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 2 years ago '11        #10941
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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
 2 years ago '07        #10942
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Can't wait for the off season

My favorite time of year

 06-07-2014, 01:05 PM         #10943
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Shumpert is off limits.
 2 years ago '04        #10944
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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."
 2 years ago '07        #10945
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PJ Hairston...
 2 years ago '08        #10946
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Derek Fisher tho
 2 years ago '04        #10947
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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.”
 2 years ago '07        #10948
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Fish should be able to pick his own a.ssistant, don't think stackhouse is a good fit
 2 years ago '04        #10949
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Fish is expected to go after Rambis to be his top a.ssistant
 2 years ago '04        #10950
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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.’’
 2 years ago '04        #10951
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Berman

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.”
 2 years ago '04        #10952
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Begley

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.
 2 years ago '04        #10953
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 2 years ago '04        #10954
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and not ONE fine or warning will be given to the Heat for "tampering" that plot for a Big Four with Melo

NBA = n*ggas with BIASED Agendas
 2 years ago '04        #10955
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Stephen A. Smith

Now that the New York Knicks have both a president of basketball operations and a coach with a championship pedigree, one would think there should be no problem luring players with winning ability to a city that's been starving for a title since 1973. But as we sit here today, the focus having shifted to compiling a roster that should reap such dividends, the attention now rests squarely on Carmelo Anthony.

Unfortunately, none of us are sure if Melo's attention is aimed primarily at the Knicks. But the Knicks would need it to be if they're hoping for any success in the near future.

With yet another NBA Finals taking place without the Knicks' participation, their new coach, Derek Fisher, did everything he could to paint a picture of a franchise moving forward, desperate to eradicate a culture of losing. But while winning is the priority, it would do well for the Knicks' new coach to remember that it is players who get it done for you -- and that Melo is his best chance.

You want to be respectable? You keep Melo.

You want a gate attraction? You keep Melo.

You want, at least, a shot at LeBron James? You definitely keep Melo.

No matter how far-fetched that chance is.

To be clear, Melo wants to play with LeBron James. And, from what I'm being told, LeBron James wants to play with Melo. a.ssuming circumstances are ideal for them to do so. Sources tell ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein that the Heat are preparing to make a run at Melo this summer in free agency, hoping to add him to the Big Three of LeBron, Wade and Bosh.

As far as Melo and LeBron are concerned, they would've been together already had Melo embraced the advice from James, one of his friends in the league, back in 2006, to sign a contract in 2007 with an opt-out after three seasons -- just like James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade did -- to make himself available for summer 2010.

It was Melo's decision to refrain, to take the five-year, $80 million deal offered by the Denver Nuggets, throwing a proverbial monkey wrench in James' plans. Essentially, the Big 3 could've easily been James, Wade and Melo ... instead of Bosh.

Melo blew it!

But that was then. This is now. And Carmelo Anthony, back then, didn't have the 11 years of NBA experience or the stable, business-savvy family life he has now.

Melo is a different man. With a far more substantive arsenal.

The future is just as important as right now. And quality of life is far more important than dollars and cents.

Here comes LeBron James.

Understand, the possibility of getting LBJ is slim. Annually, James is competing for championships. He's doing so surrounded by palm trees and gorgeous weather, for a first-class organization led by a first-class executive in Pat Riley with five titles on his resume. He's doing it in a place devoid of state income taxes and with a cheaper cost of living, with all of it serving as its own recruiting tool for prospective free agents-to-come.

By all accounts, LeBron can go wherever he wants. Whether he decides to leave Miami or stay, any team in the league will exhaust all options to make room for his arrival.

Still, LeBron doesn't care about money because he knows he'll get it. He doesn't care about where he lives because if he's adjusted to departing Akron, Ohio, for South Beach, he can adjust to almost anything.

What LeBron cares about is the roster he's playing with. The organization a.ssembling it. And being happy, because the future is bright wherever he lands.

Winning is almost everything.

Winning with friends is everything!

Melo knows this, which is why the waiting game here in New York has lasted so long.

Melo knows before he does anything, he needs to talk to LeBron James when these NBA Finals are over. He needs to find out if LeBron is interested in coming to New York, or if he's staying in South Beach. Or if he has another destination in mind, where both of them can get their money and leave enough room for a strong supporting cast.

Such decisions may require that Melo opt in for an additional year with the Knicks before becoming a free agent next summer.

Or it may involve him becoming a free agent now, then leaving to go wherever he knows James will end up.

Remember, folks: No matter what the Big 3 in Miami says, they all knew they were meeting up in Miami months in advance. This is a similar scenario.

James kept his word to the fellas back then. According to sources, he always does. What LeBron James says and promises, he's known for delivering.

How else would we know about his crew (and management firm) LRMR -- LeBron, Randy, Maverick, Rich -- his boys from childhood?

"If you're LeBron's man, you're his man," one trusted confidant of LeBron's has said. "He's honorable on that level. He's an incredible friend. He means what he says. He does what he says he's going to do. And he does not break his word ... although it's hard as hell to get it!"

Dwyane Wade trusted this. Chris Bosh trusted this. And -- bet the house -- Carmelo Anthony trusts that what LeBron James says he'll do, he will do.

Don't think for one second that these sentiments have not been conveyed to MSG chairman James Dolan and the New York Knicks.

Knowing this, keeping Melo must be paramount. Unless Phil Jackson finds a young Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant somewhere, Melo qualifies as the Knicks' best option.

The Knicks can talk all they want about Jackson's brilliance, his 11 titles, his triangle offense and all it has reaped, but choreographers are nothing without someone to dance to their routines.

Melo's the best dancer the Knicks have. For now and the foreseeable future.

