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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Knicks Morning News (2016.05.06)

[New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Knicks’ Coaching Options Are Clear, Except Maybe to Phil Jackson (Fri, 06 May 2016 00:45:25 GMT) Phil Jackson has some interesting choices as he ponders the question of naming the Knicks’ next coach. [New York Times] Raptors 96, Heat 92, Overtime | Series Tied, 1-1: Raptors Muster Late Surge to Outlast Heat in Overtime (Fri, 06 May 2016 04:27:50 GMT) DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat, 96-92. [New York Times] Stephen Curry Is Not Likely to Play Game 3 …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.05.05)

[New York Times] Roundup: Cavaliers Bury the Hawks With a Record 25 3-Pointers (Thu, 05 May 2016 03:15:43 GMT) The Cavaliers made 18 3-pointers in the first half and added seven more after halftime to embarrass the visiting Hawks, who have lost 10 straight postseason games to Cleveland. [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Kennedy Meeks Out of the Draft (Thu, 05 May 2016 03:15:44 GMT) North Carolina’s Meeks will withdraw from the N.B.A. draft and return for his senior season. [New York Times] Former Lakers Coach Byron Scott ‘Shocked’ Over Firing (Thu, 05 May 2016 10:18:35 GMT) Former …continue reading

The Perception of Phil Jackson Matters

Knicks president Phil Jackson has once again garnered attention for his unconventional ways. The Zen Master is taking a leisurely trip to Montana as New York sits around with no head coach in place and the draft plus free agency rapidly approaching. Always amazed where one finds good thai.#Sioux City — Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) May 4, 2016 “Curly”moment. — Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) May 5, 2016 I asked ESPN’s Amin Elhassan, who used to work in the Suns front office, when is the typical time for front office executives go to go on vacation and this was his response:  …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.05.04)

[New York Times] Warriors Storm Back From 17-Point Deficit and Take 2-0 Lead (Wed, 04 May 2016 05:36:39 GMT) Klay Thompson scored 27 points and gave Golden State its first lead of the game against Portland on a 3-pointer with 5 minutes 33 seconds left. [New York Times] No Points in Chaotic 13.5 Seconds, but Five Missed Calls, the N.B.A. Says (Wed, 04 May 2016 05:42:41 GMT) The Thunder escaped from San Antonio with a 98-97 victory in an intense and highly entertaining game, evening the series at 1-1. [New York Times] Roundup: Heat Prevail in Overtime After Raptors Tie …continue reading


Anyone who’s discussed the Knickerbockers with me, either in person or online, understands that I’m a big believer in Phil Jackson. I recognize that there’s a pretty stark division in the ranks of Knickerbockerdom between supporters of Phil and detractors. Put simply, there’s a camp who believe Phil Jackson is ill-suited to his current role, despite his success as a coach. These folks point to his various lukewarm personnel decisions, and his adherence to the Triangle offense, as symbols of his inflexibility and mediocrity as team president. The other camp is generally characterized by the sense that Jackson is moving …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.05.03)

[New York Times] Roundup: Thunder Hand Spurs a Rare Home Loss and Even Their Series (Tue, 03 May 2016 04:40:05 GMT) Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists for Oklahoma City, which bounced back from a 32-point loss to San Antonio in Game 1. [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Liberty Gain a Star Guard (Tue, 03 May 2016 03:27:57 GMT) The Liberty acquired the All-Star point guard Shoni Schimmel from the Atlanta Dream for a 2017 second-round draft pick. [New York Times] Warriors Determined to Set Defensive Tone Again in Game 2 (Tue, 03 May 2016 …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.05.02)

[New York Times] Back to the Drawing Board for Thunder Against Spurs (Mon, 02 May 2016 06:18:32 GMT) There was a possession where LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed a defensive rebound, outlet-passed to Manu Ginobili, who then turned and fired a 70-foot strike to Kawhi Leonard for a dunk. [New York Times] Heat Off to the Second Round, and Deng a Big Reason Why (Mon, 02 May 2016 06:12:31 GMT) Luol Deng’s role with the Miami Heat changed out of necessity in February, when the team lost Chris Bosh for the second consecutive season to a blood clot at the All-Star break. …continue reading