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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ESPN Sources: Jackson and Knicks to Part Ways

According to ESPN: The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson will announce that they’re parting ways early Wednesday morning, sources told ESPN. Conversations about what was best for the team’s future between Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan accelerated this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out embattled forward Carmelo Anthony, sources said. Jackson, 71, had made it well known that he felt it was best for Anthony and the organization to part ways, both publicly and privately, but Anthony refused to waive his no-trade clause, and the Knicks were determined not to accommodate any …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.06.28)

[ESPN] Sources: Phil, Knicks to part ways Wednesday (Wednesday, June 28, 2017 3:06:00 AM) Sources: Phil, Knicks to part ways Wednesday [ESPN] Knicks’ interest in Rose ‘legitimate,’ sources say (Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:14:15 PM) Knicks’ interest in Rose ‘legitimate,’ sources say [ESPN] La La: Carmelo prefers to stay close to son (Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:07:51 PM) La La: Carmelo prefers to stay close to son [NYPost] James Dolan, Phil Jackson expected to part ways: reports (Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:50:43 PM) Knicks owner James Dolan is expected to let team president Phil Jackson go, according to multiple reports. …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.06.27)

[NYTimes] Russell Westbrook Wins M.V.P. at N.B.A. Awards (Tuesday, June 27, 2017 3:55:47 AM) Westbrook received the honor after a season in which he set a record with 42 triple-doubles. [NYTimes] D’Angelo Russell, Happy for a Fresh Start, Is Ready to Lead the Nets His Way (Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:19:09 AM) Criticized by the Lakers executive Magic Johnson for not playing a greater role in Los Angeles, Russell said he would lead by example in Brooklyn. [NYTimes] 8 Reasons the Big3 Might Succeed, and 6 Reasons It Might Fail (Monday, June 26, 2017 2:45:39 PM) Attendance at Barclays Center …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.06.26)

[SNY Knicks] JRSportBrief: Picking Frank Ntilikina (Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:15:35 PM) In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on, JR discusses the Knicks’ selection of French point guard Frank Ntilikina. [SNY Knicks] No. 44 selection Dotson ready to do whatever it takes for Knicks (Sunday, June 25, 2017 5:30:00 PM) The Knicks selected former Oregon and Houston guard Damyean Datson with the 44th overall pick in the NBA Draft. [NYTimes] Essay: At the Pride Parade, the N.B.A. Embraces Hard-Won Victories (Monday, June 26, 2017 1:15:59 AM) The league entered a float in the parade for a second consecutive year, …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.06.25)

[NYDN] From war-torn Rwanda to Knicks, the journey of Frank Ntilikina (Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:44:47 PM) To understand what truly drives Frank Ntilikina, one must travel back two decades and cross the Atlantic Ocean. [NYDN] With or without Porzingis, Phil’s in it for long haul with Knicks (Saturday, June 24, 2017 7:52:22 PM) Should the kid, Kristaps Porzingis, have attended an exit meeting with his boss after the Knicks’ season mercifully ended? Sure. [NYDN] Dolan happy as Jax takes the heat and Knick fans fill his wallet (Saturday, June 24, 2017 7:55:00 AM) The bet here is Garden boss …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.06.24)

[NYDN] Nigel Hayes, who called NYC dirty, has Knicks summer league deal (Friday, June 23, 2017 10:06:55 PM) Nigel Hayes, the Wisconsin product who trashed New York as “dirty” during the NCAA tournament, will play with the Knicks in summer league. [NYDN] Knicks sign Canyon Barry, Rick Barry’s son, to Summer League deal (Friday, June 23, 2017 10:05:27 PM) There’s finally an opportunity for a Barry to play for the Knicks. [NYDN] Charles Oakley thinks Porzingis was wrong to skip exit meeting (Friday, June 23, 2017 10:04:54 PM) Knicks legend Charles Oakley was always one to speak his mind. [NYDN] …continue reading

Knicks Draft Frank Ntilikina #8, Damyean Dotson #44, and Ognjen Jaramaz #58

The New York Knicks walked into the draft with the league abuzz about the prospect of the franchise doing something drastic and frankly devastating stupid. However the evening was a humdrum affair for New Yorkers, as the team selected two guards, and more importantly didn’t trade away their prize jewel. Let’s overlook the Porzingis-Jackson kerfuffle for now and concentrate on the two players the Knicks acquired. Although yours truly had hopes for Dennis Smith Jr., and the NC State guard was available at #8, Ntilikina offers a similar ray of hope for the team. I preferred Smith because he was …continue reading