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Mike Budenholzer Was Reportedly Close To Taking Knicks' Job In Summer 2018

May 23, 2020 10:44 PM

Mike Budenholzer was reportedly close to taking over as the head coach of the New York Knicks in the summer of 2018, sources told SNY.

People who would have moved to New York along with Budenholzer were said to be looking for places in the city as they felt he would take the job.

The New York Post reported earlier that summer that Budenholzer was the Knicks' top choice heading into the offseason.

"Bud was definitely interested," another team official said of the Knicks' open position that summer.

The Knicks would go on to hire David Fizdale. 

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Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

LaMelo Ball Is Top-Rated Point Guard On Knicks' Draft Board

May 23, 2020 12:09 PM

LaMelo Ball is currently the top-rated point guard on the New York Knicks' draft board, sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Knicks executives believe that Ball has one of the higher-upsides in the draft.

Leon Rose briefly worked with the Ball's older brothers when they were signed to Creative Artists Agency.

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Tags: LaMelo Ball, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Knicks Hire Frank Zanin As Assistant GM For Pro Personnel

May 19, 2020 3:33 PM

The New York Knicks will hire Frank Zanin as assistant general manager for pro personnel.

Zanin is a longtime league executive and was assistant general manager for the Brooklyn Nets under Billy King. Zanin has since been with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Zanin has longheld ties to the Philadelphia area and began his career working for the 76ers as a scout.

The Knicks' front office under Leon Rose is coming into shape with Walt Perrin running the amateur personnel side as an assistant GM for college scouting and Brock Aller as their capologist. Scott Perry will remain for at least one season as general manager.

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Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks To Hire Walt Perrin As Assistant General Manager

May 18, 2020 3:36 PM

The New York Knicks are finalizing a deal to hire Walt Perrin as assistant general manager.

Perrin has worked for the Utah Jazz for the past 19 seasons and was most recently VP of Player Personnel.

The Knicks are reshaping the front office under Leon Rose.

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Tags: New York Knicks, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Have 'Done Their Homework' On Cole Anthony

May 14, 2020 1:18 AM

Cole Anthony has been "scouted extensively" by the New York Knicks, an NCAA source told Ian Begley of SNY.

"New York has done their homework on Cole," according to the source.

Anthony, the son of former Knicks guard Greg Anthony, averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game at UNC last season.

Anthony previously stated that he was a fan of the Knicks, and that "it would be pretty cool" to get drafted by the team. 

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Tags: Cole Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Mark Jackson Says He Looks 'Forward To The Opportunity' Of Coaching Again

May 10, 2020 1:29 AM

Mark Jackson said that he would do more to communicate with the general manager and owner should he get an opportunity to coach again.

Jackson has been rumored with the Nets and Knicks coaching positions.

"I was a guy that always was told to stay in your place. So as a coach (with the Warriors), I wasn't trying to get in the business of the general manager or the ownership ... So I think the relationships of general managers and ownership (is something I'd take a different approach with). And I have a great relationship with (Warriors GM) Bob Myers. There's no question about that. Forget about what you heard.

Do me a favor: on the record ask Bob Myers what he thinks of Mark Jackson. On the record, not behind the scenes, ask (Warriors owner) Joe Lacob about the relationship that I had with him. So I wouldn't say better relationships, I would say more dialogue across the board," said Jackson on First Take this week.

Jackson reportedly wanted to add Jeff Van Gundy to the coaching staff when he was with the Warriors.

Jackson also defended himself on the role he had in developing the Warriors' core.

"The fact is we were a top five defense over the course of that tenure and we were a top 10 offense when it was all said and done. You have to understand - and these guys will admit it - the Steph Currys, the Klay Thompsons, the Draymond Greens: the team that I had are not the same individuals (that they were when I coached them). They look the same, and they're the same people, but they're not the same players that they were when I first got ahold of them."

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Tom Thibodeau Says He's Been Visiting Teams, Studying Evolution Of League

May 9, 2020 1:17 PM

Tom Thibodeau told First Take that he's been visiting several NBA teams and studying the modern evolution of the league since getting fired as head coach during the 2018-19 season.

