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James Dolan: I Just Think Phil Jackson Underestimated The Job

Apr 19, 2018 11:11 AM

James Dolan lamented the tenure of Phil Jackson as president of the New York Knicks.

“Everybody who wants to talk about the Knicks wants to ask me about Phil Jackson,” Dolan said, smiling and shaking his head. “The entire market wanted to me to hire him and when I did, the entire market said it was a great move. The only thing was, everyone said that I shouldn’t interfere with him.

“Three years later, everyone wanted to know when I was going to do something about Phil. The same people who told me not to interfere wanted me to interfere. But that’s OK. I just think that Phil underestimated the job.”

Jackson was fired by the Knicks shortly after last June's draft.

Larry Brooks/New York Post

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James Dolan: A Great Player In Basketball Is The Team

Apr 19, 2018 11:03 AM

James Dolan talked about the New York Knicks as they missed the playoffs again.

Dolan acknowledged the significance of having Kristaps Porzingis to build around.

“Basketball is different than hockey,” Dolan said. “A great player in hockey is the difference, but a great player in basketball is the team.

“And I think we have a great player in Porzingis. We just have to build around him.”

The Knicks will be without Porzingis while he rehabs his torn ACL.

“I’ve been told everything from December to him being out for the season, so I don’t know what to expect on that,” Dolan said. “But we can’t just sit on our ass while he’s away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back.”

Larry Brooks/New York Post

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks To Interview Kenny Smith For Head Coaching Job

Apr 18, 2018 9:37 PM

Kenny Smith will interview with the New York Knicks for their head coaching vacancy.

Smith has never coached in the NBA and has worked in broadcasting with TNT since 1998.

Smith has previously expressed interest in working in a front office capacity.

The Knicks are also considering David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, David Blatt, Jerry Stackhouse and Mike Woodson.

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New Book Details Involvement Of Isiah Thomas In 2011 Carmelo Anthony Trade

Apr 17, 2018 2:37 PM

Isiah Thomas played a pivotal role in the New York Knicks' trade for Carmelo Anthony in 2011, according to a new book by Ian Thomsen.

The Knicks and Nets were bidding for Anthony but Donnie Walsh's reluctance to include Timofey Mozgov was holding back a deal from getting done.

"Thomas and I had been sharing information for years, he had provided me with insight on the new generation of AAU players who were seizing control of the NBA, and I believed he would be interested in hearing about Anthony," wrote Thomsen. "But Thomas was gunshy. It had been three years since his departure from the Knicks and he was still being criticized in New York as if he had never left. He said he didn't know (former Nuggets exec Masai) Ujiri, and the last thing he needed was to have it leaked that he was involved in the talks for Anthony. He made it clear that he no longer had authority within the Knicks organization, which meant he had everything to lose and nothing to gain. Thomas could see how this would play out: The trade with the Knicks would collapse, word would get out of his involvement and he would be the scapegoat. 'I don't want anything to do with it,' he said.

“I explained why I had assumed that he would be interested in hearing about the negotiations. Anthony had stuck out his neck to force a trade to New York, and if the trade was doomed to fall apart because the Knicks weren't willing to include a back-end player like Mozgov, then it wouldn't only be Anthony who would be furious. Anthony's fellow NBA stars — his close friends — would be angry with the Knicks too, and it would become more difficult than ever for the Knicks to recruit another star in years to come. The future of the Knicks mattered not at all to me, but I figured it would be important to Thomas. He said he agreed with my point of view, as I knew he would, since he had helped me to understand this dynamic over several years of conversations.

“Thomas thanked me for the call and then insisted that he was going to keep out of it. His goal was to get on with his own life. If the Knicks were going to make the trade, then let them figure it out."

Thomas, however, did not stay out of it despite coaching at Florida International at the time.

"My phone buzzed with the call from Isiah Thomas. 'Well, I passed on the information,’ he said, without saying to whom it had been passed. 'Now we'll see what happens.' The next morning, the news broke that Timofey Mozgov had been included in the Knicks' offer to Denver. That night the trade was completed."

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mark Jackson To Interview For Knicks' Job On Wednesday

Apr 16, 2018 10:36 PM

Mark Jackson will interview for the New York Knicks' head coaching vacancy on Wednesday.

Jackson was head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2011 until 2014.

Jackson returned to broadcasting immediately after he was dismissed by the Warriors.

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Knicks Haven't Expressed Interest In Jeff Van Gundy

Apr 16, 2018 3:36 PM

The New York Knicks have not expressed interest in Jeff Van Gundy at this point, according to sources.

The report contradicts an earlier story that the Knicks had reached out to Van Gundy.

Van Gundy was head coach of the Knicks from 1996 until 2001 and has worked in broadcasting since his dismissal by the Rockets in 2007.

The Knicks are searching for a replacement for Jeff Hornacek.

David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, Jerry Stackhouse and David Blatt are considered the Knicks' top candidates.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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Jerry Stackhouse To Interview With Hornets, Magic, Knicks

Apr 16, 2018 1:16 PM

The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic plan on interviewing Jerry Stackhouse.

Stackhouse will also interview with the New York Knicks.

Stackhouse is currently head coach of Raptors 905 of the G League.

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Steve Mills: James Dolan Wants Us To Be Patient With Knicks' Rebuild

Apr 16, 2018 10:31 AM

Steve Mills said James Dolan is fully supportive of his rebuilding plan with Scott Perry.

