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Associate: Being GM 'Really Different' For Phil Jackson

May 4, 2016 10:26 PM

The New York Knicks remain without a head coach and Phil Jackson is in no rush to interview more candidates.

Jackson was in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday and is on a trip with his brother to Idaho.

Jackson is collecting his thoughts as he continues to consider Kurt Rambis the frontrunner.

“Still thinking it through,” one Jackson associate told The Post. “He’s always been such a quick thinker — always three, four steps ahead of everybody else. But that’s as coach. Being the executive is really different for him.”

Jackson is also considering David Blatt, while Frank Vogel could soon also be available.

“If you’re heading into free agency with Rambis on July 1, I want to get him named and let all the noise settle down before the selling begins,” the Jackson associate said.

Carmelo Anthony would like Jackson to talk to multiple candidates.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Carmelo Anthony Wants Next Knicks' Coach To Hold Players Accountable

May 3, 2016 5:37 PM

Carmelo Anthony revealed the type of head coach he hopes the New York Knicks hire this offseason.

“I think being able to hold guys accountable, but also having a relationship with the player,” Anthony said. “Kind of seeing things from a players’ perspective as well as a coach’s perspective. I think if you can build that camaraderie between a coach and a player, I think you’re onto something. 

“You have to be willing to do that [seeing it from a players’ view], you have to be willing to accept that as a coach. It can be hard being a coach and accepting the fact that sometimes I have to see things from an athlete’s perspective, that can be hard. That’s like an ego play.”

If the Knicks don't retain Kurt Rambis, Anthony will be playing for his fifth head coach since joining the Knicks in 2011.

Anthony would like to be consulted on who the Knicks hire.

“I just want to see the proper procedure gone through, the proper process, we give everybody a shot to come in and say what they have to say and see if you like that person or not,’’ Anthony told Complex. “So it’s hard for me to say I want this person or I want that person.’’

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Kristaps Porzingis Won't Play For Latvia In Olympic Qualifying

May 2, 2016 11:58 AM

Kristaps Porzingis won't participate in qualifying for the Olympics this summer with the Latvian national team.

The tournament will take place one month before the start of the Olympics.

The New York Knicks will retain more control over the training and conditioning of Porzingis this summer.

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David Blatt Meets With Phil Jackson About Knicks' Job

Apr 27, 2016 11:56 AM

David Blatt and Phil Jackson have met to discuss the New York Knicks' head coaching job.

Blatt and Kurt Rambis are the only known candidates so far, while Jackson is believed to have some degree of interest in Luke Walton.

Blatt was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers shortly before the All-Star break.

Rambis finished the season as interim head coach of the Knicks, replacing Derek Fisher.

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Knicks Have Trade Interest In Darren Collison

Apr 23, 2016 10:42 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in trading for Darren Collison.

Collison is scheduled to make $5.2 million next season with the Sacramento Kings.

It is unclear if the Knicks have the sufficient trade assets to make a deal with the Kings for Collison.

The Knicks previously had interest in trading for Jeff Teague.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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Carmelo Anthony Skips Phil Jackson's Triangle Workshop

Apr 22, 2016 11:51 AM

Carmelo Anthony was not one of the 10 New York Knicks who attended Phil Jackson's triangle workshop held Tuesday and Wednesday.

The film and oncourt demonstration sessions were a season review of the same concepts that have already been taught and nothing new.

Attendees were rookies Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant, second-year men Cleanthony Early and Langston Galloway and rehabbing newcomer point guard Tony Wroten.

Veterans Sasha Vujacic, Jose Calderon, free-agent-to-be Kevin Seraphin, Robin Lopez and Kyle O’Quinn.

Anthony is said to be getting therapy for his surgically repaired left knee and is already an astute practitioner of the offense. Anthony played against it while with the Denver Nuggets and also reviewed game films of the Bulls' teams that ran it.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Knicks Only Currently Considering Kurt Rambis, David Blatt

Apr 20, 2016 9:02 PM

The New York Knicks' head coaching search is currently focused on David Blatt and Kurt Rambis.

Phil Jackson did not reach out to Tom Thibodeau before he agreed to accept the Minnesota Timberwolves' job.

Jackson did talk to Luke Walton but it is believed to have been a broad conversation.

Rambis took over on an interim basis for the fired Derek Fisher on Feb. 8. 

Blatt is a known quantity to Knicks general manager Steve Mills, who played with him at Princeton.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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Phil Jackson, Kurt Rambis To Meet With Knicks' Players To Study Triangle Offense

Apr 19, 2016 11:37 AM

Phil Jackson will meet with a few players on the New York Knicks to go over the triangle offense. Kurt Rambis will also join him for the meetings.

Jackson remains as committed as ever to running the triangle and would like Rambis to remain as head coach.

Jackson has spoken with Luke Walton about the job and he also has interest in David Blatt. The next coach he hires will likely have to agree to run the system.

Derek Fisher was fired as head coach midseason and has subsequently received criticism for not developing the concepts of the triangle in the offseason.

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Luke Walton: I'm Not Going To Rush Into Head Coaching Job

Apr 18, 2016 11:11 PM

Luke Walton confirmed he spoke with Phil Jackson but said it wasn't a job interview about the New York Knicks' head coaching vacancy.

