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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.

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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.

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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

Apr 14, 2016 10:05 PM

During his exit interview, Carmelo Anthony was asked if he'll remain with the New York Knicks next season.

“As of right now, I’ll be here,’’ Anthony said. “No conversation has taken place as far as me leaving or wanting to leave. I think everybody knows how I feel about being here. Nobody should question that. It’s just a matter of how we get better and move forward and take advantage of this window that I have. That’s the main question. How can we take advantage of this window and situation we have in front of us."

Anthony was also asked if he's ever envision leaving the Knicks for a winner.

“I think about it,’’ Anthony said when asked if he’s ever envisioned leaving New York for a winner. “The only thing I think about is winning more — whether it’s here or somewhere else. That’s the only thing I think about. I haven’t thought about putting myself on another team. My thought process is how can I win and make this situation better. What can we all do to make this situation better?’’

Phil Jackson said there was no talk of Anthony wanting out during the exit meeting or during their March dinner in Denver.

“The fact is he wants to stay here,’’ Jackson said. “He wants to communicate and he wants to stay here.”

Anthony owns a complete no-trade clause.

Anthony has given enough hints that he could ask for a trade if the Knicks are unsuccessful in free agency.

“I haven’t put a timetable on any of that,’’ Anthony said.

For the first time, Anthony publicly raised the question whether the regime is more focused on making the playoffs than winning a title.

“What’s successful for us,’’ Anthony said. “That’s the question you have to ask ourselves as a whole organization. Not just winning another 15 games like we did this year and playing for the eighth seed. Is that success? Or is being a top seed in the Eastern Conference, a top team in the NBA? Winning a championship is always the ultimate success. We have to put things in perspective. What’s success mean to this organization? A championship for me is always the ultimate success — not us slotting in and barely getting into the eighth seed. That’s not success for me. Having prominence in the postseson. That’s success.’’

 

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Phil Jackson Backs Kurt Rambis, Confirms He Hasn't Reached Out To Other Candidates

Apr 14, 2016 4:08 PM

Phil Jackson confirmed he has yet to reach out to any external coaching candidates for the New York Knicks.

Jackson said Kurt Rambis was and is his guy to be head coach of the Knicks.

Rambis replaced Derek Fisher shortly before the All-Star break.

Carmelo Anthony has yet to endorse Rambis' candidacy and is believed to prefer a different coach.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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Tom Thibodeau Believed To Be Carmelo Anthony's Choice For Knicks' Coach

Apr 14, 2016 1:23 AM

Carmelo Anthony and James Dolan remain very close as the New York Knicks enter an offseason in which his future with the team is uncertain.

Anthony's influence over Dolan may help determine who becomes the Knicks' head coach.

Phil Jackson wants Kurt Rambis to return as head coach.

Anthony has yet to give Rambis an endorsement and he has said he'd like to have his voice heard in the offseason.

The preferred choice of Anthony is Tom Thibodeau, according to a source close to him. Jackson seems to have no interest in speaking to Thibodeau.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Kristaps Porzingis To Undergo MRI On Shoulder
Kristaps Porzingis injured the shoulder when he blocked an Alonzo Gee block attempt on Monday.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Kristaps Porzingis Hopes Carmelo Anthony Remains With Knicks
Kristaps Porzingis said both the Knicks and himself personally need Carmelo Anthony to remain with the franchise.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Dwyane Wade Not Interested In Superteam At This Point
LeBron James is unsure if any NBA owner would go for the idea of him teaming up with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul due to how much power would be conceded to the players.

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