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 4 years ago '04        #10921
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Berman

Phil Jackson has a lot of motivation to get his coaching search done in the next 10 days.

According to an NBA source, Jackson is flying to Turkey in mid-June with his fiancée, Lakers president Jeanie Buss, for nearly a week to attend his son Ben’s wedding.

Jackson desperately wants the coaching search wrapped up before his European vacation with Buss, who has some interest in Derek Fisher for the Lakers’ front office, if not as head coach.

The NBA source said Jackson, who has five kids, originally planned to make it a two-week Turkish holiday before he had accepted the Knicks presidency in mid-March. Jackson, however, didn’t want to miss the NBA Draft on June 26, though he never figured he would still be searching for a coach in early June.

Though he doesn’t have a draft pick, Jackson plans to buy one in the second round.

Fisher, the leading candidate for the Knicks job, seemed cognizant of Jackson’s urgency late Saturday after Oklahoma City got eliminated in the Western Conference finals when he said: “I’ll try to do that as soon as possible for all parties involved and make the decisions that need to be made.’’

That Jackson is physically fit to make the journey to Turkey is a good sign for those holding out hope of him coaching the team himself this season. Jackson, 68, has cited his flagging health, saying he is unable to stand the excessive plane travel. Buss, however, has attempted to convince him to return to the bench.

On Friday, when asked about coaching, Jackson said: “I’m always going to be interested in coaching. It’s whether I can do it or not. I have to understand the level of my physical capabilities. At this point, I don’t see it unless the Lord heals me in the next week or two. I wouldn’t see myself feeling physically prepared to take on the grind of coaching a basketball team right now.’’

Jackson has had a hip replacement and a knee replacement and The Post has reported he will need a second knee replacement in the future. Jackson also overcame prostate cancer and has battled heart issues for many years, once needing an angioplasty.

If Fisher falls through, Jackson can look at his two former a.ssistants who are triangle wizards in Kurt Rambis and Jim Cleamons. Jackson has also interviewed veteran coach Mike Dunleavy.

According to a person in his inner circle, Mark Jackson may be reluctant to coach the Knicks with too heavy an influence from the president’s office, making it a bad match. The Zen Master has been interested in interviewing the ex-Knick and former St. John’s star, who is working the NBA Finals for ABC.

Fisher and Jackson should hold their first conversation by week’s end, though Jackson needs permission from Oklahoma City to speak with Fisher. The Thunder filed a complaint with the NBA Monday over Jackson’s comments that Fisher, who is under contract to Oklahoma City until June 30, was on his list of coaching candidates. The league fined Jackson $25,000.
 4 years ago '04        #10922
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Begley

P.J. Hairston will work out for the Knicks on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Goodman reports that the Knicks will also look to trade for a first-round pick, which could be construed as a sign of their interest in Hairston.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick by ESPN’s Chad Ford, so if the Knicks are serious about acquiring Hairston, they might have to get into the first round to draft him.

New York doesn’t currently own a pick in the 2014 draft. It dealt its first-round pick to the Denver Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony trade and its second-round pick to the Houston Rockets in the Marcus Camby trade.

Team president Phil Jackson had previously stated that the Knicks would be interested in buying a draft pick if there is a player worth acquiring.

"Teams do sell draft picks," Jackson said last week. "We are going to approach teams and ask them if they’re willing to allow us to buy a draft pick if we feel like there’s a player we want to have at a position that comes up. So that’s a bang-bang situation."

Jackson said it is unlikely that the Knicks will be able to acquire a first-round pick, but if the right situation presents itself, they would likely listen.

Would Hairston be a good fit for the triangle offense? A skilled scorer with deep shooting range, Hairston averaged 21 points on 45 percent shooting in the D-League last season after being suspended and eventually dismissed by North Carolina.

The Hairston workout is intriguing because the Knicks currently have depth at shooting guard. With rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith on the roster, the Knicks have a veritable logjam at the position. Would they look to move Shumpert or Smith in a deal to acquire a first-round pick in order to take Hairston?

This is all conjecture, of course, but, given Hairston’s workout, it’s worth considering.

In other draft news, the Knicks worked out Florida center Patric Young on Wednesday.
 4 years ago '04        #10923
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Begley

Carmelo Anthony had one of the best statistical seasons of his career. But it wasn’t good enough to be named to any of the three All-NBA teams.