Thibodeau said that he's figuring out ways to combine load management with up-to-date sports science.

"My experience this past year in going around and visiting a number of different teams and seeing it -- and it's been evolving this way for probably the last three or four years -- there's different ways to manage practice. There's load management, there's sports scientists, there's situations in which your young guys are practicing a little bit more and your older vets are doing less and you're separating the two, and you're bringing them in toward the end of practice to do whatever needs to be done to prepare for that next game.

So I think utilizing all the resources that you now have, understanding how to use them, how to manage that, has become critical. I think player care, player wellness, those things are prioritized. I think the big thing is, what does it take to be successful in the playoffs?" said Thibodeau.

Thibodeau has been linked with the Knicks, Nets, and Rockets head coaching positions.

"They're just rumors an that's what it is. And this time of year, everything is on hold. Normally you would have some openings and right now there aren't any openings. So you don't want to speculate on what jobs could open." 

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Tags: Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Mark Jackson Says 'I Look Forward To One Day Coaching Again'

May 7, 2020 1:50 AM

Mark Jackson addressed recent coaching rumors, telling First Take that it's his dream to return to the game.

"There are 30 NBA jobs. I don't minimize myself to one. I look forward to one day coaching again, it's a dream of mine. I had an incredible time in Golden State coaching for three years, developing incredible relationships, and having some success. And I look forward to the challenge of doing it once again somewhere," said Jackson.

Jackson, who went 121-109 in three seasons with the Warriors, has been linked with both the Nets and Knicks coaching jobs.

Jackson last coached in the NBA in 2014.  

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Tags: New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

RJ Hampton Reportedly 'Under Consideration' By Knicks In Upcoming Draft

May 6, 2020 1:39 AM

The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in drafting RJ Hampton if they get the sixth through tenth pick, league sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Leon Rose pursued Hampton as a client before becoming the president of the Knicks.

Many league insiders feel that Hampton is undervalued due to playing in Australia.

Hampton averaged 8.8 points, 2.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 20 NBL games. 

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Tags: R.J. Hampton, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Nets, Rockets To Join Knicks In Pursuit Of Tom Thibodeau

May 4, 2020 8:56 PM

The Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets are expected to join the New York Knicks in pursuing Tom Thibodeau this offseason.

The Nets fired Kenny Atkinson in March, while the Rockets are widely expected to part ways with Mike D'Antoni.

Thibodeau would have interest in any of the three jobs, but the Knicks are expected to be in the lead as they can pursue him before the Nets and Rockets as they won't be in the playoffs.

The Minnesota Timberwolves fired Thibodeau in January of 2019.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Chris Brickley: Cole Anthony 'Would Love To Play In New York'

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Knicks Retain Scott Perry On One-Year Deal

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'A Couple' Knicks Players Wary Of Returning To New York In Mid-May

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Scott Perry's Future With Knicks Not Guaranteed But Safe For Now

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Tom Thibodeau Not Considered Candidate For Any Jobs Beyond Knicks

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James Dolan Recovers From COVID-19, To Donate Plasma For Medical Research

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Knicks Front Office Member Believes Trading For Disgruntled Star Is 'The Best Path For Us'

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Knicks Likely To Hire Brock Aller As Capologist

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Rich Paul: Mitchell Robinson Is 'Just Scratching The Surface'

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Leon Rose Reportedly 'Doesn't Know What To Make Of' Kevin Knox

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Cole Anthony Says 'It Would Be Pretty Cool' To Get Drafted By Knicks

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David Blatt's Consulting Contract With Knicks Expires

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Tom Thibodeau Confident Of Returning To NBA Next Season

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Leon Rose Open To Trading Or Not Picking Up 2021-22 Option On Julius Randle

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Knicks, Nets Help Donate 1 Million Masks To Essential Workers

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Knicks Players Reportedly Frustrated By Julius Randle Overdribbling

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Knicks Interested In Elton Brand As General Manager

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Knicks Had Interest In Trading For Terry Rozier Before Deadline

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Knicks Interested In Re-Signing Maurice Harkless

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Tom Thibodeau Likely To Be Candidate For Knicks, Nets

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