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Spurs Could Have Interest In Paul, Rose

Source | 12 hrs ago.

With the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers about to meet in another NBA Finals, the rest of the league is already looking to improve for the 2017-2018 season. Much of the speculation has been surrounding the likes of Gordon Hayward, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap, all of whom could be All-Stars next season. Lesser players like Derrick Rose and Otto Porter are also looking for contracts this summer, and the San Antonio Spurs have begun eyeing potential targets this offseason.

Report: Knicks would like to revisit Ricky Rubio trade talks, eyeing free agents such as P.J. Tucker

Source | 2 days ago.

The Knicks need a whole lot of things this summer — starting with someone who would give them anything of value for Carmelo Anthony (they may well strike out there) — but at the top of the list should be getting players who can defend. One way to do that, revisit the Ricky Rubio trade discussions they had near the trade deadline. Ian Begley of ESPN said some in the Knicks camp hope to do that.

Two workouts this week could alter Caleb Swanigan’s NBA Draft decision

Source | 2 days ago.

Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan has the most important decision among any college basketball player who could return next season from the 2017 NBA Draft process. If Swanigan comes back for his junior season, he’s the frontrunner for National Player of the Year. Wednesday night is the decision deadline for players to return to college basketball for next season and Swanigan will use two more workouts scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday to help decide his future.

Knicks showing interest in P.J. Tucker, Dante Cunningham

Source | 2 days ago.

The Knicks are looking to add more two-way players like Courtney Lee in free agency this summer, as the team has shown preliminary interest in players such as P.J. Tucker and Dante Cunningham, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. Jeff Hornacek coached Tucker in Phoenix and praised the veteran forward for his leadership in the locker room and his intensity on defense. The 32-year old also shot 35.7 percent from the three-point line last season, including a 40 percent clip once he was traded to the Raptors. Cunningham has developed a nice shot from long range, leading the Pelicans in 3-point field goal percentage last season at 39.2 percent. The 30-year old proved to be quite valuable to New Orleans

Will Knicks be interested in G Dennis Smith, Jr.?

Source | 3 days ago.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Less than three months ago, there was still recent talk of NC State's Dennis Smith, Jr. standing tall as a top-five pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Regarded as a special prospect in this point guard-heavy draft, Smith Jr.'s stock has wavered as that of others has risen. T he fact of the matter is this: there are so many talented floor generals in this draft that quality players are simply bound to slip through the cracks a little bit. This means the Knicks will likely be able to come away with the player they need, despite having fallen to eighth overall. Smith averaged an impressive 6.2 assists during his freshman year and was often able to find his teammates

Report: Knicks letting go Kristaps Porzingis’ favorite assistant coach

Source | 4 days ago.

The New York Knicks are not renewing the contract of assistant coach Josh Longstaff, according to a team official. Longstaff, 34, was well-respected in the Knicks’ locker room, so the decision will likely come as a surprise to players. Players such as Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez, Ron Baker, Chasson Randle, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Marshall Plumlee credited Longstaff and fellow assistant Dave Bliss with helping them with individual development.

Column: NBA short on drama, but long on conspiracy theories

Source | 4 days ago.

Did you know NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so worried about the league's TV ratings that he rang up LeBron James and told him to take it easy on the Celtics? Or that the league slipped an envelope with a bent corner into the drum at the 1985 draft lottery so Stern could reach in and effectively hand projected No. 1 pick Patrick Ewing over to the struggling New York Knicks.

Report: Phil Jackson met with Porzingis’ brother to discuss Knicks issues

Source | 4 days ago.

A recent meeting between Knicks president Phil Jackson and Kristaps Porzingis’ brother yielded little in the way of positive results, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports. Janis Porzingis, who is also one of Kristaps’ agents, met with Jackson for what was described as a “lengthy sitdown” concerning the team and Porzingis’ well-publicized decision to skip his exit interview after the season. Janis recently told ESPN that Kristaps wants the Knicks to create “an environment where he can develop and grow as a player and win.” New York endured another frustrating season, with Porzingis among several Knicks who dealt with injuries amid a lot of losing and controversy surrounding Carmelo Anthony’s status with the team.