So it's nice to see Fisher as the Knicks' new $5 million man. To know him is to be sincerely happy for the Knicks' new coach, who's epitomized nothing but professionalism and competitiveness throughout his 18-year playing career.

But Fisher can only coach what he has. Jackson, in all likelihood, only wants to preside over something worthwhile. And the best way for him to pull that off now is to keep Carmelo Anthony in a Knicks uniform for several years to come, utilizing his "connections" to help formulate a roster worth paying to watch at MSG.

There's an awful lot at stake if the Knicks fail in this quest. And, obviously, there's a chance we might not just be talking about Melo.
 2 years ago '04        #10956
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looks like Fish making his coaching debut in the summer league
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Kevin Love says the Knicks are a more attractive place now that Phil Jackson is in charge.

In an interview on ESPN’s "SportsNation," Love was asked about his thoughts on the Knicks.

"I think anytime you have Phil Jackson involved with any organization, you're going to definitely look at it," Love said. “And you know it's very intriguing. The Knicks are a place where I think anybody would like to go.”

Love intends to become an unrestricted free agent after this coming season and ESPN reported earlier that he has no interest in a contract extension with Minnesota.

That makes Love, who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last season, one of the most sought-after commodities on the trade market this offseason. Minnesota doesn't want to trade Love but certainly would not want to lose Love for nothing next summer.

The problem for the Knicks is that they simply lack the a.ssets to land Love if the Wolves opt to trade their star between this summer and the trading deadline for next season. The Wolves would likely want a high draft pick to go in any package and the Knicks’ next first-round pick is for 2018.

Another problem? Love wants to play for a contender.

"No matter what the outcome is, I just want to end up in a great place where I can win," Love said. "At the end of the day, I've played six years, haven't made the playoffs yet, that burns me and hurts my heart, so I really want to be playing."

But Love says Phil and his rings do make the Knicks more attractive these days.

“You mention LeBron James, he's the best player in the world another max contract guy, a guy that has won two and working on his third straight championship,” Love said. “So, yeah, anytime Phil Jackson is involved in different talks in an organization, you have to give it a second look.”
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Hahn

Derek Fisher was on the job for only a few hours before he threw down his first challenge as a coach to his player.

"Ultimately the decision to be great, to be part of something special, to want to be the best that you can be, is ultimately your choice," Fisher said regarding Carmelo Anthony's impending free agency.

"Carmelo is in a position as a player where that's his choice."

Free agency brings many great choices for Melo, just ask some in his inner circle that have been imploring him to leave New York for the better part of the past season.

There's the Bulls, who would have to carve up their roster and hope Derrick Rose is ready to play at an all-star level immediately after sitting out most of two seasons with knee injuries.

There's the Lakers, who would have to use up all of their cap space to sign him (and, remember, it's still Kobe's ball).

There's the Rockets, who have Melo's favorite point guard, Jeremy Lin and a star who is already grumbling about not getting enough touches in the offense (and, remember, it's James Harden's ball).

And then there's the Heat. My friend Brian Windhorst had an explosive report on ESPN.com that said Miami has been planning a move to add Melo as a fourth Musketeer. Even cap guru Larry **** got a headache trying to figure out how the Heat fit all four under the cap at reasonable cost and still field a team.

But this is all to be expected. It's all about competition and even if the Heat plan is far-fetched daydreaming, Pat Riley and his staff still creates pressure on his old friend Phil Jackson and the Knicks.

Jackson hoped Melo might keep his word and take less to give the Knicks more cap room to build. LeBron, Wade and Co. got wind of this and said, "Yo, if you're going to take less money, why not take it here?"

Melo doesn't want to leave New York. He's said that routinely. Those around him, however, are trying to convince him otherwise. Jackson and Fisher have their work cut out for them in this tug-of-war.

But all they need to do is convince him that they can get it done in New York where others have failed. And they can do it rather quickly.

After that, they'll leave it up to Melo to decide where he can be, as Fisher said, "part of something special."
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Amar’e Stoudemire is cooking up a recipe to return to All-Star status next season.

Stoudemire, on a book tour for his latest tome, “Cooking with Amar’e,’’ told The Post Thursday night his bonanza final two months in the starting lineup has him eyeing his seventh All-Star appearance in new coach Derek Fisher’s triangle attack.

“No doubt in my mind my goal is to get back to that level [of] just three short years ago,’’ Stoudemire said during the book signing in White Plains. “For sure, my goal is to return to the All-Star Game and compete or a championship in the postseason.’’

Stoudemire and Fisher have only texted, but the Knicks power forward — who stayed mostly injury-free last season — feels the triangle is right for him. The system relies on a big man who can post up, an area of Stoudemire’s game that has greatly improved.

“With the triangle offense, it’s probably the best situation for all of us,’’ Stoudemire said. “We get a good system we can run and stay consistent on. I’ve adjusted to any system I’ve played in. It won’t be a problem.’’

Nor is he worried Fisher is too green for the job after finishing up his playing career less than two weeks ago. Stoudemire refers to Phil Jackson as “president/coach’’ and “liaison.’’

“Definitely not worried at all,’’ Stoudemire said. “I feel he’ll put a great staff around him that will be great and has Phil as a liaison. Phil loves basketball. I’m sure he’s going to be around coaching us and schooling us during practice — which would be greatly appreciated. Learning from [Jackson] will be a high for most of us in our careers.’’

Stoudemire will soon meet with Fisher.

“I told him on text he had my full support,’’ said Stoudemire, who has now written six books, including a five-part children’s series. “I’m looking forward to sitting down and talking basketball. He’s been a solid basketball player on great teams.

“When you’re on great teams and championships teams you learn great habits, and those great habits will be great to learn from him because we’re trying to reach that championship plateau.’’
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Been saying since that Amare will thrive in the Triangle

Tyson needs to work on his post moves if he's gonna be here next year
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