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May 18, 2015 Updates

In fact, according to ESPN Insider Chad Ford, there is "complicated debate" among the Knicks front office regarding Okafor and the two top point guards -- D'Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay. "As of today, it looks like Jahlil Okafor would be the second choice. While he doesn't have the defensive skills of Towns, his ability to play right away and his dominance on the offensive end will make him difficult to pass. After that, the Mudiay and Russell rages in the Knicks' front office the same way it's raging in front offices around the NBA," Ford says. ESPN.com

Jose Calderon: Everything started because I switched (onto Garnett on defense) once, and I contested one of his shots. And he made it. So he was kind of happy about it. So we went at each other. …The next possession he comes back and he's like, 'OK, let's do it again.'…I think after that, he looked at me differently, like, I stood up to him or whatever. After that, we have [had] a great relationship. Bleacher Report

New York Liberty owner James Dolan and new team president Isiah Thomas met with players on Saturday to address a jury's ruling that Madison Square Garden improperly fired a female executive who accused Thomas of sexual harassment. "They were very open and honest," veteran Swin Cash said. "That's what I appreciated ... to really address all the issues and not just be politically correct. So that's I think, as players, what we really appreciated the most." ESPN.com

Liberty guard/forward Essence Carson said she's had a handful of interactions with the Hall of Fame point guard. "My personal experience with Isiah has been nothing but professional ... and I expect it to remain the same moving forward," Carson said. "And I would expect it to be that way for players 1 through 12, 1 through 15 and the entire office on the Liberty side." Carson added: "I trust the company wholeheartedly and entirely that they made the right decision. Again, my time here has been nothing but the utmost professional and I expect moving forward for it to remain the same and nothing to change, nothing to alter that. ESPN.com

The Knicks sit as the second seed with a 38.7 percent chance of landing in the top two and getting a crack at the big-man pair Jackson craves. Jackson has hinted multiple times he’s leaning toward Towns because he’s a more accomplished defender. “I would go with Okafor,’’ Hill, the CBS/TNT college basketball analyst, told The Post after the NBA Draft Combine ended Saturday in Chicago. “Between the two, he’s more ready to come in and leave an imprint and impact right from the start. Both will be great players, but Jahlil is more polished at this point and NBA-ready in the post than Towns. Towns at this point might have a nod on the defensive end but offensively it’s Okafor.’’ New York Post

May 17, 2015 Updates


Carmelo Anthony already ahead of Phil Jackson, but still far away from the all-time New York greats.


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