Happy Phil Jackson Day!Today, the Knicks will usher in the Jackson era with a press conference at 11 a.m. Jackson should face a bunch of questions pertaining to how he wants and plans to change the Knicks. Among the many questions will be what he wants to do with Carmelo Anthony, who will opt out of his contract and become a free agent. Does Jackson want Anthony back for all that money? If so, how does he plan to build around Melo? And does Melo need to change or alter his game in any way, like Jackson got Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to do in stops in Chicago and Los Angeles?
Carmelo Anthony still has not spoken with Phil Jackson, acknowledging that Tuesday “probably will be my first day” when the Knicks finally introduce the Hall of Famer as their new president of basketball operations.
Phil Jackson’s new office at the MSG Training Center is ready for his big chair, the oversized, throne-like piece of furniture he used to sit in and tower over everyone from when he coached the Lakers.
Phil Jackson, who won 11 championships as a coach and two more as a player under his mentor Red Holzman, will be introduced on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden as the president of basketball operations for a Knicks franchise that last won a title when Jackson played for them.
Does anyone expect Phil Jackson to look out at the notebooks and cameras assembled Tuesday for his Gulag coronation and say: “I won’t be talking to you much anymore. I have taken an oath, like all who have come before me, to abide by Mr. Dolan’s media policy. If you have any questions, ask Steve Mills.”
Steve Kerr says that having his name linked to the Knicks head coaching job is “awkward” but Kerr did not rule out the possibility of him becoming Phil Jackson’s first significant hire.
Blake Griffin shouldered the blame for his team faltering down the stretch.
The Orlando Magic signed center Dewayne Dedmon for the remainder of the regular season.
The Nets easily defeated the Suns for their ninth home win in a row, the longest streak at Barclays Center.
Dirk Nowitzki led another balanced scoring effort with 19 points, and the Dallas Mavericks opened a franchise-record eight-game homestand by holding on for a 94-89 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
Kevin Durant finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 97-85 on Monday night.
After Philadelphia’s latest loss gave the 76ers their longest skid in franchise history, coach Brett Brown insisted he doesn’t dwell on the streak.
Terrence Jones scored 30 points and the Houston Rockets ended a three-game skid with their most lopsided victory of the season, a 124-86 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
Deron Williams scored 28 points and even dunked for the first time this season, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 108-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night that extended their home winning streak to nine.
Paul Millsap scored 28 points, and the Atlanta Hawks snapped the Charlotte Bobcats’ eight-game home winning with a 97-83 victory Monday night.
After a 36-year absence, Phil Jackson is set to return to the Knicks, and the list of challenges awaiting him is long.
Kyrie Irving has been knocked out by an injury again, and it’s really painful for the Cavaliers.