The Knicks have 10 roster spots to fill, and Brand said he hopes to hear from Jackson again. According to a friend of his mother’s, Daisy always hoped Brand would finish his career with the Knicks. Brand said he also may consider hanging it up after 16 seasons.
July 28, 2015 | 12:27 pm EDT Update
The Knicks are searching for a new head coach – the Westchester Knicks, that is. Former Bulls sniper Craig Hodges, a triangle disciple of Phil Jackson who took over as their D-League head coach for fired Kevin Whitted late last season, has been let go, according to sources. He was 0-4 as interim head coach and his contract has not been renewed.
Hodges was a triangle devotee, having played at Long Beach State for original practitioner Tex Winter. The veteran 3-point specialist won two titles as a player under Jackson in Chicago and two titles as a Lakers developmental coach under Jackson. “Tex told me he wanted me to help him get the players to understand the different movement and actions,’’ Hodges told The Post in an April interview. “For me it should be the only way you should teach basketball. Everybody gets an opportunity to touch the basketball and it’s not out of context with the purity of the game.’’
In a special message for Brooklyn fans, Nets Principal Owner Mikhail Prokhorov talks about the current state of the team and what’s to come in the future. Complementing the core of Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Joe Johnson, Prokhorov highlights the shift to a youth-focused team with high levels of athleticism. The one thing that remains constant, Prokhorov reiterates, is that the team is here to win, and the Nets are committed to doing whatever it takes to make that happen.
The Brooklyn Nets will host Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul of the Turkish Basketball League for a preseason game on October 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center, General Manager Billy King announced today. “We are excited to be hosting Fenerbahce, as it will be a reunion for Bojan Bogdanovic with his former team,” said King. “Our fans will have an opportunity to see one of the best coached teams in all of Europe when they come to Brooklyn.”
And one more note: you may remember my promise to get married if we didn’t win a championship within five years. Sadly to say, five years have passed. And today, I am very happy to say that NBA commissioner Adam Silver has agreed to take the plunge in my place. Adam, you are a much better man than me. Thank you very much, and I wish you and your new bride every happiness. And to the Nets fans, have a best rest of the summer, and I will be seeing you soon.
This is the son of the late Manute Bol, 15-year-old Bol Bol, who looks really, really good at basketball. The kid can dribble, he’s got a weird 3-point shot that he can get off because he’s a foot taller than everyone else, and he doesn’t look afraid to go to the hoop.
July 28, 2015 | 10:18 am EDT Update
Batum is an impending unrestricted free agent on a borderline playoff team, diving into an unprecedented cap frenzy in which two-dozen suitors could offer $20 million per season. Batum’s people have already made noise about how much Batum would like to play in Toronto, a city that appeals to his international roots, per several league sources.
Zeller and Kidd-Gilchrist are solid players, but for now, they don’t project to produce at levels at or above expectations for no. 2 and no. 4 picks; Charlotte has been willing to discuss Zeller in trade talks with several teams, sources say.
The Celtics offered four first-round picks for the chance to move up from no. 16 to no. 9: that 16th pick, no. 15 (acquired in a prearranged contingency deal with the Hawks), one unprotected future Brooklyn pick, and a future first-rounder from either the Grizzlies or Timberwolves, per sources familiar with the talks.1
Some members of Charlotte’s front office liked the Boston deal, but Michael Jordan, the team’s owner and ultimate decision-maker, preferred Kaminsky to a pile of first-rounders outside the lottery, per several sources. That’s justifiable, if you think your guy at no. 9 has a chance at stardom. The talent gap between no. 9 and no. 15 is real; ask Boston how it felt to squeeze into the playoffs, get demolished by a Cavs team in chill mode, and watch Justise Winslow fall right where it could have picked had it won three fewer games.
Agents have at times sidestepped Cho to chat directly with Jordan, according to league sources. The team has turned over almost its entire scouting and analytics departments in the past year. (Though the Hornets recently hired Mike Born, a well-regarded Cho ally from Portland, to a key scouting position.) The relationship between Cho and Clifford has been cool since the team dismissed Rod Higgins, a Jordan ally with whom Clifford felt he could talk hoops, per sources familiar with the matter. Cho, Clifford, and Polk all downplayed the idea of a rift, and the two wings of the organization worked well together this summer to upgrade the team’s shooting across all positions — a goal they shared.
July 28, 2015 | 7:32 am EDT Update
Tim Reynolds: Pat Riley and Goran Dragic have collectively decided that he won’t be playing for Slovenia this summer. No surprise, but still newsworthy.
It doesn’t take a deep in-between-the-lines read of Crawford’s social media activity to know where the Clippers stand with him. He’s been repeatedly asked whether or not he’ll be a Clipper next season on Twitter, and he’s issued responses like “I’m not a (free agent), wish, but I’m not … So, (you) gotta ask Doc.”
When the media has asked Rivers about Crawford’s future with the team, he’s said the team wants to have him back because he appreciates his unique ability to score off the bench. However, persistent trade rumors and other events this summer might have Crawford feeling differently.
Though Crowder always wanted to return, he admittedly needed some sign of president of basketball operations Danny Ainge’s good intentions. “When I first came here you guys were saying tanking, and that was real bad,” Crowder said of his initial reaction after arriving from the Dallas Mavericks as part of last December’s Rajon Rondo trade. “I didn’t want to be a part of that, selfishly because I don’t like losing. I had to ask our direction moving forward. (Ainge) responded well, as you can see. I’m pleased with the guys he brought in. I talked to Danny, the coaches and everyone. I wanted to know the direction. Moving forward we’re going to win playoff games, and that’s something we didn’t do last year. We’re taking steps. We want to get to Banner 18, but we have to win a playoff game first.
Boban Marjanovic may miss Eurobasket with Serbian National Team. Over the last few days there was a report that the giant played the finals of the Serbian League with a fractured foot. The statement, made by Crvena Zvezda assistant coach Velibor Radovic, alarmed the Spurs that blocked Marjanovic from practicing with the Serbian National Team.
Ronny Turiaf: A few weeks after my surgery, I reached out to Fred Hoiberg, who also underwent surgery for an enlarged aorta. His procedure happened three weeks before mine, and he walked me through every single issue I could ever encounter. He gave me moral support and told me everything was going to be okay. That meant a lot to me, because when you rehab from heart surgery, little scares come up all the time. There is so much to know and worry about, so every conversation with Fred was as priceless as the last. That’s why when I joined the Timberwolves in 2013, I chose Fred’s number. I’d always worn 21 whenever possible, but I wasn’t touching Kevin Garnett’s number, out of respect. So Clayton Wilson, the equipment manager, mentioned wearing 32 in honor of Fred, and we thought it was a great idea. What a wonderful rite of passage, and a way to honor someone who played for the Timberwolves and had such an impact in the Minnesota community.