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October 28, 2014 Updates

Buss describes the motorcycle-riding hippie, who is known as the “Zen Master,” as “very competitive, which makes it very interesting. He’s such an open person, but yet, he will slice you,” she says, noting he has never let her win a Words With Friends game. “He will always figure out a way to beat me. It’s uncanny.” And since he moved East, Buss says her lonely kitchen has an echo. “I haven’t had a home-cooked meal in months. I’m spoiled with Phil. He makes a great paella. He should share that recipe.” New York Post

On Monday, the New York Knicks traded journeyman forward Travis Outlaw to the Philadelphia 76ers for little-used third-year big man Arnett Moultrie. Following the trade, the Sixers updated the roster page on their website to show a picture of their newest player. One problem: They posted the wrong guy. Rather than Travis Outlaw, they updated their roster to include a picture of Bo Outlaw, whom you may remember from the turn-of-the-century Orlando Magic. Bo Outlaw is 43 years old and retired from the NBA in 2008. NBCSports.com

October 27, 2014 Updates

Anthony ultimately chose to remain in New York and sign a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks. But he says that's because he "just felt more comfortable staying here in New York" and not because he had any misgivings about playing with Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant. "Hell no. Of course not," Anthony said. "If I thought that [playing for the Lakers] was the right situation for me from an overall perspective as far as having a team there, then I would have looked at that situation more in-depth. I just felt more comfortable staying here in New York. But as far as playing with him ... I'm here now but I would always love to play with Kobe." ESPN.com

Anthony said that he and Bryant, whom he considers a good friend, had several conversations outside of the pitch meeting, but that he never felt pressured. "He wasn't calling me every day and like, 'Get over here! I want you here!'" Anthony said. "We had conversations about different situations whether it was in New York or in L.A., but it wasn't to the point where it was non-stop calling or texting or stuff like that." ESPN.com

October 26, 2014 Updates

Another one of Phil Jackson’s ex-players is joining the Knicks The team has hired former Chicago Bull Craig Hodges as an assistant coach on the Westchester Knicks, the organization’s D-League affiliate, according to league sources. Hodges will join head coach Kevin Whitted’s staff. He is the latest former player of Jackson’s to join the Knicks. Jackson has also hired Derek Fisher (head coach), Kurt Rambis (assistant coach), Jim Cleamons (assistant coach) and Clarence Gaines (personnel executive). Jackson also signed and waived ex-Laker Lamar Odom. ESPN.com

The New York Knicks don’t appear positioned to be a championship contender in the near future. But could that change by pairing Gasol with Carmelo Anthony? There already is a strong belief that Knicks boss Phil Jackson will target Gasol because of his belief that Gasol is the quintessential center to play in the triangle offense. Memphis Commercial Appeal

The Knicks will keep Travis Wear on their 15-man roster and waive veteran Travis Outlaw, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog. “Travis Wear made the team,” the source said. “They are cutting Outlaw.” The Knicks Blog

The 6-foot-10 Wear out of UCLA has a contract worth $507,336, but the source said only $62,000 is guaranteed. The 6-9 Outlaw is in the last year of a four-year, $12 million fully guaranteed deal and is owed $3 million. Still, Wear has outplayed Outlaw so far in the triangle offense in the preseason, shooting 45 percent in five games. “Travis [Wear] ia a really good player,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said last weekend. “He works hard every single day. He has some natural talents and some natural gifts that you can’t coach. He’s extremely athletic and he has a feel for the game of basketball. He’s helped us in the minutes that he has gotten out on the floor. The Knicks Blog

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