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Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (72) / 9/17/1945
Ht / Wt:  6'8" / 221

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Phil Jackson has agreed to step down as the Knicks' president of basketball operations.
Jackson definitely hit a home run when he drafted Kristaps Porzingis No. 4 overall in the 2015 NBA draft, but that's pretty much been the extent of his accomplishments during his three years at the helm of the Knicks' front office. He alienated stars like Carmelo Anthony and Porzingis, signed a washed up Joakim Noah to a four-year deal worth $72 million and went with Frank Ntilikina over Dennis Smith Jr. in the 2017 NBA draft due to his infatuation with the triangle offense. With Jackson getting the boot, there's a better chance Melo will remain a Knick, and GM Steve Mills will guide the team during free agency. It's unclear if Raptors President of Basketball operations Masai Ujiri, who is New York's reported preference to replace Jackson, has any interest in joining the Knicks. Wed, Jun 28, 2017 10:06:00 AM

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Knicks owner James Dolan is debating whether or not to fire President of Basketball Operation Phil Jackson.

No final decision has been made as of Tuesday night, but it sounds like he's as good as gone and could be fired on Wednesday morning. Wojnarowski adds that Dolan "has become increasingly concerned about Jackson’s fitness for the job and the long-term prospects of success for the franchise." It's hardly a surprise after Jackson all but told Carmelo Anthony he wants him to leave New York, but the situation hit an all-time low when Jackson made Kristaps Porzingis, a 21-year-old franchise cornerstone, available in trade talks. Jackson has two years and $24 million left on his deal, so Dolan will have to reach into his pockets to pay him off.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 03:35:00 AM

On ESPN's Outside the Lines, Jay Williams said a top-15 prospect in this draft told him Knicks president Phil Jackson was falling in and out of sleep during a workout.

So he cares more about exit interviews than entrance interviews? Jokes aside, the Knicks couldn't be making a worse case to attract free agents. From throwing their franchise player under the bus to not trying to fix any communication issues with their budding star to arresting a former fan favorite, the past 12 months have been a total disaster. How's it goink?
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 01:28:00 PM

The Knicks have spoken to the Blazers about one of Portland's three first-round picks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The Blazers have the 15th, 20th and 26th picks, but they also went on a spending spree last summer and are tight on cap space. Even if it's just to get Meyers Leonard's contract off their books, the Blazers may be willing to unload their 26th pick. Assuming the Knicks take a point guard at No. 8, they may go with a forward on their next pick.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Thu, Jun 1, 2017 03:33:00 PM

Phil Jackson again stated that he believes it would be best for both parties if Carmelo Anthony waived his no-trade clause.

Phil first expressed these sentiments back in April at the end of the regular season. Speaking with reporters at the NBA Draft combine in Chicago on Friday, Jackson spoke out again. "We'd like him to have success," said Jackson. "The opportunity is narrowing. We'd just like him to have success somewhere. We're not going to be there. Hopefully, we'll be maybe a playoff team next year. It would be tough to consider us a possible champion." It seems to be only a matter of time before Anthony and the Knicks finally part ways.
Sat, May 13, 2017 09:47:00 AM

The Knicks lost the draft tiebreaker with the Timberwolves on Tuesday, which means New York will draft seventh, assuming they don't jump into one of the top three spots.

Minnesota and New York each finished with a 31-51 record this season. Thus, a drawing was conducted to break the tie. The Knicks will have a 5.3 percent chance to win the lottery and 18.3 percent chance to land in the top three. The lottery drawing will be held on Tuesday, May 16.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 05:26:00 PM

President Phil Jackson said today's players lack the skills to play in the triangle offense.

The ol' reverse George Costanza: It's not me, it's you. "They know how to play one-on-one, catch-and-shoot, and they’ve mastered crossover dribbles, spins, playing off of screens and step-back shots," Jackson said. "They don’t know how to execute things like inside-reverse pivots and other basic footwork. They have no sense of timing or organization. They don’t really know how to play five-on-five basketball. It’s strictly generational." Maybe the Knicks will get away from the triangle a bit this season. If so, there should be more fantasy value to go around.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 02:42:00 PM

The Knicks will look to upgrade their backcourt this offseason via trade and free agency.

