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Phil Jackson: Carmelo Can Play Jordan, Kobe Role In Triangle If He Doesn't Hog Ball

Dec 7, 2016 10:41 AM

Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony can play the "role that Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant played" in their teams' triangle offenses, but he believes that Anthony sometimes breaks a team rule by holding on to the ball for too long.

"Carmelo a lot of times wants to hold the ball longer than -- we have a rule: If you hold a pass two seconds, you benefit the defense. So he has a little bit of a tendency to hold it for three, four, five seconds, and then everybody comes to a stop," Jackson said in an interview with CBS Sports Network that aired Tuesday. "That is one of the things we work with. But he's adjusted to [the triangle], he knows what he can do and he's willing to see its success."

Jackson's comments were prompted by a question about whether Anthony can fit in the triangle offense. Jackson made it clear he believes Anthony can.

"He can play that role that Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant played," Jackson said. "It's a perfect spot for him to be in that isolated position on the weak side, because it's an overload offense and there's a weakside man that always has an advantage if the ball is swung."

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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LeBron James Not Interested In Meeting With Phil Jackson About Comments

Dec 6, 2016 1:07 PM

LeBron James says he has no interest in discussing Phil Jackson's "posse" comments while he's in town this week to play the New York Knicks.

"No," James said flatly when asked if he'd entertain a conversation with Jackson.

When asked to reflect on the discussion that his response to Jackson prompted, James brought up the racial undertones that he believed were part of Jackson's "posse" characterization.

"Didn't affect me, just know how much further we still have to go and how far we still have to go as African-Americans, even in the light of today," James said. "For me, I've built my career on and off the floor on the utmost respect, and I've always given the utmost respect to everyone -- all my peers, people that's laid the path for me and laid the path for coaches, players, things of that nature.

"I've always given respect to them, and it's always, like I told you before, it's always shade thrown on me, so. It means we got a lot more work to do, myself and the team. We've got to continue to protect each other and continue to just be as great as we can be."

James and business partner Maverick Carter were critical of Jackson's comments when he retold a story about James' days with the Miami Heat.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA

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Derrick Rose Would Like To Spend Remainder Of Career With Knicks

Dec 2, 2016 5:23 PM

Derrick Rose has played better than many expected so far with the New York Knicks.

Rose is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason but he has interest in remaining with the Knicks.

"Finding out how we’re going to win games, we got 10 new people on the team—it’s not like they had a foundation here and we came right into it," said Rose. "We’re building the culture. We’re building the foundation now. I’m under a one-year contract so of course I want to play the rest of my life here. But it takes time, it takes patience to figure out how everyone is going to fit, if it is going to fit and going from there."

Rose was also asked about how the Knicks are developing chemistry.

"It’s taking time, man," said Rose. "Everyone is getting comfortable with each other and figure out a new system without making things hard for each other on the floor. Of course, I can’t play the same way I played in Chicago with this team, like coming out and firing right away. I’ll look dumb shooting all those shots I shot in Chicago with this team and with the talent we have with this team. It’s about being patient, taking our time and letting it all click. At some point in the season, I know I’ll be able to play the way I normally know how to play. First we gotta learn how to win."

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Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kristaps Porzingis Not Worried If Knicks Are His Team Or Carmelo's

Dec 1, 2016 11:44 AM

Kristaps Porzingis is not paying attention to talk about whether the New York Knicks are his team or Carmelo Anthony's team.

“I don’t really react to it,” Porzingis said Tuesday. “That’s not something I’m worried about. I read social media and Twitter and all that. But a lot of that is just in and out. And I don’t really pay attention to it. It doesn’t really matter. All that really matters is [to] win games. And as long as we’re winning it’s not going to be a debate about whose team is it or whatever. So that’s the main focus.”

Porzingis has said that Anthony helps his production on the court.

Porzingis is averaging 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists this season with a PER of 22.0.

