Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Jun 16 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] Zen Master rips Knicks, says Melo-Amar’e ‘don’t fit’ (Sat, 16 Jun 2012 07:00:50 GMT)

    Phil Jackson who won 11 NBA titles as a coach says he wasn’t interested in taking the helm of Jim Dolan’s “clumsy” Knicks. In an “HBO Real Sports” interview, Jackson says he was glad Dolan never called.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: LeBron James Chips Away at Notoriety (Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:10:07 GMT)

    The knock on LeBron James has been his failure to deliver at crunch time. He seems intent on changing that perception in these N.B.A. finals.

  • [New York Times] In Duel of Stars, Heat’s LeBron James Gains an Early Edge (Sat, 16 Jun 2012 07:00:09 GMT)

    LeBron James and Kevin Durant have played to a virtual statistical tie in the first two games of the N.B.A. finals, but the Heat got the split they wanted in Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: N.B.A. Finals — T.V. Ratings Up Seven Percent From Last Year (Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:45:03 GMT)

    The first two games of the N.B.A. Finals have so far attracted more viewers than any finals since ESPN and ABC’s current deal with the league began in 2002-03, according to Nielsen.

  • [New York Times] Finals Makes Thundering Return to Miami (Sat, 16 Jun 2012 00:13:46 GMT)

    Thunder rumbled over Miami on Friday, but it was just the meteorological variety the city is accustomed to and not the young Oklahoma City Thunder, who have come to town to vie with the Miami Heat for the NBA title.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Phil Jackson Says He Would Not Have Wanted to Coach Knicks (Sat, 16 Jun 2012 01:56:07 GMT)

    Phil Jackson views the Knicks as a flawed team and says he would have turned down the franchise had it offered him the head coaching job.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Ratings for N.B.A. Finals Remain High (Sat, 16 Jun 2012 01:57:17 GMT)

    The first two games of the N.B.A. finals attracted more viewers than any finals since ESPN and ABC’s current deal with the league began in 2002-03.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Why the Thunder’s Starting Lineup Isn’t Working (Sat, 16 Jun 2012 00:13:12 GMT)

    Scott Brooks’s reluctance to change his starting lineup has given the Miami Heat the upper hand in the N.B.A. finals.

  • [New York Post] Phil calls Knicks â??clumsy’ (Sat, 16 Jun 2012 04:30:19 -0500)

    Sour grapes?
    Coaching legend Phil Jackson says in an upcoming HBO interview he would not have taken the Knicks job because he believed the Carmelo Anthony-Amar’e Stoudemire pairing has made for a “clumsy team.”
    However, later in the interview, which will air Tuesday on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel…

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    14 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Jun 16 2012)”

    1. “Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s gotta play in a certain system and a way.

      “Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together.”

      This is 100% accurate.

    2. so sounds like Brandon Roy is planning a comeback. Is he going to be a FA or will he have to go back to the Blazers? And if a FA, how much will he get? He probably can’t play more than 20 min/game at best given the chronic nature of his knee issue.

    3. Not surprising at all. Phil Jackson is an overrated coach. After lucking into being Jordan’s coach, he only has to coach sure things. I mean, is there any planet on which Greg Pop doesn’t easily match Phil’s accomplishments when he has the same caliber of player. I suppose he’s good, but it’s really hard to separate from the unfathomable talent he’s had to work with. The key grip on the Best Picture winner is the best key grip in Hollywood.

    4. Phil is right here. What happened to Mr Pringles when he asked Melo to start to do right things. Dolan is the biggest problem right now. PJ doesn’t need to mr Dolan to tell him what to do and Dolan doesen’t want to hear the truth. Fire Dolan!

    5. Frank:
      so sounds like Brandon Roy is planning a comeback.Is he going to be a FA or will he have to go back to the Blazers?

      Roy was amnestied. (Is there a rule barring amnestied players from returning to the team that amnestied them?)

    6. I could be wrong but I believe you had to wait 1 year after being amnestied to re-sign with the team that amnestied you. Don’t know if “1 year” means 12 months or means “beginning of next season” due to the lockout.

    7. Kevin McElroy:
      I could be wrong but I believe you had to wait 1 year after being amnestied to re-sign with the team that amnestied you.Don’t know if “1 year” means 12 months or means “beginning of next season” due to the lockout.

      It seems obvious that this would be the case. Like if Billups had cleared waivers, we could have just re-signed him at thieves minimum, right?

    8. Z: It seems obvious that this would be the case. Like if Billups had cleared waivers, we could have just re-signed him at thieves minimum, right?

      We COULDN’T have just resigned him…

    9. formido: Not surprising at all. Phil Jackson is an overrated coach. After lucking into being Jordan’s coach, he only has to coach sure things.

      You should be banned from this site for the stupidity of this statement. As a coach, the man has won eleven championships.

      But what does he know?
      You have a better idea – Melo should keep ball stopping and ball hogging the ball. That will get them far.

    10. Bill Simmons had a series of tweets this afternoon that said his inside sources said that Jackson was lying, he wanted to coach the Knicks and Dolan just never asked him.

    11. Jackson was not the right guy for this team. Regardless of how it went down, Dolan would have just been throwing money away like he did on Larry Brown.

      On another note, I heard Clyde as a guest on Michael Kay say that he had Shump in his restaurant and that Shump said he is aiming to be back on January 1.

    12. Gonna be interesting to see what the Knicks do at SG regardless of what JR Smith does. There has been alot of Ray Allen to NY rumors but cant imagine how they would sign him if they lose the bird rights case and have to use their exemptions to re-sign Lin and possibly Novak. Dont see Allen only getting bi-annual exemption offers.

    13. so sounds like Brandon Roy is planning a comeback. Is he going to be a FA or will he have to go back to the Blazers? And if a FA, how much will he get? He probably can’t play more than 20 min/game at best given the chronic nature of his knee issue.

      He can’t return to the Blazers until the 2014-15 season. Roy would be a great fit for a team on the vet minimum. Let him prove himself and then see if he can get a big contract from someone. I’d love him on the Knicks if I had any good news about his knee at all.

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