The Golden State Warriors haven't given the Knicks permission for a formal interview of Walton.

"No. I talked to Phil, but I always talk to Phil. He’s a mentor of mine," said Walton.

"There was no job interview whatsoever. It was just a conversation which is not that rare for Phil and I to have."

Walton says his mindset is focused on the Warriors' playoff run.

"Honestly, my mindset is mainly with these playoffs that we’re in right now," said Walton.

"I know the way this works you can’t just tell everybody I’m not going to interview anywhere until the end of the playoffs, because most coaches have hired by then.

"So I’m very comfortable and I love where I’m at right now. I love coming to work every day.

"I also do want to be a head coach some day, whether that’s next year or the year after that. I’m going to pursue those opportunities. But knowing while I’m doing that, that I love my job here. So I’m not going to rush off into anything else."

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Luke Walton Received Interest From Knicks, Nets

Apr 17, 2016 6:50 PM

Luke Walton has already interviewed with at least the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.

Walton withdrew his name from consideration from the Nets' job though they've now hired Kenny Atkinson.

Phil Jackson spoke with Walton in a phone interview.

The Golden State Warriors have granted permission for other teams to interview Walton provided it doesn't interfere with their playoff run.

Walton could decide to remain with the Warriors for at least another season.

“It’s going to be a long, deliberate process,’’ the source said.

Walton is considered a long shot to want to accept the Knicks' job, but he is considering it due to the "uniqueness" of working with Jackson.

Jackson insisted on Thursday he still wanted to run a triangle-based system offense next season.

Kurt Rambis remains a candidate for the job.

Frank Isola reports Walton told Jackson he's not currently interested in the Knicks' job.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Carmelo Anthony Questions Whether His Idea Of Success Aligns With Knicks' Regime
Carmelo Anthony has given enough hints that he could ask for a trade if the Knicks are unsuccessful in free agency.

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Phil Jackson Backs Kurt Rambis, Confirms He Hasn't Reached Out To Other Candidates
Kurt Jackson said Kurt Rambis was and is his guy to be head coach of the Knicks.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tom Thibodeau Believed To Be Carmelo Anthony's Choice For Knicks' Coach
Carmelo Anthony's influence over James Dolan may help determine who becomes the Knicks' head coach.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Derrick Williams Confident Gamble On Himself Paid Off
Derrick Williams owns a player option with the Knicks worth $4.6 million.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Arron Afflalo Likely To Opt Out Of Contract With Knicks
Arron Afflalo hold an $8 million player option for next season.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Knicks Targeting Players Suited For Triangle In Offseason
The Knicks will target players in the offseason who are well-suited for the triangle offense.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Knicks' Players Feel Kurt Rambis Talks Down To Them
Kurt Rambis has a career record of 32-132 as a head coach with the Timberwolves and Knicks.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Knicks To Consider David Blatt As Head Coach
Phil Jackson views David Blatt favorably and he was teammates with Steve Mills at Princeton.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony 'Can't Think About' Possibility Of Leaving Knicks
Carmelo Anthony has three years left on the five-year, $124 million contract he signed in the summer of 2014, which includes a complete no-trade clause.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Hoping For More Roster Continuity
Carmelo Anthony has had over 70 teammates and four different head coaches since joining the Knicks in 2011.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Rambis Criticizes Derek Fisher For Not Stressing Triangle Enough In Training Camp
Derek Fisher said it is "challenging" and "difficult" to run the triangle offense in the modern NBA due to less practice time.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Patrick Ewing Would Like To Be Considered For Knicks' Head Coaching Job
Patrick Ewing is the lead assistant coach for the Hornets and has been an assistant for four teams over the past 13 seasons.


Kurt Rambis Insists He's Not Phil Jackson's Puppet
Kurt Rambis would love to become head coach of the Knicks on a permanent basis, but he also stressed that he's not the puppet of Phil Jackson.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Carmelo Anthony Wants To Offer Input On Next Knicks' Coach
Carmelo Anthony would like to offer his input on the Knicks' decision of next head coach as well as which players they will pursue in the offseason.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Kurt Rambis Receiving Strong Support To Remain Head Coach Of Knicks
Phil Jackson sees Kurt Rambis as the coach best suited to run the triangle offense and manage the team using Jackson's principles.

Marc Stein, Ian Begley/ESPN

Knicks Interested In Masai Ujiri If Phil Jackson Leaves
Tim Leiweke hired Masai Ujiri with the Raptors, but he has since started a business with James Dolan's business acquaintance Irving Azoff.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Phil Jackson More Vocal During Knicks' Practices Since Rambis Became Interim Coach
James Dolan reportedly isn't entirely opposed to Kurt Rambis but he's not quite ready to sign off on hiring him either.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Woj: Porzingis Is An Exception When It Comes To Attracting Free Agents
The Knicks are hoping the combination of cap space and the foundational pieces of Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony will allow them to become major factors in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Trio Of Knicks' Veterans Ask For Fewer Minutes To Help Develop Younger Players
Carmelo Anthony came up with the idea and presented it to Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon, who then relayed this desire to Kurt Rambis.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

David Lee Received Interest From Knicks After Buyout
David Lee would consider the Knicks in the offseason.

Marc Berman/New York Post