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Knicks Open To Discussing Derrick Rose Extension Later In Season

Nov 29, 2016 2:36 PM

While the New York Knicks have not approached Derrick Rose about an extension, they have not ruled it out for later in the season.

Rose will be a free agent this offseason after making $21.3 million in the final season of his deal.

The Knicks want to make sure Rose's body holds up this season and are prepared to pay more this summer if necessary.

If he signs an extension now, next season’s salary would begin at $23 million. His wage would go to $24.6 million in Year 2 and $26.2 million in Year 3 to give him $75 million in total over three seasons.

Rose's starting max salary if he waits for the offseason could be as high as $29 million.

“I haven’t talked to them about it,’’ Rose told The Post. “It’s been more about winning games. We’ll see. I’m more concerned with trying to win games, but it’s something I’d have to talk about with my family and team.’’

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Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Derrick Rose Comfortable With His MVP 'Vintage' Being Gone

Nov 23, 2016 1:07 PM

Derrick Rose has become content with where he is now in his career and isn't chasing his pre-injury MVP form.

“That vintage is gone, man,” Rose said late Tuesday night. “I told you the question should be: Can I hoop? It shouldn’t be like, 'He’s playing like his old self. Like, if I can hoop, I can hoop. No matter if I did that when I was younger or now, I can play the game of basketball.”

Rose tore the ACL in his right knee in 2012 and twice tore the meniscus in his right knee (2014, 2015).

“Your whole life, you’re used to a 1-2 rhythm,” Rose said. “You have one injury, and that kind of resets everything. Let alone you have three, and you’ve got to find your 1-2 -- how high you want to jump on your shot, how high you want to jump on your 3s. All those little things count. Like, this entire time, these three or four years, I’m playing catch-up.”

“I don’t think he would ever be the same Derrick Rose, coming down and dunking,” Carmelo Anthony said. “But he’ll be great at being a different type of player now. That’s kind of what he’s showing.”

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Carmelo Anthony Doesn't Understand Why Phil Jackson Is Talking About LeBron In November

Nov 15, 2016 2:38 PM

Carmelo Anthony responded to comments from Phil Jackson in which he described LeBron James' business partners as his "posse."

"There's different words that different people use in different ways," said Anthony. "To some people, the word posse might not mean anything but to some other people it could be a derogatory statement. It all depends on who you're mentioning it to, who you're talking about, in that sense. In this sense, he was talking about five black men and their situation.

"Do I think he meant it any kind of way? I really know know. I don't think he did. I would hope that he didn't.

"Sometimes Phil just says things and he says the first thing that comes to mind and then probably is in his office right now regretting it. I don't know. When it comes to Phil, you just never know what's going to be said, what's coming out. It depends on who's listening. People take it the right way or people take it the wrong way.

"I just don't understand him talking about LeBron right now, in November. I don't understand that."

Anthony was also asked whether he'd want his friend group to be called a posse.

"I would never want to hear that word about me and my -- I don't want to saw crew but - people I consider family and I've come up with and been through thick and thin," said Anthony. "I would want to be called a tight-knit group or a family but that's what I consider those people to me."

Anthony also believes "posse" is an offensive word.

"I think anybody would understand that. Anybody. I don't think you have to be a rocket scientist or an educated person to understand kind of what that means to us."

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA

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LeBron James 'Had Nothing But Respect' For Phil Jackson 'Until Now'

Nov 15, 2016 12:29 PM

Phil Jackson's remarks about LeBron James and his "posse" has received condemnation from Maverick Carter and has also now caused James to lose respect in the current president of the New York Knicks Knicks.

"Zero," James said when asked if he had any previous ties to Jackson. "No relationship at all. I had nothing but respect for him as a coach for what he was able to do. Obviously he was at the helm of (the team featuring) my favorite player of all time, (Michael Jordan), and also being there growing up and watching him with the Lakers, but I got nothing for him."

Q: "Had respect?"

LeBron: "Yeah."

Q: "Until now?"

LeBron: "Yeah."

