Knicks Morning News (2016.04.12)

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Kurt Rambis will be back next season (in some fashion) (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:40:43 -0400)

    INDIANAPOLIS — Whether Kurt Rambis is Knicks head coach for the last time Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse hasn't been determined. What has been determined is Rambis will return in some capacity next season — whether as offensive coordinator or assistant general manager, according to sources. That's part of the reason Rambis talks about the…

  • [New York Times] Rockets Home In on Playoff Zone After Early Turbulence (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:00:28 GMT)

    Houston Rockets scripted a stunning turnaround to stand one win away from salvaging their once-shaky playoff hopes following a tumultuous season.

  • [New York Times] Injury-Riddled Grizzlies Grinding Their Way Into Postseason (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:03:43 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies are about to make NBA history in a season where they took their mantra of grit and grind to the extreme.

  • [New York Times] ‘Other’ Curry Has Big Night in Kings’ Victory Over Suns (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 04:54:46 GMT)

    Seth Curry had 20 points and tripled his previous career best with 15 assists and the depleted Sacramento Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 105-101 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic Dominant at Times, Beat Bucks in Home Finale, 107-98 (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 04:27:34 GMT)

    Mario Hezonja has certainly had challenges during his rookie season with the Orlando Magic.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Cruise Past Hawks to Clinch Top Seed in the East (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:47:05 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 34 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving added 35, and Cleveland ensured it would have home-court advantage until the N.B.A. finals.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Clinch Playoff Spot With 101-92 Win Over Jazz (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:33:40 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 and the Dallas Mavericks clinched the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a 101-92 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night, leaving one remaining postseason slot.

  • [New York Times] LeBron, Cavs Clinch Top Seed in East With Win Over Hawks (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:19:01 GMT)

    LeBron James did all he could to downplay getting the No. 1 seed.

  • [New York Times] Jimmy Butler Scores 23 Points as Bulls Beat Pelicans 121-116 (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:13:18 GMT)

    Jimmy Butler scored 12 of his 23 points in the last six minutes and the short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the injury-riddled New Orleans Pelicans 121-116 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Harden, Howard Keep Rockets Alive With Win Over Wolves (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 02:42:43 GMT)

    James Harden scored 34 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and eight rebounds to keep the Houston Rockets’ playoff hopes alive with a 129-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Lin Has 25 Points to Send Hornets to 114-100 Rout Over Celts (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 02:12:31 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin scored 19 of his 25 points in Charlotte’s big second quarter, carrying the Hornets to a 114-100 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Score First 20, Pull Away Late to Beat Nets 120-111 (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 02:09:38 GMT)

    Ramon Sessions had 21 points and 12 assists, and the Washington Wizards recovered after blowing all of their 20-0 lead to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 120-111 on Monday night.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Another exit in early April weighs on Melo (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:27:15 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: Another exit in early April weighs on Melo

  • [ – New York Knicks] Sources: Knicks interested in ex-Cavs coach Blatt (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:36:28 EST)

    Sources: Knicks interested in ex-Cavs coach Blatt

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    INDIANAPOLIS — Whether Kurt Rambis is Knicks head coach for the last time Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse hasn’t been determined. What has been determined is Rambis will return in some capacity next season — whether as offensive coordinator or assistant general manager, according to sources.

    “assistant GM”


    Make him assistant to the traveling secretary.

    They better lock Rambis down, though. If he is not under long term contract, teams will be beating down the Knicks’ door to steal him away.

    In all seriousness, I really don’t care if he gets bumped up to another job so long as he isn’t the head coach.

    Assistant GM is the PJ version of the “grooming” of Allan Houston by Dolan and Isaiah

    It’s just frustrating to see Phil verbally commit to “changing the culture” and then engage in cronyism by another name. It’s the same exact thing we got from Dolan/CAA/Isaiah.

    That being said, yeah, worst case scenario is that he becomes head coach (unless he’s given real power/consideration as an assistant executive.)

    From Harvey Araton at NYT

    Jackson cannot continue to be so stubborn as not to understand that he owes greater flexibility on this issue to his players, to his fan base and to Dolan.

    But until the next personnel phase happens in July, and given what are thought to be Jackson’s preconditions, who even knows at this point how many coaches besides Rambis would want the job?

    The best we can say about Rambis’s credentials is that he would probably be a much more cooperative shepherd across another rebuilding season of learning and losing.

    In other words, when friendship and familiarity are your principal qualifications, you are pretty much a candidate of last resort.

    If I recall correctly, Araton got one of the first real sit-downs with Phil, which probably implies that Phil respects him somewhat. I really hope so.

