Contrary to reports, Jeanie Buss says the money from the Time Warner deal is set, guaranteed regardless of ratings. The stakes, and consequences, however, are still high. “The team is obviously not doing as well this year — injuries and whatnot. Knock on wood, so far the effect [on business] hasn’t been horrible,” says Lakers COO/senior VP of business operations Tim Harris. “You look at the key indicators: OK, how are the ratings? The ratings are a little down.12 They are down relative to the Lakers, but they are still strong relative to an NBA team. Sponsorship interest is up. That’s good. The big indicator is tickets, and so far we are holding our own. Yeah, there are some soft nights every now and again, but by and large the interest is maintained. Now, if the team stays exactly where they are now, and you and I are having this conversation in another year, am I gonna say the same thing? I don’t know.”
February 25, 2017 | 8:03 pm EST Update
On the same day Phil Jackson tweeted an emoji of a triangle along with a Happy Birthday to his beloved offense’s creator, Tex Winter, Jeff Hornacek acknowledged the Knicks have re-embraced the system recently. In fact, sources told the Daily News that the Knicks spent an entire practice going over the offense, with assistant Kurt Rambis getting more involved.