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Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (69) / 9/17/1945
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 221

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The New York Knicks are studying their options for the fourth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
The Knicks likely won't have a chance at Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns with the fourth pick, so they'll likely be choosing between Emmanuel Mudiay, D'Angelo Russell, Justise Winslow, or Willie Cauley-Stein. With that many options, Knicks general manager Steve Mills said the team's free agency plans will have an impact on what they do in the draft. "A lot will depend on what we think we're going to end up doing in free agency," Mills said. "I think we'll be able to get a few good players in free agency and that might be an indicator of the direction we may go." The Knicks will likely be one of the most active teams in free agency, so their draft picture is about as clear as mud at the moment. May 21 - 10:45 AM
Source: Newsday

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Knicks general manager Steve Mills was "a little" disappointed that they fell to No. 4 during Tuesday's lottery, and he hinted that the team could look to trade the pick.

"I think we're going to be open to a lot of things," Mills said. "We know we can get a good player at this pick. We're also going to be open to talking to teams and looking at different options." It's obviously been a long year for the Knicks after they finished with a 17-65 record, and this likely means that they won't have a shot at drafting Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns. The Knicks could potentially land Emmanuel Mudiay or D'Angelo Russell, but they will explore every possibility in an effort to make a playoff push next season. The Knicks should also be very busy once free agency begins, so this is shaping up to be a crucial summer for New York.
Source: ESPN
May 20 - 9:16 AM

The Knicks had a 19.9 percent chance to earn the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, but they fell to No. 4 during Tuesday's lottery.

The Knicks, who had a woeful 17-65 record this season, will pick behind the Wolves, Lakers and 76ers. Their draft-lottery misfortune deals a blow to Phil Jackson's rebuilding efforts in the Big Apple, especially with uncertainty surrounding Carmelo Anthony's fit in the triangle offense. The rest of the draft order reads: Orlando (5), Sacramento (6), Denver (7), Detroit (8), Charlotte (9), Miami (10), Indiana (11), Utah (12), Phoenix (13) and Oklahoma City (14).
May 19 - 9:08 PM

Phil Jackson said that the Lakers had a handshake deal in place that would have netted them Kevin Garnett back in 2007.

"When I realized that [Garnett] was available and wanted to leave Minnesota, I put a big push on [to acquire him]," said Jackson. "Dr. [Jerry] Buss came to me and said, 'I have a handshake agreement with [Glen] Taylor, that he's going to come to L.A. But [Kevin] McHale hasn't concurred yet.'" The Lakers were reportedly offering a package centered around Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, but the Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor was skeptical of Odom. In the end, as everyone is well aware, Garnett was sent to Boston in exchange for Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, a first-round pick, and some cash. The Celtics went on to win a championship the first year Garnett put on a Boston jersey.
May 19 - 5:38 PM

Phil Jackson, through a series of tweets, hinted that the Knicks will not be a team that relies upon the 3-point shot.

"NBA analysts give me some diagnostics on how [3-point] oriented teams are faring this playoffs... seriously, how's it goink?" Tweeted Phil. Pretty well, actually. Seven of the past eight NBA champions have led all playoff teams in both 3-point attempts and makes, and in this year's postseason five of the eight teams remaining ranked in the top-10 in 3-point percentage during the regular season. Jackson's 11 championships are hard to argue with, but the Knicks team that won 54 games during the 2012-13 season led the league in 3-point attempts, while this year's 17-win disaster ranked just 21st in 3-point attempts.
Source: ESPN
May 12 - 3:09 PM

Phil Jackson said that he will consider trading away the Knicks' 2015 draft pick if it slides all the way to No. 5.

"We’ll consider everything," said Jackson regarding trading away the Knicks' first-round selection. "I want to be quite blunt, depending on the lottery, everything starts May 19 when the picks come in – everything germinates from there. Do you move a pick 1-2-3-4? That’s questionable. Do you move a 5 pick if that’s the alternative end result and use it as a chip? Maybe." Jackson also indicated that big men will be a "priority" for the Knicks on draft day, and that he would prefer to draft a defensive-minded big over a more offensively skilled center.
Apr 21 - 5:42 PM

Phil Jackson said he'll attempt to attract free agents by using the triangle offense, Carmelo Anthony and he and his staff's history of winning as selling points.

While Jackson's Knicks can't trumpet their 2014-15 record as a selling point, they'll have plenty of money available and will have to hope that Jackson, Anthony, head coach Derek Fisher, and the allure of playing in New York City will be enough to lure an elite free agent (or two). We'll keep a close eye on this situation as we approach free agency, but it sounds like the Knicks are getting ready to make some noise.
Apr 21 - 11:50 AM

Knicks owner James Dolan said he has faith in team president, Phil Jackson.