Mills and Perry took over for Phil Jackson to run the New York Knicks last summer.

"Jim has given us the room to be patient which, again, is not something that's been common in this organization," said Mills. "Patience hasn't been one of our biggest attributes here ….I don't have any doubt that he's comfortable with the plan we're on and (that he) wants us to be patient and not do things that are just you know for the quick hit."

The Knicks have typically looked for quick turnarounds during Dolan's tenure as owner.

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Knicks Add Mike Woodson To List Of Head Coach Candidates

Apr 15, 2018 3:31 PM

The New York Knicks have added Mike Woodson to their list of head coaching candidates.

The Knicks also plan on meeting with David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, Jerry Stackhouse and David Blatt.

Woodson was fired by the Knicks in 2014 after two seasons, but he isn't considered in their top tier of candidates.

Blatt coached a Turkish team to the Eurocup title season.

The Knicks plan on continuing their rebuild next season before pursuing free agents in 2019.

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Kristaps Porzingis: I'll Start Thinking About Knicks' Rebuild When I'm Healthy

Apr 14, 2018 3:34 PM

Kristaps Porzingis addressed the media on Saturday, one day after the Knicks' front office said their rebuild could take 3-5 years.

Porzingis is rehabbing his torn ACL.

“I’m an impatient individual in life, small things also,’’ Porzingis said regarding the slow rebuild. “But I know one thing: I’m going to have to be patient with the knee. That’s the number one thing right now on my mind. It’s hard for me to think about all these things. All that’s on my mind right now is my knee. When things happen, all I can think about is the next step. I’ll start thinking about [the rebuild] when I’m healthy.”

Porzingis will be eligible for a contract extension this summer and reiterated that he'd like to remain with the Knicks.

“Of course, I love this place as I’ve said before, and right now I’m just focused on the knee,’’ Porzingis said.

Porzingis said he’s too busy with the knee to offer input on the Knicks' coaching decision.

“I’m sure the front office, they will make the right decisions and to build something that that can go a long way,’’ Porzingis said. “I think they will make the right decisions, so we have to trust them.’’

Marc Berman/New York Post

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David Fizdale To Interview With Knicks, Suns
David Fizdale is a candidate for several head coaching jobs this offseason.

Marc Berman/New York Post

David Fizdale, David Blatt, Mark Jackson, Jerry Stackhouse On Knicks' List
David Fizdale was fired by the Grizzlies early this season after a strong opening campaign in 16-17.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Knicks Fire Jeff Hornacek As Head Coach
David Fizdale, David Blatt, Mark Jackson and Jerry Stackhouse are considered top candidates for the job.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Enes Kanter Switches Agents, Will Consider Declining $18.6M Option With Knicks
Enes Kanter has had a productive season for the Knicks following his trade from the Thunder.

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Frank Vogel Was Surprised Knicks Didn't Hire Him In 2016
The Knicks instead hired Jeff Hornacek while Frank Vogel joined the Magic.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Knicks Will Have Early Bird Rights On Trey Burke In 2019
The Knicks will have Trey Burke on a cap hold of just $1.6 million during the 2019 offseason.

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Knicks Expected To Target Doc Rivers, Mark Jackson
Many around the NBA do not expect the Knicks to retain Jeff Hornacek this offseason.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Kristaps Porzingis Cursed Out Jeff Hornacek During Practice Last Season
The incident likely contributed to why Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit meeting last offseason.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Kyle O'Quinn Admits Yelling At Jeff Hornacek Was Wrong Reaction
Jeff Hornacek admonished Kyle O'Quinn for failing to defend Karl-Anthony Towns on the perimeter Friday.


Jeff Hornacek: Knicks Need More Size On Wings
The Knicks traded away Carmelo Anthony in September and have relied on traditional shooting guards like Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee to play bigger.

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Knicks Likely To Stretch Joakim Noah After Sept. 1st
The Knicks attempted to trade Joakim Noah at the deadline after his confrontation during a January practice with Jeff Hornacek.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Knicks Sign Troy Williams To Deal For Remainder Of Season
Troy Williams' deal will contain a partial guarantee for the 18-19 season.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Knicks View Frank Ntilikina As Better Fit At Shooting Guard
Frank Ntilikina isn't quick enough with his dribble at this stage of his development to play point guard.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Knicks To Sign Troy Williams To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Troy Williams has averaged 8.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game with the Knicks.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Jarrett Jack, Knicks Unable To Agree Upon Buyout
Jarrett Jack's minutes have been reduced of late as the Knicks pivot towards developing their younger guards.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Jarrett Jack Willing To Consider Buyout With Knicks
Jarrett Jack is on an expiring minimum deal.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

NBPA Expected To Become More Involved In Joakim Noah Situation
Joakim Noah and the Knicks have until March 1st to agree upon a buyout.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Warriors, Wolves, Thunder Interested In Joakim Noah If Bought Out
Joakim Noah remains away from the Knicks following a January altercation at practice with Jeff Hornacek.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Joakim Noah To Remain Away From Knicks Indefinitely
Joakim Noah is not yet open to discussing a buyout with the Knicks.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Troy Williams Agrees To Sign 10-Day Deal With Knicks
Troy Williams received interest from several other teams.

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