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March 3, 2015 Updates

Brown reportedly feuded with Stephon Marbury a lot that season, but Brown said that wasn’t quite accurate. “Let me explain something to you,” he said. “Marbury was not our problem. That’s not fair. Isiah (Thomas) and Marbury were a problem because Marbury and Isiah were connected at the hip, and there was no chance for Stephon to be able to play for me. But he was a good kid and had really no chance (of) being successful the way the dynamics worked out. A coach needs to be able to coach a team and needs the president, the owner, the GM – everybody – to be on the same page. Jim Dolan gave me every chance to be successful, but we didn’t have any unity in the way that program was run. And as a result, it struggled. “If you look at the great NBA franchises,” Brown continued, “everybody that’s successful, they’re all connected at the hip. So I feel bad that I wasn’t able to help that franchise move forward. I’m hopeful that it will now that Phil’s running everything. That’s a chapter in my life that I don’t look back on anymore because I know I didn’t have a chance to be successful.” CBSSports.com

MSG and Cablevision boss James Dolan wants to buy the New York Daily News and has a team of bankers exploring the possibility, Page Six has exclusively learned. A source tells us Dolan’s interest in the tabloid is a natural extension of Cablevision’s current ownership of Newsday. But Dolan and MSG have been locked in a 10-year feud with the News, which could put some of the paper’s editorial staff in a precarious position if he becomes the buyer. The feud between Dolan and the News dates back to ’05, when the paper backed a plan by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg to build the West Side Stadium. Cablevision, with Dolan as CEO, opposed the move, as the new sports venue would have competed directly with MSG. New York Post

March 2, 2015 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA's review process continues on Phil Jackson's public comments about draft-ineligible D'Angelo Russell, league sources tell Yahoo. Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell is considered draft-ineligible -- until he declares. NBA doesn't let teams comment on those players. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Sols, a 3D printing company, may change how shoes are built for customers. Sols’ goal is to essentially eliminate shoe sizes — with three pictures of a customer’s foot, Sols can create a custom orthotic and from there build the custom shoe. Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is a main investor in the company. The general idea would be that Sols creates the base of the shoe and any leathers on top of the shoe could be created around that base. Have high arches? No problem, Sols will be custom fitted to your specific foot. In between sizes? Once again, it won’t matter because each base of the shoe is custom built. The Fields of Green

March 1, 2015 Updates

Knicks president Phil Jackson continued to scout top college prospects in person on Saturday. He was shown by television cameras in the stands at the Kentucky-Arkansas game. The Knicks are on pace to get a high pick in June’s NBA draft. Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns is projected as a top pick. Many draft experts put fellow Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein in the same echelon. Jackson likely had his eyes on those two. Earlier this week, the Knicks president attended Ohio State’s game against Nebraska and he commented on Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell. The NBA will likely fine Jackson for his comments. According to a source, several teams complained about the comment. It is against league rules for personnel to comment on players who haven’t declared for the NBA draft. ... The Knicks beat the Raptors on Saturday to win back-to-back games for the first time in a month. Hardaway Jr. led the team with 22 points. ESPN.com

Jeff Van Gundy was an assistant under Pat Riley, and he said he never will forget that day in Charleston when the unproven Mason and the established Xavier McDaniel got into a fight that didn't end quickly. "It started with a block-out drill, and five minutes later, Xavier McDaniel and Anthony were going around the gym throwing haymakers at each other," Van Gundy said by phone. "I think it set the tone for just how hard we were going to play that season. He came in to compete and he backed down from no one." Newsday

"I think anybody who coached Anthony will always remember him for his intensity, passion, toughness and a really long work ethic," Van Gundy said. "He didn't take days off practice. He played every night. He was really a great, great story of perseverance that turned into success I don't think anybody imagined when he came to training camp for the first time with the Knicks." Newsday

But after a series of injuries over the past few seasons have robbed him of a good chunk of the breathtaking athleticism and power that made him one of the most fearsome offensive forces in the league, Stoudemire said he has no regrets about how his tenure in New York turned out. “No, I don’t, actually,” Stoudemire said before the Nets’ 104-94 win over the Mavericks. “I can’t control how my body reacts to certain things. But, other than that, I have no regrets.” New York Post

On Saturday, before a game against the Toronto Raptors, the New York Knicks held a moment of silence to celebrate the life of former NBA forward — and former Knick — Anthony Mason. Earlier in the day, the Knicks confirmed that Mason had died at the age of 48. The moment of silence was one of many gestures from the sports world that honored the memory of Mason. For The Win

“We were a hard-nosed, no-nonsense team,” guard Derek Harper said. “Our toughness came through guys like Mase. He was the mainstay of what we were, the epitome of hard work. No one ever protected teammates like Oak and Mase. “He didn’t have my route to the pros,” Harper added. “He took the hard road, went to a small college [Tennessee State]. He beat the odds. And to be from New York and find success in New York as a Knickerbocker, that is a hard thing to do. But Mase had that toughness. This is just a sad day.” New York Post

He deserved such veneration on the court, although Mase shouldn’t be mythologized too much. Mason was no great hero, even with his up-from-nowhere, New York back story. He warred with the refs, got into trouble with the police, and he was accused in 1998 of statutory rape — a charge that was downgraded to two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. New York Daily News

Mason could be as surly to the press as he was to opponents, and that was just fine as long as he channeled his persecution complex into his defense. He did that, almost always. He gave and took the hardest fouls off the bench, then complained about not getting enough of the ball or the minutes. There was nothing phony about Mason. He was a born intimidator, a hard man. New York Daily News

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