that. But one of the reasons I never went to college [is] because I never wanted to get into that world of promises and dreams. I want to be in reality most of the time, and I think that really helps. The reality of knowing a player is going to come in and he sees what’s done and sees how players get to play, sees the kind of effort that players put out on the floor is something that goes around this league pretty quickly and guys want to be a part of it."


Free agency is expected to be a major facet of the Knicks' rebuild over the next two or three seasons.

Anthony, of course, is the team's top priority in free agency. The Knicks are also expected to target top free agents in the summer of 2015, provided that they have the cap space. LeBron James, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and Rajon Rondo all may test free agency that summer.

But before the Knicks can begin thinking about the class of 2015 (James also has the option of opting out this summer), they need to figure out Anthony's situation.

Anthony has said for much of the year that he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract and test the waters this summer. Jackson hopes he will consider opting in and accepting less than a maximum contract to give the Knicks a better chance to land marquee free agents.

“We have an opportunity in the next couple of years to get back in the hunt for free agents that are headline players,” Jackson said last week. “This year, not so. But we’re going to make improvements on this team regardless. But next year and the year after, we think that we're going to have that opportunity. Can we get two [players] instead of just one? Yeah, that’s a possibility.

“[The] reality of how to do that involves Carmelo’s compliance. It may not be a $20 million player, $16 million player, $12 million player; it may be a $10 million ballplayer. But that’s the way things work out now. There’s a possibility we can do that."

If Anthony opts in and then re-signs with the Knicks, New York would have approximately $20 million in cap space in the summer of 2015 (accounting for the 2015 first-round pick and salaries for J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr.). That's based on the a.ssumption that Anthony signs a max contract.

The 30-year-old veteran has said that he is open to taking less money from the Knicks -- or any other team he chooses to sign with -- if it helps that team attract free agents.

Anthony also said during the season that he would work with the Knicks to attract other free agents.

“I think people would love to come to play in New York, and when that time comes, we’ll be working on that," he said. "... I have a big black book. I have a big Rolodex. People that talk about what’s going on with me in the offseason, this and that, I should be getting people to come here. I am. I’m trying.”

It sounds like that’s the kind of effort Carmelo's team president would truly appreciate.
 06-03-2014, 09:04 PM         #10917
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 4 years ago '04        #10918
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Knicks owner James Dolan says he hasn't been involved in the team's coaching search and will not be involved in Carmelo Anthony's free agency.

In other words, Dolan says the two biggest decisions facing the Knicks this summer will be made by president Phil Jackson without much input from the owner.

"I have not asked about the coaching search on purpose. I told [Jackson] I’m here for you if you need me, if you don’t need me that’s fine, too. I’ve got a lot to do," Dolan said in an interview with WFAN on Tuesday afternoon.

Dolan, surprisingly, claimed that he didn't know which coaching candidates Jackson is talking to. It's hard to believe that Dolan didn't know that Jackson was talking to Steve Kerr, who turned the Knicks down to take the head coaching job in Golden State.

Dolan did say that Jackson consulted him regarding contract offers for Kerr. For what it's worth, the Knicks final offer to Kerr was four years, $20 million including incentives, according to a league source. Kerr accepted a five year, $25 million offer from Golden State. Jackson insisted last week that the difference in contracts did not factor in to Kerr's final decision.

Dolan was asked on Wednesday if he will be involved in Anthony's free agency.

"No. I made a commitment to Phil I was going to let him do it," Dolan said. "Unless he asked me for help it’s his to run."

Anthony is expected to test free agency this summer. Jackson has asked Anthony to hold off on test free agency and opt in to his contract this summer, delaying free agency until the summer of 2015. He's also asked Anthony to accept a paycut, something Anthony has said he'd consider.

Dolan has insisted that he won't get involved in the negotiations between Jackson and Anthony. Dolan orchestrated the trade to acquire Anthony from the Nuggets and has established a close relationship with him.

The owner joked on Wednesday that his family gave him a shirt that said "Ask Phil" on it -- an apparent reference to his daily involvement with the Knicks.

There was one other interesting nugget on the subject of autonomy discussed in the interview. Dolan mentioned that Knicks GM Steve Mills -- not Jackson himself -- is overseeing the team's medical staff.

This is significant because, according to reports by the New York Daily News and ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Jackson wanted to make changes to the team's medical staff but was overruled by Dolan.

Said Dolan of Jackson and Mills: "I think I’ve got the right team in place managing it. We’ll see how it turns out."

Here are other highlights from Dolan's interview:

Q: Did you think you were getting another Glen Sather-type when you hired Jackson -- an experienced executive with championships to prove it?

A: "Yeah, it wasn’t like I’m looking for guys who have the championship as much as guys that were successful and had proven their ability to be successful. With both teams I want somebody in charge who really knows what they’re doing. This is not something I have any expertise in, [so I] don’t want anyone who hasn’t shown the ability to do it."

