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March 4, 2015 Updates

After Steve Kerr backed out of Jackson’s offer to coach the Knicks, The Post reported exclusively in May Jackson preferred Shaw, a triangle-offense guru, over Derek Fisher, but was leery of going down that path because of the compensation he would have had to give the Nuggets. Shaw served under Jackson with the Lakers as either a scout or assistant coach from 2003-11. It’s doubtful Jackson would move to replace Fisher after giving him a five-year contract, but adding Shaw as another veteran triangle voice on the Knicks coaching staff next season is entirely possible. New York Post

“Brian will be fine,’’ Fisher said. “He’s as tough as they come mentally and physically. I’m sure he’s disappointed in the decision. … I think he’ll be fine and find a landing spot. He’s tough and smart enough to find his way wherever he wants to be.” Jackson withdrew himself from pursuing Shaw during the offseason when Denver president Josh Kroenke released a statement saying his coach was going nowhere. “[Kroenke] made a statement they’re not willing to let Brian Shaw go — I respect that,” Jackson said at the time. “It’s intrusive to approach another organization to ask for their coach. I would feel badly for someone to ask to speak to my coach.” New York Post

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“I think Andrea’s best basketball is ahead of him,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “But the opportunity now presents itself that he can really step into a role that maybe he would not have had if we were healthy (earlier this season), and show some things for himself. “He’s a free agent going into the summer, and whether it’s our team or 29 other teams, there’s a lot of reasons why he should want to go out and play well.” ESPN.com

February 24, 2015 Updates

With their lavish budget, the Knicks have proved willing to spend over the years, including nominal investments in analytics. The Knicks subscribed to SportVU before it went league-wide, have utilized Catapult technology and employ a director of analytics, Mike Smith, with an assistant. Smith's background is in video rather than statistical analysis, however, and our sources cast doubt on how interested the team's decision-makers really are. Director of player personnel Mark Warkentien, who hired analytics pioneer Dean Oliver when he was with the Denver Nuggets, is a believer, but Jackson calls the shots and coach Derek Fisher is running Jackson's offense. ESPN.com

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Asked the toughest part of mastering the Derek Fisher/Jackson system, Smith gave his most detailed complaint yet. “The toughest thing is we didn’t run enough,’’ Smith said. “With the talent we had, there was no transition offense. It was bring the ball up, run our set and go from there. Everything is a read. So I may not be reading the same thing as the next person is reading. Before you know it, you got turnovers, missed shots and bad transition defense.’’ New York Post

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This has been a rude awakening for Jackson, who is not accustomed to failure and is clearly not taking it well. According to a source, Jackson skipped several league events that he was scheduled to attend during the Knicks’ trip to London, choosing instead to keep a low profile. It was during that same trip that Jackson, according to a Milwaukee Bucks official, confronted Kenyon Martin to ask him about seemingly innocuous comments the veteran forward made a day earlier about the Knicks not being interested in signing him. New York Daily News

For starters, Jackson’s championship teams in Chicago and Los Angeles were exceptional defensively. Yet, in New York all Jackson talks about is offense. And just because Jackson is married to that system, why must Derek Fisher? Jackson’s first choice to coach the Knicks was Steve Kerr, who currently owns the best record in the NBA and doesn't run the triangle. Jackson is downright sensitive to any opposing view. During the preseason, Jackson’s longtime nemesis, Jeff Van Gundy, threw Fisher a bone by saying talent wins, not a system. JVG was making it clear that you shouldn’t expect too much from Fisher until he gets players. New York Daily News

February 3, 2015 Updates

Jackson argued that the triangle was not an inflexible system. As much as he disliked the emerging overreliance on the 3-point shot, he saw the game moving in that direction and “we did more with it during the last two championships in L.A.” Now, he said, he would even endorse a 4-point shot being implemented a few feet behind the 3-point line. Jackson has told Fisher that he is free to tinker, create his own version. “I did things that were altogether different from what Tex ran with his old teams,” he said. “So I told Fish, you’re going to have your own stamp that you put on it but players need to know that they have a base to perform out of. That’s his role, to do the innovation with today’s type player.” New York Times

February 1, 2015 Updates

Derek Fisher takes what's happening to Kobe Bryant to heart: His former Lakers teammate is sidelined for the third season in a row after a slew of serious injuries. But Fisher also said this: Don't count Kobe out. "I definitely almost take it personally," the Knicks' coach said of Bryant, who recently had surgery for a torn rotator cuff and will sit out the rest of the season. "There are very few people who can stay committed to the process of coming back . . . [and] I spoke to him recently and he's just as determined to come back from this one. His mind doesn't see it any other way, and that's the way you have to be." Newsday

January 31, 2015 Updates

Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher won a combined five NBA championship rings together in Los Angeles, but with the Lakers coming to the Garden on Sunday, both men insist they have closed the book on their former team. “It’s been four years [since I was there], so I’ve kind of just divorced myself from them,’’ Jackson told The Post in his first public comments since his Jan. 10 mea culpa press conference following the Knicks’ fire sale of J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. New York Post

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