The NBA announced its All-NBA teams on Wednesday and Anthony was left off of all three teams.

The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.

The six forwards voted ahead of Anthony all had fantastic seasons.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant were the first-team forwards. Kevin Love and Blake Griffin were the second-team forwards and LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul George were the third-team forwards.

Anthony received 86 votes (one first team). That total was 73 votes fewer than Aldridge’s total, which was the lowest among forwards. He averaged 27.4 points and a career-high 8.1 rebounds. And, he's the first player to average as many as 27 points and eight rebounds in a season since Shaquille O’Neal did it in 2002-03.

Anthony may have been penalized for the Knicks' struggles. New York won just 37 games and failed to make the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. Anthony missed the playoffs for the first time in his 11-year NBA career.

Question: Do you think Anthony was snubbed? Which forward would you have voted him ahead of?
 4 years ago '04        #10924
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Begley

Mark Jackson didn’t want to talk on Wednesday about his interest in the Knicks’ job. He didn’t want to say whether he’d been contacted by Knicks president Phil Jackson for the opening.

But the Brooklyn-born Jackson did have one clear message when it came to the Knicks’ head coaching vacancy, “Everybody’s not made for New York City,” Jackson, an ESPN analyst, said on a conference call to promote the NBA Finals.

Jackson expanded on his point.

“It’s something about the fans. It’s something about the pressure. It’s something about the media. So to be quite honest, everybody is not built for it," Jackson, the ex-Warriors coach, said.

"It’s a different animal. It’s a different monster and it takes a special personality and a person understanding the things that come into play to a ‘t.’ And I thought -– obviously I’m biased -– but I thought [fellow ESPN analyst] Jeff [Van Gundy] did an incredible job juggling all of them during his time as coach of the Knicks. But everybody’s not capable or qualified to do just that.”

Jackson also clearly stated that he wasn’t talking only about coaches.

“That’s whether you’re management, whether you’re playing, whether you’re coaching,” Jackson said. “I remember as a kid watching very good to great players play other places, be traded to the Knicks and not be the same type player. Whereas some propelled when they got the opportunity to put on a Knick uniform.”

Jackson’s views on performing in New York -– particularly as a head coach -– are relevant because Phil Jackson is the middle of a coaching search that may or may not include the former Knicks' and St. John's star.

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne reported earlier this week that Phil Jackson hasn't fully ruled out a sit-down with Mark Jackson, a Knicks fan favorite who has rejoined ESPN as a broadcaster after his dismissal by the Warriors. But sources maintain that Phil Jackson wants to hire a young coach he can mold and mentor and who won't be put off by his hands-on presence early on.

Derek Fisher is considered to be a leading candidate at this time. Phil Jackson has yet to talk to Fisher but is expected to do so by the end of the week.

Jackson has also stated that he wants to hire a coach with whom he has a previous relationship.

“I like to have a relationship -- a prior relationship -- with a coach, so that we know that we’ve gone through some kinds of issues together, we’ve dealt with some type of battle situations, we’ve had conflicts, and we’ve had disagreements, and we know how to work things out,” Jackson said last week.

Mark Jackson and Phil Jackson do not have a prior relationship. Phil Jackson also has never worked with Van Gundy. That would appear to put both Jackson and Van Gundy at the bottom of the list of Knicks coaching candidates -– despite support from the team’s fan base for both coaches’ candidacies.

Mark Jackson, an ex-Knicks and St. John’s star, on Wednesday acknowledged that he’d heard the groundswell of support for his candidacy among some Knicks fans.

“Obviously you hear the talk,” said Jackson, who refuted a report that he would be hesitant to work with Phil Jackson. “... 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 get that team headed back in the right situation.”

Both men declined to say whether they were interested in the Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers openings.

"If the team’s ever want to state what their plans are before they name a coach, that’s up to them," Van Gundy, the ex-Knicks coach, said. "I think it’s best that I don’t get involved with that."

Question: Do you think Phil Jackson should speak to Mark Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy about the Knicks head coaching vacancy?
 4 years ago '04        #10925
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Woj

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and his top coaching candidate, Derek Fisher, talked briefly on the telephone Wednesday and plan to reconvene next week, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Jackson expressed his desire to engage Fisher in talks to become the Knicks coach, sources said. Fisher is expected to take the weekend to talk with his family and make a final decision about retiring from his 17-year NBA career in order to fully pursue coaching, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Fisher has been leaning strongly toward ending his playing career, and should that be his final decision, he's expected to move forward with more substantive talks with Jackson next week, sources said.

