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

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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

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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

Phil Jackson told reporters on Thursday that he is yet to hear from Carmelo Anthony, but he feels "positive" about the Knicks' standing in their pursuit of Melo.

Jackson also said he "really felt he struck a chord with Carmelo" during their meetings. The Knicks are reportedly the favorite to land Melo, and can offer him nearly $30 million more than any other franchise. Jackson also mentioned he is hoping to get an answer from Carmelo today, but he has been kept waiting like the rest of the NBA.
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 04:20:00 PM

The Knicks "have not yet been apprised" that Carmelo Anthony has decided to re-sign with them, according to CBS Sports.

In other words, the NY Daily News' report of Anthony re-signing is a scoop. Frank Isola has been all over the Knicks and has enough credibility to give his report a ton of weight. There is unlikely to be an official announcement until Thursday, but we'll see if other teams kick the tires on deals following this news.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 04:24:00 PM

Phil Jackson is hopeful that Derek Fisher's championship experience can help keep Carmelo Anthony in New York.

Speaking at Derek Fisher's introductory press conference, Phil Jackson joked about how he might use his new head coach as part of the process to keep Carmelo Anthony in town, "I think I'll have Derek wear all 5 of his rings the first time he comes in and talks to Carmelo and say 'this is what we're working for'." Melo is expected to opt out of the last year of his contract this summer, but the addition of Fisher and his championship pedigree could help keep the Knicks' superstar in Madison Square Garden. This situation should resolve itself over the next month, but Fisher and Jackson's rebuilding process could get a lot tougher if Anthony decides to bolt for greener pastures.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 12:42:00 PM

Knicks president Phil Jackson reportedly hopes to hire a new head coach by mid-June, when he leaves for a wedding in Turkey.

Derek Fisher remains a likely target for the Knicks, though Jackson has already been fined for tampering and may need Oklahoma City's permission to contact Fisher about the job. Other candidates include veterans familiar with the triangle offense such as Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons and Mike Dunleavy. Mark Jackson has also been mentioned but he may be "reluctant" to accept the job if he'll be beholden to the Zen Master. According to the NY Post's report, we may not have to wait much longer for resolution.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 09:16:00 AM

Phil Jackson will have his first official chat with Derek Fisher regarding the Knicks head coaching vacancy later this week, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources say that it has been always been Jackson's intention to hire a young coach that he could mentor, someone he's worked with in the past and would welcome Jackson's on-the-floor presence at training camp and practices. Fisher would fit that description. Fisher had this to say regarding his upcoming decision: "I haven't [had] a chance to talk to my wife and kind of step back emotionally from the end of the season. That's important to do, so that whatever is next, there has to be a separation from the end of the season and what just happened and then I can go from there."
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 06:03:00 PM

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