Phil Jackson meets with Kristaps Porzingis’ brother/agent, still huge gap between sides

Source | 5 days ago.

Kristaps Porzingis skipped out on his exit interview with the Knicks, sending a message that he was not happy with the direction/management of the organization. Finally, Jackson has sat down with Janis Porzingis — Kristaps brother and agent, himself a former pro basketball player in Europe — but that didn’t solve things, reports Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Knicks interested in hiring Prigioni as assistant coach

Source | 7 days ago.

The Knicks are interested in hiring recently-retired Pablo Prigioni as an assistant coach, according to Sportando. Prigioni might also be an option as head coach for Baskonia, which plays in the Euro League in Spain, notes Sportando. The 40-year-old Prigioni played with the Knicks from 2012 to 2015 before finishing his career with the Rockets and Clippers. Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive The hiring of Prigioni would be a huge boost to the Knicks' coaching staff for many reasons. When thinking back to the last time the team had stability at the point guard position, Prigioni was part of the three-headed monster (alongside Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton) that helped pace New York to the

How the jobs you don't get can change your life and make your career

Source | 7 days ago.

After graduation, I made millions of dollars climbing to the top of Mount Wall Street. Shortly thereafter, I got a job on Wall Street. As a B student with a journalism degree and a 970 SAT score, I was an unlikely candidate for Wall Street success.

Knicks Weighing Options With No.8 Pick

Source | 7 days ago.

The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery was another disappointment in a long line of failures for the New York Knicks. Any opportunity to land a top prospect like Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball or De’Aaron Fox likely went out the window when the team was given the No.8 overall pick in the first round of this year’s draft. When looking at the latest mock drafts and rumors, names like Malik Monk, Dennis Smith and Frank Ntilikina are brought up in connection with the Knicks.

Ntilikina, Monk could be options for Knicks with 8th pick

Source | 8 days ago.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Now that the ping pong balls have dropped, there's no question anymore: the Knicks will select eighth in the 2017 NBA Draft. Walt "Clyde" Frazier's regal suit didn't bring the team any good fortune, as New York actually slipped one spot from their most likely place. As unfortunate as that may be, the end to all the speculation should come as a relief to the organization. Now that they know where they'll be selecting, they can forge ahead with a more realistic plan. Out the door along with the possibility of a top-three pick are the pipedreams of Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. The team has the luxury of two formidable building blocks in Kristaps Porzingis

Complete 2017 NBA Draft Lottery Odds

Source | 8 days ago.

Just before Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals gets underway, the futures of every franchise that missed the NBA Playoffs will be affected. The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery will determine the order of the top 14 picks in the first round of what’s expected

2017 NBA Draft order: Celtics, Lakers, 76ers will pick in the top 3

Source | 9 days ago.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports The order teams will pick in the 2017 NBA Draft is set. The 2017 NBA Draft order is set. The NBA broke the remaining ties with a drawing, and there was of course the NBA Draft lottery that gave the Celtics, Lakers

Knicks Draw 8th Pick In Upcoming NBA Draft; Celtics Take Home Top Prize

Source | 9 days ago.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Knicks drew the 8th pick in Tuesday night’s NBA Draft lottery as the Boston Celtics took home the coveted first pick. The Celtics won by beating out the Lakers, giving the draft lottery an old NBA Finals feel. Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson’s smile, the hated rivals were both winners. The Celtics won the lottery Tuesday night to continue another amazing basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. “This is about the youth,” Knicks team President Phil Jackson told a group of reporters following the lottery. “Kids are coming into this league. Our opportunity could have been seventh, could have been tenth.

Knicks hoping to move in to Top 3 during tonight's NBA Draft Lottery

Source | 9 days ago.