The NBA fined Jackson $25,000 for public comments about Fisher, a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, during the Western Conference finals. NBA team officials aren't allowed to comment about their interest in hiring players or employees under contract elsewhere.

The Knicks' support system, centered on Jackson, is an attractive part of the job to Fisher. For all the allure of New York and Madison Square Garden, Fisher played parts of his 13 seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships under Jackson.

Jackson lost out on his original target, Steve Kerr, who accepted the job as the coach of the Golden State Warriors.
 4 years ago '04        #10926
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Phil Jackson said if the team re-signs Carmelo Anthony, they can compete in the East in the 2014-15 season (Begley, June 5).

Jackson said for the Knicks — who don’t have a draft pick or cap room — it’s more about having a “refreshed attitude.”

“I think they call it a beginner mind,” the Knicks president said. “Needs a beginner mind to start over again. In the process to bond together, that’s what teams do that are successful and come back with ‘OK we can do this. We can collectively get ourselves back on the same page, same breath and same idea of selfless behavior, whatever our roles and get out there and play the game that’s competitive.’ There should be ample opportunity for this team to come back into competition next year.”

Keith Schlosser
Jackson hasn’t made any sudden personnel moves since becoming Knicks’ President, but perhaps that’s for the best. His mentality is on point. For this team, achieving success next season should come down to putting mind over matter.

Entering training camp last fall, one could argue that the Knicks actually did look better on paper than they did the season prior. The likes of Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, and Tim Hardaway Jr. all appeared to be talent upgrades over some of the team’s departing players.

Having won 54 games and earned the team’s first Atlantic Division title in nearly two decades, the Knicks were only poised to continue building on such accomplishments.

Of course, looking good on paper isn’t everything, especially when a team removes respected veterans from a locker room. Nevertheless, the Knicks are still a talented bunch.

A new voice (in the form of a new coach under the guidance of Jackson) could undoubtedly be the difference maker here.

The talent is there. A new season will provide the Knicks with a fresh slate to put past struggles behind them. Without much cap space until 2015, the current squad needs to start believing in themselves again. It would certainly appear Jackson does.

Sam Spiegelman
Well, Jackson is right.

It’s easy to compete in the Eastern Conference. It has been since LeBron James was drafted by the Cavaliers.

The best teams include the Derrick Rose-led Bulls, James’ Heat team, Boston’s Big Three and the Detroit Pistons featuring ‘Sheed, Chauncey Billups and Tayshaun Prince.

It today’s East, there are the Heat, which could (potentially) lose Bosh and/or James this summer. There’s Indiana, which could take a step back if they lose Lance Stephenson. There’s Chicago and the question if Rose returns back healthy and if they can add some offense in free agency.

So if ‘Melo returns to the Knicks, the team can easily compete. Jackson needs to upgrade at point guard, and I think that’s really a simple fix to the offense. It didn’t flow well through Raymond Felton last year, but when he was at his best in 2012-13, they were the East’s No. 2 seed. That’s a major difference.
 4 years ago '04        #10927
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Berman

The Knicks and Oklahoma City could be linked by more than Derek Fisher’s coaching future.

As Fisher mulls his next career step, the Thunder are looking at trading at least one of their late first-round picks, and Knicks president Phil Jackson said he’s looking to obtain a pick for either round of the NBA Draft. The Post reported at February’s trade deadline Oklahoma City made an offer for Iman Shumpert, but the Knicks passed. ESPN.com reported the Thunder offered their 29th pick.

That was before Jackson came aboard, and talks surely will be staged between the two clubs. The Nets are also trying to obtain a late first-round or second-round pick, according to general manager Billy King.

Oklahoma City has the 21st and 29th picks. The 29th pick is considered to have the least bang for the buck, as it comes with a two-year guarantee at a set rate, as opposed to a player picked a few slots later, in the second round, who doesn’t receive guaranteed money.

The Knicks don’t want to clog up their 2015 cap space unless they are sure they’ll draft a can’t-miss rotation player. The 29th pick is slated to make $959,000 in 2015-16, which is modest for a top rotation player. The 21st pick would make $1.2 million.