    The Assistant GM role would be fine with me. It does sound like Rambis and Phil are really really close (Jeannie and Rambis’s wife are friends, they’re friends for decades, etc. etc.) and so perhaps a title without any real decision making power would be a reasonable “letdown” for Rambis. Rambis seems like a nice guy, and 5th in the pecking order behind Dolan, Phil, Mills, and Melo seems pretty harmless.

    But yes – this is cronyism, pure and simple. This is the FO version of Chris Smith – giving a plum job to a guy who has done nothing to merit it. It’s even worse than Chris Smith in that Rambis has been given a lot of opportunity to show he is worthy of a position of power, and has failed time and again.

    (yes, I realize I wrote a whole post yesterday wondering whether we’ve been to hard on Rambis. That was just for discussion)

    isola can be a pain in the butt sometimes but he is absolutely right on with this article

    I highly highly doubt that difficulty with the Chicago FO is the reason for Phil not considering Thibs. For pete’s sake, Phil clashed all the time with FOs both in LA and Chicago. The most likely reason (to me) is that Dolan won’t let him hire Thibs because Thibs was Isola’s leak back in the JVG days, and we all know how Dolan feels about people who leak stuff to the media.

    There is no question that Thibs is the most qualified coach, other than perhaps JVG who has already shown he can win in NYC. Defense, player development, and HE WANTS TO BE HERE.

    Earth to Phil – put your ego down and do what’s best for the franchise. Hire Rambis as your assistant GM and you guys can smoke peyote in the bowels of MSG as much as you want. But hire the most qualified coach, the most proven winner available on the market (other than yourself). Free agents will want to come here with a proven coach running things, not an obvious puppet who talks a big game only because he rode your coattails. Rambis is not respected around the league, and given high NYC taxes and the media climate, why would anyone want to come play for Rambis rather than for a team in a low-tax state who has a real coach?

    Rambis as assistant GM would involve him getting coffee for Phil and function as a pretty basic reassignment for a guy who still has a contract in a role where he wouldn’t have a ton of individual authority. It really wouldn’t matter.

    Hiring Thibs doesn’t just boil down to Phil anyways. Dolan being butt hurt about him being Isola’s source has to be a major check mark against him.

    lol Berman is backpedaling like crazy from his previous article saying that Rambis is the frontrunner:

    @NYPost_Berman: Rambo will be back with #Knicks (in some capacity)

    Feels likely to me that Berman is being used by Phil for whatever purpose. Maybe it’s mostly for Rambis — ie. Phil REALLY wants to hire Rambis but look how much opposition there is.

    If Phil is going to insist on keeping his guys around then I’d rather them be on his staff then forced down the throat of whoever the next coach will be. Most serious coaching candidates are going to want/expect to name at least the majority of their own staff, not inherit a bunch of triangle retreads. If Phil is determined to keep Rambis in the mix let him be Phil’s problem.

    One year, just one year, I would love it if we didn’t face conversations about who we desperately need to pick up and what coach should the Knicks be looking to hire.
    Just once.
    Forever rebuilding. Forever looking for the next coach. Forever proposals to rehire people from bygone days. It’s exhausting and demeaning and a giant waste of time.
    MSG is no basketball Mecca. It may have been once, maybe in the early 70s, but now it’s just a self-aggrandizing tale of woe and insecurity. It seems the worse the Knicks are the more you hear of the Mecca.
    They don’t want to hire Thibs because he has trouble working with management??? What about the smiling weasel who was found sexual harassment, who cratered and mortgaged the team’s future, who made the Knicks a punchline? He’s hired.
    Phil appears to want to have flunkies. He wants to hire guys from his bygone days, who he hopes will show the world that his system was what made the Bulls and Lakers great, not necessarily Michael, Scotty, Kobe and Shaq.
    Thibs is not a flunky.
    The selection seems quite obvious.

    Welp, if Thibs was in fact Isola’s source back then, it’s time for me to start petitioning the basketball gods for David Blatt.

    Phil changing his mind on matters of favoritism is more likely than Dolan forgiving someone for leaking to the media.

    Thanks for posting the Araton article, Frank.

    I was intrigued by this quote:

    The more we learn about Fisher’s season and a half on the Knicks’ bench, the more obvious it is how torn he was between being a Jackson guy and his own man.

    I’ve been out of the loop. What have we really learned since Fisher was fired?

    I’ve learned that none of you philistines appreciates a good True Romance joke.

    Never underestimate the power of cronyism. It is rampant in all levels of human endeavor.

    Phil wants Walton. The only question is, can he get him?

    No comments on the Mark Jackson rumors?

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