Both Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony believe that their frontcourt featuring Melo, Robin Lopez and Kristaps Porzingis is one of the best in the Eastern Conference, but Jackson acknowledged that he has "some positions to fill" this offseason. The Knicks do have a decent front line, but the same cannot be said of their backcourt that features names such as Jose Calderon, Tony Wroten and Jerian Grant. If the Knicks hope to compete out East, they'll need to upgrade the point guard position.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 09:52:00 AM

The Knicks and Nets are both reportedly aggressively trying to acquire at least one draft pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

Each team will likely be able to acquire at least a second round pick, but a first round selection is far less likely given the limited assets either team has to offer. Free agency will be key in getting these New York franchises out of the cellar.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 05:56:00 PM

Phil Jackson thinks the Knicks can make the playoffs in 2016-17.

While the Knicks finished 21 games out of the playoffs in 2015-16, Jackson thinks the Eastern Conference presents an opportunity for the Knicks to make the postseason. "Why not?" Jackson said when asked if the Knicks could make the playoffs in 2016-17. "I don’t know what’s so great about what’s out here in the East. We can fill that role." Jackson will need to make a splash in free agency as New York is without a first-round pick, but the Knicks have money to spend and could change the team's fortunes in a hurry.
Source: NBC Sports
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 10:15:00 AM

President Phil Jackson said the triangle offense has to adapt next season.

"The 3-point line has become our affection, because it means more when we make a 3-point shot. So the spacing has changed dramatically," Jackson said. The Knicks are still going to have aspects of the triangle offense, but at least Jackson is starting to realize that offensive scheme doesn't fit with his personnel. Coach Jeff Hornacek has a little more freedom to get away from the triangle next year.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 12:31:00 AM

Lakers co-owner said Phil Jackson will not be leaving the Knicks to join the Lakers.

Though Buss is the Lakers co-owner, she is also Jackson's girlfriend and has insight into Jackson's thinking. "No," Buss said, "To visit, yes...but in terms of basketball, he's committed to New York for many years. He's building something there. He has a mission, he's on that journey to get the team back to where he believes it can be and it will be." While Jackson has been rumored to be interested in rejoining the Lakers, it doesn't seem like the Zen Master will be heading west any time soon.
Tue, May 31, 2016 10:31:00 AM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks will try to acquire a pick in the upcoming draft.

Begley says the best-case scenario would be for the Knicks to purchase a late first-round pick, but he added that a second-round pick is more likely. The Knicks have shown interest in quite a few prospects recently including Kansas guard Wayne Selden, Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell and St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley. They are also expected to attend the workouts of Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead and Syracuse's Malachi Richardson and they have already attended Cheick Diallo's workout.
Source: ESPN
Sat, May 28, 2016 09:44:00 AM

The Knicks are hopeful to have their coaching search completed "within the next week or so," a source told Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal.

Frank Vogel, David Blatt and incumbent Kurt Rambis are the three candidates for the job, and while many assumed Rambis was a done deal before the search ever began, it seems as if Vogel's candidacy is starting to gain a bit of momentum. Will Vogel's late push be enough to keep Rambis from patrolling the sidelines for the 2016-17 campaign? Only Zen Master Phil Jackson knows the answer to that one.
Mon, May 16, 2016 11:17:00 AM

Mike Fratello said that he'd be happy to talk with Phil Jackson regarding the Knicks' head coaching vacancy.

Fratello said that he would not be opposed to running the triangle offense, but it's currently unclear if Jackson views Fratello as a potential candidate for the Knicks' head coaching position. While David Blatt has been the only guy that Jackson has met with so far, Kurt Rambis remains the frontrunner to land the gig. That probably doesn't sit well with Carmelo Anthony, who has repeatedly pleaded for Jackson to go through an all encompassing coaching search.
Thu, May 12, 2016 04:52:00 PM

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PG1Jarrett Jack
2Emmanuel Mudiay
3Frank Ntilikina
4Trey Burke
5Ron Baker
SG1Courtney Lee
2Damyean Dotson
3Allonzo Trier
SF1Tim Hardaway Jr.
2Kevin Knox
3Lance Thomas
4Troy Williams
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Michael Beasley
3Isaiah Hicks
C1Enes Kanter
2Kyle O'Quinn
3Mitchell Robinson
4Luke Kornet
5Joakim Noah