“We have to figure out a way to find value in the draft,’’ Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said Thursday on Oklahoma radio station 98.1 FM. “That could be moving off the picks entirely, combining them to move around, could be standing and selecting. I will say this draft is going to be pretty good. At the same time, when you draft a player, you also want to make sure there’s a relative pathway for them to have success and play.’’

The Knicks were set to trade Shumpert and Raymond Felton to the Clippers in a better offer than Oklahoma City’s, for Darren Collison and Matt Barnes, but the deal fell through when Shumpert injured his knee on the eve of the trade deadline. Collison will be a free agent.

Jackson is said to like Shumpert’s defensive prowess and height, but his offensive basketball IQ isn’t sky-high, and Shumpert is not a very good passer — two attributes needed in Jackson’s triangle offense.

The Knicks, a source confirmed, are expected to work out draft prospect P.J. Hairston, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who was dismissed from North Carolina and played in the D-League last season. He’s projected in the 21-to-29 range.

Oklahoma City could also help the Knicks in free agency, as Thunder guards Thabo Sefolosha and Caron Butler are free agents. A lengthy defender, the 6-foot-7 Sefolosha had been the Thunder’s starting shooting guard for the last few years before losing his 3-point marksmanship and falling out of favor with coach Scott Brooks. The defensive specialist was benched for much of the playoffs.

During breakup day, Sefolosha said he had “no clue’’ if he’d be back. He’s known to love Fisher, who could be named the Knicks head coach as soon as next week. The Knicks have their $3.5 million mini-midlevel exception to spend, plus the veteran’s minimum. Their preference in free agency is at point guard (Steve Blake, Patty Mills), but Sefolosha and Butler could fit at the right price.
 4 years ago '11        #10928
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Patty Mills a free agent?

Scoop him up! And that 21st pick from the Thunder is interesting. Trading Shump would be tough but imagine if we somehow picked up Kyle Anderson
 4 years ago '07        #10929
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Can't wait for the off season

My favorite time of year





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 06-07-2014, 12:05 PM         #10930
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Shumpert is off limits.
 4 years ago '04        #10931
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Begley

Luke Walton says that he spoke with Phil Jackson about accepting a coaching position with the Knicks while Jackson was courting current Golden State coach Steve Kerr.

But Walton hasn't talked to Jackson since Kerr turned down the Knicks and accepted a head coaching position with the Warriors.

Jackson has, however, told Walton, an ex-Laker, that he'd make a "great coach someday."

"I've talked to Phil a bunch; thought about different things and I've talked to him in the past about coaching," Walton said Friday during an interview on ESPN Radio's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd." "He's told me he thinks that I'll be a great coach someday."

Walton said Friday that Jackson also asked him "if I'd be interested in moving out to New York ... but I think that was before Steve Kerr got the job in Golden State. I haven't talked to Phil since all of that happened."

Since Kerr decided to go to Golden State, Jackson has zeroed in on Derek Fisher as the Knicks' next coach. He and Fisher talked briefly on Wednesday and are expected to talk again next week.

Walton and Kurt Rambis are also on Jackson's short list. But sources told ESPN.com earlier this week that Rambis and Walton are more likely regarded as potential a.ssistants for the eventual coach.

Jackson has been highly complimentary of Walton's ability to run and understand the triangle offense.

Walton on Friday said the triangle is "not that complicated of an offense. Once you understand the big picture of it, it all starts to make sense."

He said one of the difficult principles to grasp is that "every pass changes the next part of the offense depending on what the defense does and what the offensive player decides to do" and added that the offense can be difficult for young players to understand.

Jackson is expected to implement the triangle offense with the Knicks next season.

Jackson teaching triangle: While Jackson hasn't publicly stated that he plans to run the triangle next season, he's been talking about the offense to players whom the Knicks have worked out in recent days.

Florida big man Partic Young, who worked out for the Knicks on Wednesday, said in a phone interview that Jackson talked to players about the principles of the offense during his workout.

"We went through a lot of the triangle offense and Phil came up and spoke to us about that offense a little bit," Young said. "He was saying how the triangle offense is more of a reactive offense in the sense of, 'We're going to see how the defense is playing us and we have so many options to look for if they're playing us a certain way.' So they have so many options to go from if the defense chooses to play a certain way."

The Knicks don't currently own a draft pick but one league source expects them to target a pick in the No. 30-40 range in the second round.

Jackson said earlier this month that if there was a player the Knicks liked, they would try to obtain a pick to select him.

