Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Phil Jackson said Sasha Vujacic will be a "significant force" for the Knicks off the bench.

"The bonus is that, having played for me in L.A., Sasha knows the triangle and can help our off-guards get the hang of playing on top of the floor," Jackson said. Vujacic is likely already ahead of Cleanthony Early, but the Knicks are likely going to try and play Jerian Grant right off the bat. Sasha is only a target in deep leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 3:19 PM

Phil Jackson believes Derrick Williams has "considerable upside."

"He runs, finishes in early-offense situations and has the strength to finish in a crowd when he attacks the rim from the wing," Jackson said. "He's working on his 3-point shooting and his intermediate game. I also think he can play power forward against certain opponents." Jackson also pointed to a failure in Williams' player development as a major reason he hasn't reached his potential. While that might be true, it's hard to see Williams suddenly blossoming into a completely new player at this stage of his career.
Source: ESPN
Aug 24 - 1:09 PM

Kevin Seraphin is expected to be a rotation player for the Knicks.

"Kevin's a relentless offensive rebounder and is serviceable on the defensive glass. He works hard and plays good enough defense to be a valuable rotation player," Phil Jackson said. Those looking for hidden gems in standard formats shouldn't come sniffing in Seraphin's direction. After falling out of favor in Washington, there was a reason it took him so long to find his next NBA team.
Source: ESPN
Aug 24 - 12:55 PM

Kyle O'Quinn will play power forward and backup center for the Knicks.

Phil Jackson doesn't believe O'Quinn is a shot-blocker, but "he plays good position as well as good help defense." A previous blurb quoted Jackson as saying he would play backup power forward, but after review he simply said 'power forward,' which makes sense because the Knicks might not want to start Kristaps Porzingis right away.
Source: ESPN
Aug 24 - 12:53 PM

Phil Jackson thinks Robin Lopez has a good ability to defend the screen-and-roll.

While no mention of Batman, Jackson also praised Lopez's ability to score on the opposite end of the floor when he operates on the low block. A player who can impact the game without having plays called for him, Lopez will be asked to anchor a Knicks' defense.
Source: ESPN
Aug 24 - 12:49 PM

Phil Jackson wants Thanasis Antetokounmpo to exhibit more consistency in his game.

"He has a great motor, which can lead to some hyperactivity. His key is learning how to control and sustain his energy on defense and be a consistent scoring threat." The Greek Freak's brother is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: ESPN
Aug 24 - 12:45 PM

Phil Jackson praised Arron Afflalo's versatility after signing him to a two-year contract this summer.

"He has the capability of playing aggressive defense on big guards and small forwards, plus he's a shot-maker," Jackson said. "In addition to his 3-point range, Arron can be very effective scoring in the low post and at the pinch post." Jackson wants AA to be a "leader" on the Knicks because he has the ability and desire to hold his teammates accountable when they exhibit a failure to perform.
Source: ESPN
Aug 24 - 12:44 PM

There is no trade imminent regarding Jose Calderon.

The trade rumors started popping up with Calderon after he responded to some trade talk on Twitter. Calderon has one of the better contracts to trade on the team and the Knicks may want to give Jerian Grant more run. For now, Grant is worth a look late in standard drafts while Calderon is a low-upside guy in the late rounds, too.
Aug 19 - 7:18 PM

Jose Calderon implied that the Clippers and Timberwolves are interested in acquiring his services.

In response to a tweet from a fan saying: "Wake me up when Wolves & Clippers will be intersted in @JmCalderon3," Calderon Retweeted "Hey!!! Wake up!!!!!!!" It's unclear if Calderon is simply tired of hearing his name pop up in the rumor mill and this was just a sarcastic response, or if he actually knows something. The Clippers are reportedly trying to deal Jamal Crawford, while the Wolves have been rumored to be ready to move on from Ricky Rubio. If either of those players were sent to New York, it's likely Calderon's salary would be used to make the numbers work, so it'll be interesting to see if this turns into anything.

Carmelo Anthony implied during a recent interview that Chris Paul and LeBron James will join Team USA to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"We talk about it all the time," Anthony said of winning another gold medal with James and Paul. "Just about how we want to go out and end it the next year with the Olympics, just how much we want to take from this experience. I’m going on four [Olympics], LeBron is going on four. Paul going for three. We’re connected by the hip." Anthony, Paul, and James are all very good friends, so what Melo is saying here does carry some weight. James has yet to officially commit, and likely won't do so until after the 2015-16 season, but a fourth gold medal would be just another thing to add to his legacy.
Aug 19 - 9:29 AM

Phil Jackson thinks Guillermo Hernangomez can be an NBA player.

"I love this kid! I'd compare him to a stronger version of Luis Scola," he said. "He needs to stay in Spain for another year, as he has a contract with [Real] Madrid, but I can definitely see him becoming a solid NBA player." The Knicks may look to bring him over for the 2016-17 season, but it's not going to happen for the upcoming campaign.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Aug 17 - 12:11 PM

Phil Jackson feels rookie Jerian Grant is ready to make an impact in the NBA immediately.

"He's quick, has 3-point range, knows how to pass, can break a defense down with his handle, knows how to get through screens and is comfortable getting people involved on offense." Jackson also added Grant will play both guard spots and will compete with Langston Galloway for playing time. It wouldn't surprise us to see a lineup that features Jose Calderon, Grant, Arron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony and Robin Lopez a lot early this season.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Aug 17 - 12:09 PM

Phil Jackson said he'd like to see Kristaps Porzingis play around 20 minutes per game in his rookie season.

"It's entirely up to [coach Derek Fisher], but it would be great if KP could get as much as 20 minutes a game early in the season, plus maybe a few more later when he's acclimated to the NBA game," he said. "It also has to be determined whether he'll be more comfortable at power forward or center." Although the Zen Master expressed some concern about Porzingis' size, he feels Porzingis will inevitably develop into a very powerful player.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Aug 17 - 12:07 PM

Nikoloz Tskitishvili is reportedly eyeing an NBA comeback and said that he would prefer to play for the Nuggets.

Tskitishvili was drafted with the 5th pick in the 2002 draft, but he was a huge bust and hasn't been in the league since 2006. "I just turned 32, but I'm better," Tskitishvili said. "I'm better at this age. I got stronger. I've got confidence. I got smarter." There has been no reported interest from any NBA teams, so to be completely clear his chances of coming back into the league are very slim.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 16 - 1:03 PM

Carmelo Anthony reportedly threw his headband in anger when he found out that LaMarcus Aldridge's meeting with the Knicks was cancelled because they wanted him to play center.

"We could've gotten LaMarcus," Anthony said. "I believe the conversations me and him had, it was a big chance he'd end up in New York. I don't really know where playing the center position comes in. I know when I was talking to him we had a very great shot." The Knicks told Aldridge they wanted him to play center to accommodate rookie Kristaps Porzingis at PF, and that clearly didn't pan out too well. Anthony has already moved on and was joking about it at Team USA's camp, so there shouldn't be any drama moving forward.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 15 - 3:50 PM


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