Jackson made the remarks during a wide ranging interview with Jackie Macmullan.

"It had to hurt when they lost LeBron," Jackson said. "That was definitely a slap in the face. But there were a lot of little things that came out of that. When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland, and he wanted to spend the night. They don't do overnights. Teams just don't. So now [coach Erik] Spoelstra has to text Riley and say, 'What do I do in this situation?' And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, 'You are on the plane. You are with this team.' You can't hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.

"I always thought Pat had this really nice vibe with his guys. But something happened there where it broke down. I do know LeBron likes special treatment. He needs things his way."


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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA

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Maverick Carter Troubled By Coded Language Of Phil Jackson's 'Posse' Comment

Nov 14, 2016 10:40 PM

Maverick Carter took exception to how Phil Jackson labeled the business associates of LeBron James as a "posse."

"I don't care that he talks about LeBron," Carter said. "He could say he's not that good or the greatest in the world as a basketball player. I wouldn't care. It's the word 'posse' and the characterization I take offense to. If he would have said LeBron and his agent, LeBron and his business partners or LeBron and his friends, that's one thing. Yet because you're young and black, he can use that word. We're grown men."

Carter has been involved in James' business ventures for more than a decade. Carter is based in Los Angeles, where he oversees the entertainment aspects of James' off-court interest.

Jackson made the statement while revisiting the departure of James from the Miami Heat.

"It had to hurt when they lost LeBron," Jackson said. "That was definitely a slap in the face. But there were a lot of little things that came out of that. When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland, and he wanted to spend the night. They don't do overnights. Teams just don't. So now [coach Erik] Spoelstra has to text Riley and say, 'What do I do in this situation?' And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, 'You are on the plane. You are with this team.' You can't hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.

"I always thought Pat had this really nice vibe with his guys. But something happened there where it broke down. I do know LeBron likes special treatment. He needs things his way."

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA

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Phil Jackson Insists Opt-Out In Deal Was For Lockout, Not Lakers

Nov 14, 2016 11:11 AM

Phil Jackson was asked about how he's handled the adversity the New York Knicks have faced since he became president of the club.

While the Knicks have drafted Kristaps Porzingis and re-signed Carmelo Anthony, they have yet to reach the playoffs as they're stuck between win-now mode and building for the future.

"I knew the parameters of what would go on from years of playing in series against the Knicks," said Jackson. "I remember all the barbs. It's a process of sticking to my beliefs and being able to say, 'Whatever.' This is what I was hired to do. I'm going to follow the plan and if it doesn't work out, it will be evident."

Jackson was also asked about the opt-out clause in his contract after the 16-17 season and whether he plans to exercise it.

"I have not entertained that. I'm looking for this Knicks team to get back into a situation where they are competitive. Do I have to win a championship before I feel I've done the job I've been asked to do, which is to bring this group back to that competitive level? No, I don't. We're starting to make progress. I like a lot of the things we are doing here. But we've got more to do."

Jackson has been linked to a return to the Los Angeles Lakers at various points during his tenure with the Knicks.

"They're moving forward in the right direction," said Jackson. "Luke (Walton) has them engaged, Brian (Shaw) is an associate head coach; they have a core group of guys that will get it done. It was never important to me to go back and be a part of that. Especially not now. I have this job, this commitment."

Jackson explained the opt-out clause was related to a potential lockout in 2017 that now appears unlikely.

"The real issue with the opt out was simply my rationale regarding the (potential) lockout. If it was going to happen in December and everybody chose to walk away, there was no way I was going to sit in New York for three, four months when I didn't have a job, because (the players) aren't even allowed to show up to work. So, in that case, I would go back to L.A."

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Knicks Place Kurt Rambis In Charge Of Defense
The Knicks rank last in the NBA in defensive efficiency at 114.5 points per 100 possessions.

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Phil Jackson Upset By Knicks Infrequently Running Triangle Sets
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Carmelo: Admit It Or Not, Pick-And-Roll Is Way Game Is Played These Days
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