Young, a rugged big man, may be that player. The 6-9 former Florida center believes he can help the Knicks next season.

"I could see myself being a Dale Davis or a Ben Wallace type player right now for them," Young said. "They already have Tyson Chandler at the five spot. But if I can come in and bring some energy to the team and bring some good minutes, play some good defense and rebounds -- that's the role I like to play."

Asked if the Knicks talked to him about their plans for a draft pick, Young said, "They just said they weren't sure still. They're figuring things out, what they're going to do. There's going to be a lot of free agents out there and if they find somebody they really like, whether it's me or not, I'm sure they'll make a move in the second round, potentially. They might even wait until draft night to do so."
 4 years ago '07        #10932
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PJ Hairston...
 4 years ago '08        #10933
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Derek Fisher tho
 4 years ago '04        #10934
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Berman

Phil Jackson’s fishing expedition is over. Second choice or not, the triangle offense will live at the Garden next season with Derek Fisher as its teacher.

Jackson came to New York to be the Knicks president and also coaching mentor. He has hired his former point guard, Fisher, who finished up his playing career only nine days ago with Oklahoma City.

Fisher finalized a deal to become the Knicks head coach Monday, ending Jackson’s rocky search at seven weeks. The Knicks will hold a press conference Tuesday at their practice facility to announce the hiring.

Fisher, who turns 40 in August, said after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs that coaching was his “calling,’’ and now he has Jackson as his mentor.

Yahoo! Sports reported the deal is for five years and $25 million, indicating Jackson learned his lesson from the Steve Kerr fiasco. According to an NBA source, his final offer to Kerr was four years, $17.6 million — $4.4 million per season.

Fisher, who won five titles under Jackson as a player with the Lakers, is expected to install the triangle offense revered by Jackson. Kerr, also one of his former point guards, was Jackson’s first choice, but he backed out of a verbal agreement last month to join the Warriors.

All along, Jackson preferred to hire someone from his “big circle’’ despite some Knicks officials encouraging him to consider hiring a coach without triangle experience, such as Mark Jackson.

“He was a lead guard and lead guards have a vision a lot of the times,” Phil Jackson said nine days ago. “Derek is one of those lead guards that had a real good concept of the game and liked doing the skill work and the drill work that’s necessary to hold guys to the premises of how to execute. I was not a lead guard, but somehow I wound up being a coach. I don’t know how that happened. It doesn’t happen in this day and age.’’

Fisher has a close relationship with Kevin Durant, a 2016 free agent who raved about Fisher’s coaching potential during the playoffs, saying he is “a great leader, great communicator.’’

Fisher, becomes the league’s third-youngest coach, could prove a valuable recruiter in 2015, when the Knicks have cap space, and in trying to convince Carmelo Anthony, who is friends with Durant, to return.

Fisher, who played 19 seasons, may fill out his staff with some former Lakers teammates, including Rick Fox, who said he interviewed for the head job, and Luke Walton, a player developmental coach with the D-League’s Los Angeles Defenders. Other potential candidates are two veteran a.ssistant coaches from Fisher’s time with the Lakers — Kurt Rambis and Jim Cleamons, now a Bucks a.ssistant. Bill Cartwright has also interviewed with Jackson for an a.ssistant’s job. Jackson has said he’ll have veto power on a.ssistants.

Jackson said last month he thought it intriguing to hire someone with “a clean slate,’’ meaning no coaching experience.

The Lakers, looking for a coach with experience, never got in the mix for Fisher. Lakers president Jeanie Buss, Jackson’s fiancée, could have played a role in their disinterest, not wanting to steal him away.

One concern was whether Fisher would want to move to New York. His four young kids live in Los Angeles. A native of Little Rock, Ark., Fisher recently said New York “grew on him” after he was so afraid of the city on his first visit, as a rookie with the Lakers, he locked himself in his hotel room.

During the 2011 lockout, Fisher spent weeks at a time in New York as president of the Players a.ssociation. One of his daughters also was suffering from a rare eye disease six years ago and traveled often to New York to see a top eye specialist.

Fisher, in his two seasons with Oklahoma City, was considered the strongest voice in the locker room and was recently voted by NBA players as the likeliest to move into coaching.

“I think I’ve always — for the last decade — really felt my purpose in life and calling was to be in a leadership position or some position of impact on other people,” he said earlier this month. “Somehow I’ve been blessed to positively impact other people.

