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Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (70) / 9/17/1945
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 221

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Phil Jackson said that he expects to take a more hands-on approach with the Knicks this upcoming season.
"I thought that maybe I stepped back too far last year," Jackson said. "I wanted Derek to be his own person, to have his own feel for this, and that was multiplied in numbers of ways. Derek's kind of asked me to be a little more present this year, actually. Not in the aspect of coaching, but just in being around and talking basketball and influential in observations." Perhaps the influence of the Zen Master can help New York improve from last year's abysmal 17-65 record. Sep 26 - 10:42 AM
Source: ESPN

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The Knicks are still looking to add a veteran big man in free agency, according to ESPN New York.

Phil Jackson's club still has its $2.8 million room exception to spend should they choose to go that route, but it's not clear who the club might be targeting at this point in the process. We wouldn't get too excited.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Aug 3 - 9:03 AM

Craig Hodges has been let go as the Westchester Knicks head coach.

Hodges was brought in to coach the Knicks' D-League affiliate by his former coach and current Knicks president Phil Jackson, but has been let go by Westchester general manager Allan Houston. While the 1990's might be calling for us to return the names in this blurb, Houston will now be in the market for a new head coach for the Westchester Knicks.
Jul 28 - 12:51 PM

The Knicks won't have enough cap space to offer a max contract in 2016 free agency, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

New York will have $19 million of cap space next summer, but that won't be enough to sign a free agent to a max contract. The Knicks can open up more cap space through various roster moves, but as things stand, they won't have enough money to try and woo upcoming free agents like Kevin Durant, Mike Conley, and Al Horford next summer.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Jul 21 - 1:57 PM

Phil Jackson said that while the Knicks have cap space, he's making no promises in free agency.

This is not the type of statement from their team president that Knicks fans are looking for, but Jackson attempted to pour some cold water on the Knicks free agency situation on Thursday. "We have quite a bit of money - whether it’s completely used or whether we have the opportunity to use it is still unknown. There are no promises in this particular free agency at least on our end." The Knicks have struck out on most of their main free agent targets and are moving to contingency plans, so we can't blame Jackson for trying to control the message and lower expectations.
Jul 2 - 12:34 PM

Phil Jackson said that the Knicks are "listening" to offers for their No. 4 overall selection in the 2015 NBA draft, but not "soliciting."

Jackson added that there's only a "small percentage" chance that the Knicks trade away the No. 4 pick in the draft, although there are reports that the Knicks haven't truly fallen in love with anyone that will likely be available when they select, and that trading down is a definite possibility. If the D'Angelo Russell is available when the Knicks make their selection, they will likely use the pick, but if he’s gone they may trade down in an effort to land Trey Lyles.
Source: Newsday
Jun 23 - 5:14 PM

Phil Jackson told reporters that he did a great job in 2014-15.

Jackson was referring to the Knicks ability to shed salary moreso than their 17-65 record, but Knicks fans certainly won't like that comment. Outside of his self evaluation, Jackson said the Knicks are unlikely to trade the fourth pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, so Knicks fans can at least look forward to adding a top lottery pick to the fold next season.
Jun 23 - 12:41 PM

Phil Jackson said that he will make adding a big man to the roster a priority this offseason.

Greg Monroe comes to mind as a potential option for Phil, as he's been rumored to be bound for New York for sometime now. Stan Van Gundy's trade that netted him Ersan Ilyasova was perhaps an indication that he doesn't like his chances of retaining Monroe during free agency, so this is a situation we'll be monitoring very closely.
Jun 19 - 1:59 PM

Justise Winslow will reportedly be on the Knicks list of candidates when they make the fourth selection in this year's NBA Draft.

Winslow reportedly had a strong workout for the Knicks on Monday and will join a list of Emmanuel Mudiay, Willie Cauley-Stein, and D'Angelo Russell of candidates to be drafted by the Knicks. A mystery prospect or a trade may emerge before the Knicks hand in their draft card, but it's starting to look like the Knicks will be selecting from one of those four players.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Jun 9 - 12:09 PM

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.
Source: Newsday
May 21 - 10:45 AM

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