Carmelo Anthony already had heaped praise on Phil Jackson earlier this week in Boston, while admitting that he’d like to sit down with the team’s new president of basketball operations before making a decision about his pending free agency.
Cue the homecoming music, as Phil Jackson officially — and finally — is returning to the Knicks as James Dolan’s latest front-office savior with the aim of ending the team’s 41-year championship drought.
James L. Dolan has been wrong about everything else since becoming the big boss of basketball at Madison Square Garden. Maybe he will be right about Phil Jackson. Dolan has tried to buy everything else, even his own newspaper. Now he even tries to buy the past.
Paul Pierce hates the Knicks like he hated the Lakers. So what does the Nets forward think about Phil Jackson joining James Dolan’s payroll? “I don’t talk about the Knicks,” he said at Brooklyn’s practice on Friday. “No Knicks questions. Ever.”
Phil Jackson’s arrival likely will put Mike Woodson’s job in jeopardy regardless of how the Knicks finish this season, but the defiant coach was not happy to see his name surface in a Daily News report on Friday regarding his alma mater, Indiana University.
James Dolan never got over losing LeBron James to Pat Riley and the Miami Heat in 2010. And he swore that it would never happen again. Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, believes that to get the superstars you need a star as your closer.
Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Saturday’s Knicks-Bucks game: Going streaking: Phil Jackson has dominated the news cycle for the past week or so. But the Knicks have dominated the court. They’ve won five in a row and are looking for their season-high sixth straight on Saturday afternoon against Milwaukee. The last time the Knicks played the Bucks, they lost in miserable fashion on Feb. 3. That loss was one of the worst in a stretch in which they lost 13 of 15.
Spencer Hawes had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers erase an 18-point first-half deficit on the way to a 103-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
After spraining his ankle, Chris Paul might have lost some quickness. He compensated with determination.
The San Antonio Spurs lamented the decline of the Los Angeles Lakers before playing their longtime rival.
With China as the big revenue prize, the National Basketball Association is steadily stoking interest and wooing fans across the region.
Danny Green had 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their ninth straight, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 119-85 on Friday night for their largest victory over their longtime rivals.
Paul George scored 25 points and David West had 18 to help the Indiana Pacers beat host Philadelphia, 101-94, sending the 76ers to their 19th straight loss.
Damian Lillard scored 27 points, Nicolas Batum added 22 and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a four-game skid while playing without All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 111-103 Friday night.
A year ago at this time, the Miami Heat couldn’t lose.
Goran Dragic scored 20 points and the Phoenix Suns scored the last seven to beat the cold-shooting Boston Celtics 87-80 Friday night.
The Charlotte Bobcats are turning into a difficult team to beat down the stretch, particularly at home.
John Wall had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Trevor Ariza added 21 points and 11 rebounds overall, and the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the Orlando Magic 105-101 in overtime Friday night.
Jonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 23 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 points and 12 assists against his former team and the Toronto Raptors won for the 11th time in 14 games Friday night, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 99-86.
The 76ers have a catchy anthem they play at every home game, a decades-old tune with a chorus the fans belt out: “1-2-3-4-5-Sixers.”
The winner of 11 N.B.A. titles as coach of the Bulls and the Lakers, Phil Jackson brings instant credibility to a franchise that desperately needs it.
Even if Phil Jackson cannot build the Knicks into a champion, the team’s owner, James L. Dolan, is likely to be blamed for the resulting chaos.
Phil Jackson won NBA titles as a player and a coach. He’ll now try winning as an executive.