“Coaching allows me to positively impact other people’s lives, to help people find success when they haven’t or have — working together for a common goal. There’s a love for helping other people. Not playing anymore — if that’s what it’s to be — coaching or being in the front office or being in a role where I can positively impact others and work together for a common goal is exciting to me.”
 4 years ago '07        #10935
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Fish should be able to pick his own a.ssistant, don't think stackhouse is a good fit




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 4 years ago '04        #10936
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Fish is expected to go after Rambis to be his top a.ssistant
 4 years ago '04        #10937
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Berman

The Knicks’ new rookie coach Derek Fisher welcomes Phil Jackson’s hands-on approach from the presidency seat, but only to a point.

Fisher admitted the duo has to find the right mix regarding Jackson’s involvement during practices and such. Jackson acknowledged during Tuesday’s press conference he will attend practices and will speak up to players when he sees something. After all, owner James Dolan isn’t paying Jackson $60 million to look good in a jacket and tie.

Ten days ago, Fisher was a reserve point guard for the Thunder in the Western Conference finals, so he can use the help from the Zen Master.

“I want Phil involved,’’ said Fisher, who won five titles with Jackson as his coach for the Lakers. “We’ll figure out the dynamic. We have a transition to make from being coach-player to executive-coach. That’s a different relationship. We have some learning to do from that respect.’’

Fisher went on to say, however, the players need to know who the coach is. Ironically, Jackson loathed input from the front office during his coaching days. In fact, he famously threw legendary Jerry West, then the Lakers general manager, out of his locker room after a game.

“I don’t actually see the problem of having one of the greatest ever do what you’re trying to do to want to come down and help you a little bit,’’ Fisher said. “I see that as a positive, something I’m open to. We’ll figure out how that works and plays out — the best way to do it so the players understand I’m the head coach. I don’t see it being an issue as potentially others may see it. I’m looking forward to that exchange.’’

Asked about his role now that protégé Fisher is in place, Jackson said, “We’ll figure that out as we go along, obviously. I see a role simply as a guy willing and ready to offer support. I’m willing and ready to step into practice sessions and talk about things you have to do on the basketball court.’’

In the past two weeks, the Knicks have conducted a handful of pre-draft workouts for college players and Jackson has helped.

“I’ve done the workouts,’’ Jackson said. “I realize it’s not my role to be on the court. It’s where a young man steps in and has the energy to lead. My job is to flesh out what I’ve accumulated over 30 years of coaching.’’
J.R. Smith always has impeccable timing on Twitter. On Fisher’s first official day as head coach, Smith sent a message, indicating he’s not willing to come off the bench this season.

When a follower told him he’s going to win another Sixth Man of the Year Award, the flaky Smith tweeted: “Nope! no more bench for me!!’’ Smith won Sixth Man of the Year in 2013, but when he moved to the starting lineup late last season he excelled after a slow start. Smith could be ticked at the firing of Mike Woodson, whom he adored.
Fisher said he hopes to hire his coaching staff soon and said it’s “no guarantee’’ he will have a former head coach on his staff.

Fisher, according to a source, is trying to hire Lakers a.ssistant Kurt Rambis, and The Post reported the Knicks have gotten permission from LA to speak with him. The only caveat is Rambis could be included on the next Lakers’ staff, depending on whom they hire.

Other candidates include former Fisher teammates Luke Walton and Rick Fox, Bucks a.ssistant Jim Cleamons, and Bill Cartwright. Knicks GM Steve Mills has spoken to Scottie Pippen at the Chicago pre-draft camp about potentially joining the staff. Fisher also will be asked to consider longtime Knicks a.ssistant Herb Williams, who has head-coaching experience.
Following Jason Kidd’s lead last July, Fisher said he is strongly considering being the head coach during the Las Vegas Summer League.

“It’s definitely something I considered,’’ Fisher said. “It’s on my mind. I saw Jason do it last year. I thought it was smart thing to do. Not having head-coaching experience, it could be a great opportunity to learn things in the summer league. What the job requires during game management, timeouts, substitutions, little situations you’ll be in.’’
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It didn’t take long for Derek Fisher to proclaim he plans to reestablish the Knicks championship heritage of the 1970s and break the franchise’s 41-year title drought. And the Knicks’ new head coach wants Carmelo Anthony around for the rings, saying he “firmly believes’’ this is the place for him.