While the Knicks currently own the league's worst record, Dolan isn't wavering in his support of the Zen Master. "The majority of them understand we're in a rebuild, we're moving as fast as we can and they see our opportunities as being huge. I think they are, but it's all in Phil's hands," Dolan said. While Jackson has his work cut out for him, he'll be armed with a high draft pick and plenty of cap space this summer to turn the Knicks around.
Source: ESPN NY
Apr 9 - 1:36 PM

Speaking to a group of season ticket holders, Knicks' president of basketball operations Phil Jackson said that the Knicks' tough season could really be a blessing in disguise.

"S--- happens," Jackson said. "And this year it happened to us. We knew we were going to have to take this team apart to get to where we want to get to. It may be a godsend in the end." The Knicks will likely have the best opportunity to secure the No. 1 overall pick for the 2015 draft following this season, a choice that will likely come down to Duke's Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns. Jackson also went on to say that the Knicks will do most of their rebuilding work through free agency this offseason, but added that fit with the triangle offense is the biggest priority, and not necessarily chasing the biggest names out there.
Source: Newsday
Apr 3 - 10:42 AM

Knicks president Phil Jackson sent a letter to Knicks season-ticket holders asking them to remain optimistic during the team's struggles.

Despite the fact that the Knicks currently own a league-worst 14-60 record, Jackson asked fans to stay patient in a video message. "While I know this has been a challenging season for our team on the court, I can also tell you that everyone in the organization is working tirelessly to get our Knicks back to a place where we are once again competing at the highest level," Jackson said. With plenty of cap space and a likely top-four draft pick this summer, Knicks fans will have to hope that Jackson and a healthy Carmelo Anthony will be able to get the franchise back on track.
Source: ESPN NY
Mar 31 - 9:44 AM

The NBA has fined the Knicks an undisclosed amount for Phil Jackson's comments on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

Russell is an exciting prospect that has turned heads during his freshman campaign at Ohio State, but NBA rules prohibit teams from publicly commenting on players who haven't officially declared for the draft. Jackson called Russell a "a great-looking kid" and a "great prospect" when he scouted last week's game between Ohio State and Nebraska, and considering that Russell is presumed by many to be a top-5 pick in this year's draft, at least now we know that the Knicks will be intrigued by him if he does declare for the draft.
Source: ESPN NY
Mar 4 - 9:30 AM

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia said he will "definitely" have more wins than the New York Knicks this season.

Well, Sabathia only had three wins last year due to injury, so he's hoping for at least an eight-win increase with the Knicks sitting at 10-44 right now. Although, the Knicks haven't won a single game without Carmelo Anthony this season, so 11 may actually get it done. Sabathia's WHIP may be greater than the Knicks' win total without Melo, though.
Feb 21 - 2:17 PM

Phil Jackson said some Knicks are being resistant to the changes that are trying to be implemented.

Jackson was describing the lousy 4-18 start among other topics, but he made specific mention that some players were resistant to the culture change the Knicks are trying to create. That's not totally unexpected given the sweeping changes and the current makeup of the roster, and it's further confirmation that the Knicks should look a lot different next season. Jackson added the team currently has a "loser's mentality."
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 12:45:00 PM

Knicks president Phil Jackson expressed his displeasure with NBA commissioner Adam Silver's comments about the Knicks.

Following the Knicks' loss to the Pistons on Wednesday, Silver joked that the Knicks looked like they were still learning the triangle offense. The Zen Master was not happy. "I wasn't so humored by the commissioner actually jumping in on top of that, too," Jackson said. "He doesn't need to get in on that. There's enough focus on [the] triangle. It's not anything. It's a system." The Knicks still have a ways to go as they implement their new offense, but we're only two weeks into the season, so Jackson could still have the last laugh here.
Source: ESPN NY
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Following Wednesday's 104-80 loss to the Bulls, Knicks president Phil Jackson said the team isn't ready for showtime just yet.

Wednesday's loss was about as bad as Knicks fans could have envisioned the start to the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era and Jackson wasn't sugar-coating it. "Not ready for showtime, were we guys?" Jackson said to reporters. "I can’t tell how long it’s going to take."
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 10:25:00 AM

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4Alexey Shved
SF1Lance Thomas
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PF1Andrea Bargnani
2Travis Wear
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C1Louis Amundson
2Jason Smith
3Cole Aldrich