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Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (70) / 9/17/1945
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 221
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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. Jun 8 - 9:52 AM
Source: ESPN

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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.
Jun 7 - 5:56 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
Jun 7 - 10:15 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 7 - 12:31 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.
May 31 - 10:31 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
May 28 - 9:44 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.
May 16 - 11:17 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.
May 12 - 4:52 PM

Phil Jackson reportedly met with Kurt Rambis' agents on Tuesday.

The quirk here is that Jackson and Rambis' agents are the same people, so while this may be a sign that Jackson is progressing towards a deal that would name Rambis as New York's next head coach, it could also have been nothing more than a social visit. Jackson has also contacted Luke Walton and David Blatt regarding the Knicks' vacancy at the helm, but all indications thus far are that Rambis is the current frontrunner.
Apr 27 - 10:49 AM

Phil Jackson spoke to Warriors assistant Luke Walton without permission, according to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

Jackson spoke to Walton on Saturday, but did so without receiving the Warriors permission. While Kerr said he wouldn't file tampering charges in this instance, Jackson is officially on notice. "Luke and Phil have had contact, just like Phil and I have had contact, but not anything to do with the job,’’ Kerr said. "That would be tampering. If somebody wants to speak with Luke, they know the protocol."
Apr 19 - 9:44 AM

Kurt Rambis will reportedly be returning to the Knicks next season in some capacity.

If it's not as the head coach, Rambis could be retained as an offensive coordinator or an assistant general manager, according to sources of the New York Post. Phil Jackson reportedly views Rambis as the only option to put in place as New York's next full time head coach, which is not something that Carmelo Anthony seems to be all that excited about.
Apr 13 - 10:00 AM

There have been rumors that Phil Jackson could leave the Knicks for the Lakers, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

There have been rumblings that Jackson might want to return to the Lakers and those rumors will likely gain some steam now that the Knicks will again miss the playoffs. Jackson will have a decision on the Knicks next head coach if he stays in New York, but we'll be on the lookout for news surrounding his future as the president of the Knicks.
Apr 12 - 10:22 AM

Phil Jackson is reportedly pushing for Kurt Rambis to be the Knicks' next full-time head coach.

Jackson has reportedly been much more involved in helping Rambis run the team since he took over the head coaching duties for Derek Fisher, and that is because Rambis has been much more receptive to Jackson's input than Fisher ever was. While Carmelo Anthony would prefer Jackson go through an all encompassing coaching search, Rambis has reportedly emerged as Jackson's one and only choice. It'll be interesting to see if James Dolan signs off on the hire this offseason.
Apr 6 - 5:04 PM

Phil Jackson won't coach the Knicks on a part-time basis next season, according to a source close to the Knicks president.

There have been rumors that Jackson would split Knicks head coaching duties with Kurt Rambis next season, but Jackson's friend Charley Rosen said that scenario is unrealistic. "Phil said it’s absolutely not true — there’s no chance he’s going to coach,’’ Rosen said. "It’s total fantasy — an old rumor.’’ While anything is possible, it sounds like we won't see a Rambis-Jackson head coaching pairing in 2016-17.
Mar 22 - 9:06 AM

Carmelo Anthony stated on Tuesday that he would not accept Phil Jackson as a part-time head coach for the Knicks.

"I wouldn’t accept that if that was the case," Anthony said of rumors that Jackson could coach the Knicks during home games next season. "Phil is cool man. He doesn’t need to be on the sidelines no more... Phil ain’t coaching no more man. So let’s [kill] that rumor. Phil ain’t coaching no more." Rumors of Jackson only coaching home games have been floated around in the past, but have never come to fruition, and it doesn't seem likely that will suddenly change next season.
Mar 16 - 9:55 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Langston Galloway
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Justin Holiday
3Sasha Vujacic
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Lance Thomas
3Cleanthony Early
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Derrick Williams
C1Kyle O'Quinn
2Kevin Seraphin
3Lou Amundson