At his introductory press conference in Greenburgh on Tuesday, Fisher, owner of five titles as a point guard with the Lakers, said he’s “without a doubt’’ sure he can return these Knicks to their glory days when Phil Jackson wasn’t the team president but a power forward on their only two title teams.

“All I’ve heard about is how special this city can be when the Knicks are winning,’’ Fisher said.

Fisher, however, didn’t sound as certain regarding Anthony’s future since he can become a free agent July 1. Jackson said he wants Fisher to wear his five championship rings to his first meeting with Anthony, who has an opt-out clause that Jackson is trying to get him to delay free agency until 2015. Anthony must make his decision by June 23.

“As far as Carmelo is concerned, we obviously believe Carmelo is one of the top players in the NBA and world,’’ Fisher said. “We want him to be here, but ultimately he has the choice. We’ll do everything we can possibly do to give him confidence that we can get the job done and put a team together he can feel is a championship team.’’

The Knicks didn’t make the playoffs this season at 37-45 and they don’t have cap space until 2015 or a pick in the June 26 draft.

Fisher said he’s yet to speak with Anthony, but said he’s prepared if Anthony bolts.

“We played against each other for years,’’ Fisher said. “He’s one of the great ones. I’m excited about the opportunity to possibly work with him. But he has to speak to his situation. As head coach, I have to be prepared to coach the players that I have. I would love to have him and am looking forward to it.’’

Jackson said another Anthony powwow is coming up shortly. The Bulls, Lakers, Rockets and Mavericks could be destinations if the Knicks star leaves.

“We’re planning on meeting with Carmelo in the near future,’’ Jackson said. “I want to express to him again I want to have him back on the team. We haven’t heard one way or another about opt-in or opt-out. If he decides on free agency, he has a right to do that.’’

Jackson, who admitted sheepishly he told Anthony that Steve Kerr would be the head coach, feels confident Fisher’s addition helps.

“I think I’ll have Derek wear all five of his rings the first time he comes in and talks to Carmelo, say this is what we’re working for,’’ Jackson said. “There’s a feel Derek has, and I think Carmelo will have. They played against each other, but more than anything, Derek represented something when he was the head of the union to these players that he was up there f!ghting for them and the leadership he showed in that phase was remarkable, and I think all the players appreciated that.’’

Fisher said he understands if Anthony wants to be a free agent but added, “We obviously firmly believe that here is that place for Carmelo. We’re going to do our best, not to convince or change his mind from a decision he has already made, but maybe help give him some confidence with the personnel involved and our commitment to working hard to achieve a great amount of success. This is a place he can have what he wants. He wants to be a on a great team, he wants to be around great people and he wants to achieve greatness. He’s great and he deserves that.”

Fisher called the roster “very, very talented’’ and talked about wanting to “add more banners to the ceiling.’’

“Phil experienced it here as a player some 40 years ago,’’ Fisher said. “It is here you walk the halls and experience the championship-level success, the great players and great coaches that have come through this organization. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I took advantage of this opportunity. We know without a doubt we can reestablish what that means, what that is.’’

Fisher was considered a key leader on five Lakers title teams.

“I have not been a head coach in the NBA, college or high school. But I am experienced. I am experienced in playing the game and being a champion,” he said. “Basketball is a game that I am experienced in playing, understanding, leading in, guiding in, helping another group of people achieve the greatest gift in the world as a professional athlete, and that’s being a champion — that I have experience in, and that’s the experience that I plan on sharing with these players, sharing with this organization.”
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LeBron to New York?

Don't rule it out, says ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.

Smith said on his radio show on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show" that Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James would like to play together and it's a "95 percent possibility" that James and Anthony would end up together if both opted in to their contracts for the 2014-15 season.

"LeBron wants to play with Melo," Smith said. "Melo wants to play with LeBron."

Both Anthony and James have opt out clauses in their contracts that can be exercised this summer.

Smith said that if both James and Anthony opt in this summer, "the New York Knicks would have a shot at getting LeBron James to come to New York."

The Knicks are projected to have enough cap space to land two max free agents in the summer of 2015.

James and Anthony, of course, could also end up in Miami, depending on how things shake out with the other two members of Heat's Big Three over the next two summers.

One thing that Smith is nearly certain about? If both Anthony and James opt in this summer, they will be playing together in 2015-16.

"I'm here to tell you right now it's a 95 percent possibility -- if not more -- that they would join forces whether it be in New York or Miami," he said.
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