The Knicks have a 5.3 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick during tonight's NBA Draft Lottery and an 18.3 percent chance of moving in to the Top 3. They're currently in the seventh slot and could drop as low as 10th -- though there's only a 0.3 percent chance of that happening. Knicks legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier will be representing the team on the dais, and he's hoping for the same scenario that played out in 1985, when the Knicks won the top pick and eventually selected Patrick Ewing. "I've been having visions of Dave DeBusschere hyperventilating and pounding on the table,'' Frazier told the NY Post. "Hopefully I'll be able to do that.'' Knicks president Phil Jackson told The Post the team

2017 NBA draft lottery primer: What you need to know

Source | 10 days ago.

The 2017 NBA draft lottery takes place in New York City on Tuesday, cementing the order of selections for the first round of the June 22 NBA draft. 1. When is the 2017 NBA draft lottery? The 2017 NBA draft lottery takes place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.

Phil's comments are hurting Melo's trade value

Source | 11 days ago.

Knicks president Phil Jackson's comments about Carmelo Anthony are hurting Anthony's trade value, several league executives told Fred Kerber of the NY Post. Jackson criticized Anthony's style of play during the season, said last month he would be "better off elsewhere," and reiterated last week that the team wants to move on from Anthony. "Phil made a statement basically that Carmelo's a losing type of player," an Eastern Conference executive told the Post. "Well, if he's a loser for the Knicks, he's going to be a winner someplace else? That obviously didn't help." Another executive said Anthony's trade value has been impacted "tremendously," since Jackson has made it known that the team wants

Howard Stern Explains His Controversial Day Off: ‘I Took a Sick Day’

Source | 11 days ago.

Fans of Howard Stern‘s Sirius XM show can breathe a little easier after the brouhaha that occurred when the powerhouse talk-show host took a day off last week. “There was a lot of speculation, ‘Where was I on Wednesday?’” Stern said addressing the controversy on Monday morning. “Many people pointed out that me taking what they call a ‘personal day’ — by the way, I never said ‘personal day.’ I didn’t take a personal day, I took a sick day and I’m still sick, you can still hear it in my voice,” explained the acerbic shock jock after telling listeners he didn’t want to be there.

Jeff Hornacek, Phil Jackson indicate Knicks will keep Kristaps Porzingis

Source | 13 days ago.

Kristaps Porzingis is, by far, the best thing the Knicks have going for them. Hornacek said his only contact with Porzingis was a text message that probably went ignored, as Hornacek declined to answer — while holding a guilty smile — whether Porzingis responded to his text. Is Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek certain enough he’ll remain in New York to talk about Porzingis’ future there?

Phil Jackson says Carmelo Anthony should take trade to contender

Source | 13 days ago.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson repeated his stance about forward Carmelo Anthony, saying that the perennial All-Star should waive his no-trade clause and be traded somewhere he can compete for a championship. Anthony was on the trade block virtually the entire second half of the season, with team missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

Phil Jackson, despite repeated warnings, still wants to talk about moving Carmelo Anthony

Source | 13 days ago.

Phil Jackson hasn’t modified his approach, much. The Knicks president, meeting with the media at the NBA’s draft combine in Chicago, did not back off the mid-April news conference. Many people agree with Phil Jackson.

New York Knicks' Jackson says Anthony needs to move on

Source | 13 days ago.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson reiterated that Carmelo Anthony wasn't a good fit for his team and that he should consider a trade to a strong contender. Last month Jackson said the star forward would be "better off somewhere else." After the Knicks failed to make the playoffs for a third straight season, Jackson indicated nine-time NBA all-star Anthony wasn't in the team's rebuilding plans. Tensions mounted between Jackson and Anthony in January, when a columnist known to be a confidant of Jackson wrote that the player had outlived his usefulness in New York.

2017 NBA Mock Draft: Pre-Lottery Edition

Source | 13 days ago.

At the NBA Draft on June 22, 2017, that dream becomes a reality — for some. Markelle Fultz is an absolute stud. Fultz isn’t without flaws, but make no mistake, he has the makings of a superstar at the next level. 2.