Q. Has Phil been what you expected?

A. Pretty much. He’s gotten in, he’s taking control [and] he and Steve [Mills] are working really well together. ... Phil has a great guy underneath him, actually right next to him. I think I’ve got the right team in place managing it. We’ll see how it turns out."

Q. Do you put the same energy into both teams?

A. Well, it sort of depends on how they’re doing and what they need. Both teams know that they have as much resources as I can possibly give them in order to be successful. So in that way they’re definitely both treated equally. I will say the Rangers are probably a little easier because Glen’s there. And you know, the Knicks have been not as easy, but I’m hoping they’re going to be easier now."

Q. What does the Clippers sale for $2 billion mean for the valuation of the Knicks?

A. I think that -- I don’t know if it changes everything because the Milwaukee franchise sold for pretty much a lot higher than anyone thought. The valuations have changed. The NBA is a very successful league now, first under David [Stern] and now under Adam [Silver]. I think every franchise is gong to be successful and they’re great a.ssets to own, only 30 of them in the whole world, so they’re kind of rare commodities."
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Mark Jackson called the Knicks head-coaching position “an incredible job’’ and seemed to suggest he would have legitimate interest despite rumors to the contrary.

The Post reported a member of his inner circle saying Jackson may be leery of a situation in which the team president is very hands-on with the coach. That appears to be the case when Phil Jackson hires his new coach, with Derek Fisher his current top choice.

Mark Jackson, who is doing the NBA Finals for ABC with Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen, said on a conference call it takes “a special personality’’ to coach the Knicks and everyone’s “not made for New York City.’’ It appeared Jackson was questioning whether Fisher or Steve Kerr, both from out of town, had the ingredients.

When asked about the fan furor that he gets the job, Jackson said: “Obviously you hear the talk even if it’s the New York Post reporting my inner circle made a statement and I have no clue because my wife and kids haven’t spoken to The Post. To counter that, it’s an incredible job. It’s an incredible opportunity and I’m sure that Phil Jackson will do an outstanding job of finding the right coach to get that organization and that team headed back in the right situation.’’

Fisher, who is from Little Rock, Ark., was asked by The Post on Sunday whether he liked New York City. He said his first visit as a Lakers rookie he “locked myself in the hotel room’’ because he was fearful. Fisher added the city “kind of grew on me.’’

Mark Jackson admitted it’s not a job for everyone.

“As a kid that grew up in New York City, a fan of the Knicks, everybody’s not made for New York City,’’ said the Brooklyn product, ex-St. John’s and Knick star. “That’s whether you’re management, whether you’re playing, whether you’re coaching.

“To be quite honest, everybody is not built for it. It’s a different animal. It takes a special personality and a person understanding the things that come into play. I’m biased, but I thought Jeff [Van Gundy] did an incredible job juggling all of them.’’

Phil Jackson hasn’t spoken directly to Mark Jackson, but it’s believed general manager Steve Mills and a.ssistant GM Allan Houston, who are close to Mark Jackson, have done so.

“I do look forward to coaching one day if it presents himself again,’’ said Jackson, who was fired by Golden State last month. “Right now I’m having a blast with my crew.’’

Jackson was a rare case of going from having no coaching experience to becoming head coach after only working as a broadcaster. Jason Kidd started what may become a trend of going straight to head coach immediately after the end of a playing career.

“I believe I would have been able to do it,’’ Jackson said. “Unfortunately I didn’t have an opportunity.’’
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Phil Jackson sent out a cryptic tweet in response to the $25,000 fine he received from the NBA for tampering with Derek Fisher, indicating he was “chagrined.’’ Jackson was fined Monday for making comments last Friday about Fisher being on his coaching candidate list.

Fisher is still under contract with the Thunder, who would like to have him back as a player and unofficial a.ssistant coach. The Post reported Oklahoma City filed a complaint with the NBA over Jackson’s overtures.

Jackson’s tweet:

"Undaunted by "stuff" we will continue to have a relationship with the press, which informs our fan base#chagrined"

Jackson’s message is he will continue to reach the fan base through the media despite a fine that seemed petty. In his meeting with the team beat writers last Friday, Jackson at first was reluctant to talk about Fisher.

“I’m not allowed to say boo, I think,’’ Jackson said. “I said B-O and I didn’t get the other ‘O’ out and the league already called me up.’’

When pressed, Jackson relented.

“I have no idea if he wants to come here and move his family,’’ Jackson said. “These are things he has to express. There’s so many unknowns and I’m not talking to him. But he’s definitely a person on my list of guys who could be very good candidates for this job.’’

Jackson needs to get permission from the Thunder to speak with Fisher, who said late Saturday night he would only need a few days before addressing his future. Fisher and Jackson were expected to speak by week’s end.

Nets general manager Billy King, during a press conference Wednesday at their free-agent mini-camp, didn’t want to make the same mistake as Jackson when asked if Fisher could make the transition from player to coach like Jason Kidd did smoothly.

“I can’t comment on Derek,’’ King said. “He’s [going to be] a free agent.’’
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