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February 5, 2015 Updates

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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We reached out to a front office official from another NBA team, a pro scout and an agent to seek out unbiased — OK, outside — opinions. Their take? There is blame to go around. The roster is an ill-fitting disaster. While Jackson tried to take the pressure off of coach Derek Fisher, the scout pointed out, “I think Derek is responsible. They don’t guard at all. You can be competitive with a bad team.” No one is unscathed at 5-36. Bergen Record

"Phil is right — this is his fault,” said a scout. “He took this job like, ‘I’m here, everything will be great.’ And then he gave away the assets he had.” Jackson stripped down the roster and gathered precious few assets in return. That leaves the Knicks with a roster that has very few pieces any other franchise would want. “The value of these guys were decimated after what’s happening,” said a front office executive. “All the assets value was not there, not working, so he cleaned out. I know it’s easier to get rid of people. The next part is the hardest part, getting good players to come forward. This is a process and it’s not happening overnight.” Bergen Record

January 11, 2015 Updates

Nearly halfway through the season, the Warriors are at the top, the Knicks under Derek Fisher are at the bottom. “I totally feel for [Fisher]. The NBA is a roller coaster. It’s really fun when you win, really devastating when you lose,” Kerr said. “Unfortunately it’s part of the gig, and I guarantee you I’m going to be facing that at some point in my career.” New York Post

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Later today, the Knicks are expected to sign guard Langston Galloway. The 23-year old was a member of New York’s D-League team in Westchester and participated in the Knicks Summer League session in Las Vegas this past July. “I do think he has the ability to be a lead guard in terms of initiating offense with the ball but also enough shot making ability to play more of a traditional off-guard type of a roll as well,” Fisher said. The Westchester Knicks operate in a similar fashion from a scheme standpoint, which should ease the transition process for Galloway. He also made an impression on Fisher during his Summer League stint. “Not being afraid of the moment as a young guy was really impressive over the summer and I think he has done some things in Westchester so far that tell us that he has the make-up of a guy that can develop into a pro player and we’re excited to have him here for a short period of time and I know he is going to try to make the most of it,” Fisher said. NBA.com

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