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Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (68) / 9/17/1945
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 221

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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. Jul 10 - 4:20 PM

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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.
Jul 9 - 4:24 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.
Jun 10 - 12:42 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.
Jun 4 - 9:16 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."
Jun 2 - 6:03 PM

Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 for tampering with Derek Fisher.

The tampering fine stems from when Jackson publicly discussed potentially hiring Derek Fisher as the Knicks next head coach, it is tampering because Fisher was still an active player for OKC. The beat reporters did give Phil the option to make the statement off the record, but Jackson elected to make his comments public. However, for a guy with an estimated net worth of $45 million, this could be viewed as a very light tap on the wrist.
Jun 2 - 4:38 PM

Phil Jackson has expressed interest in buying some draft picks from either the 76ers or Bucks.

"We are going to approach teams and ask them if they're willing to allow us to buy a draft pick if we feel like there's a player we want to have at a position that comes up," Jackson said. He specifically mentioned the 76ers and Bucks, as they both have a plethora of picks in this year's upcoming draft. "They can't even put them on the roster," Jackson said of the 76ers' and Bucks' total picks. "You can't draft that many players and have them as part of your roster. So obviously something is going to go on in that situation." As of right now, the Knicks have no picks in the 2014 draft.
Jun 1 - 10:40 AM

Phil Jackson admitted that he's thought about coaching the Knicks but doesn't think he's physically able to do so.

"I’m going to be interested in coaching," Jackson said. "At this point...I wouldn’t see myself being physically prepared to take on the grind of coaching a basketball team right now." Jackson has already lost out on Steve Kerr and is still searching for Mike Woodson's replacement.
Source: ESPN NY
May 31 - 10:30 AM

Phil Jackson said he doesn't expect his coaching search to go into July.

Ideally the Knicks would like to have a coach before the NBA Draft and before free agency starts. Jackson added he isn't healthy enough to coach the Knicks. "At this point, unless the lord heals me," Jackson said. He did say he's a little concerned about losing Carmelo Anthony in free agency, but is not losing any sleep over it.
May 30 - 12:56 PM

Knicks president Phil Jackson is adamant about installing the triangle offense in New York, and therefore he is likely to pick a head coach that is proficient in running that offense.

After losing out on Steve Kerr, Jackson is having to start from scratch in his search for a new head coach. Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis, Brian Shaw, Luke Walton, Jim Cleamons, Bill Cartwright, and Tyronn Lue are names that have emerged as potential candidates, and we'll be following the situation closely. Stay tuned.
May 18 - 12:58 PM

Knicks president Phil Jackson met with veteran coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. for two hours on Friday morning, in what is believed to be Jackson's first interview since missing out on Steve Kerr.

The Knicks reportedly low-balled Kerr with an initial offer of $13 million over three years, a far cry from the five-year, $25 million pact he landed with the Warriors. "Phil doesn’t have a formal candidate list yet because he thought he had a done deal [with Kerr]," a source close to Jackson told the NY Post. "He’s starting from scratch."
May 17 - 10:22 AM

Knicks president Phil Jackson is reportedly willing to hire a coach who doesn't specialize in the triangle offense, and Mark Jackson has emerged as a potential head coaching candidate.

Derek Fisher has also been mentioned as a candidate for the job even though his interest is uncertain and he could be playing with the Thunder well into June, depending upon OKC's success in the Western Conference finals. Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, Bucks assistant Jim Cleamons and Pacers assistant Nate McMillan have also been linked to the Knicks' job, but the Zen Master himself is reportedly not interested in returning to the sidelines himself.
Source: NY Post
May 16 - 10:13 AM

Phil Jackson still isn't ready to coach the Knicks, according to the NY Post.

File this one under obvious because there has been almost no speculation on Jackson taking over. Although, the Knicks are in dire straits with their search for a head coach and their new head man could be an under-the-radar guy. The more the Knicks swing and miss on a coach, the more pressure there will be on the Zen Master.
Source: NY Post
May 15 - 9:01 PM

Knicks president Phil Jackson was reportedly overruled by owners James Dolan when he tried to fire a handful of staff members.

Dolan is known for his tight-fisted control over his franchise but he was supposed to be "willingly and gratefully" ceding control to Jackson, so his micro-management may be a harbinger of things to come.
Apr 23 - 10:20 AM

Phil Jackson didn't watch the end of the Knicks' drubbing vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, referring to New York's effort in the third quarter as "really awful."

New York blew a 17-point lead to the Cavaliers on Sunday, and their playoff hopes may have officially ended after allowing the Lakers to score a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter on Tuesday. Jackson has been quietly assessing the team and it's safe to say that a major overhaul is coming this summer, and it could extend to coach Mike Woodson.
Source: NY Times
Mar 26 - 12:55 PM

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