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May 18, 2015 Updates

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

Yet there's a concern that makes all of this even more insidious, if that's possible. Thomas also was made a partial owner of the Liberty, so he must be approved by the WNBA's Board of Governors. And if that doesn't happen, what if Dolan threatens to pull the plug on the Liberty? Sources I spoke to around the league have expressed concern about that. This could turn into a kind of extortion. It appears the Liberty are a pawn in something that shouldn't even involve them or the WNBA. That's the "game" of getting Thomas officially back into the fold at MSG. Dolan might have decided that this is a sure-fire way to secure that: Use the Liberty as a bargaining chip. ESPN.com

May 16, 2015 Updates

After locking in three members of his new coaching staff, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan is pursuing an ambitious list of ex-NBA head coaches and assistant coaches for the two most prominent roles on his bench, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Donovan has a targeted interest in several potential candidates, including ex-New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams, Chicago Bulls assistant Andy Greer and Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, league sources said. Another possibility could be the return of New York Knicks assistant Brian Keefe, league sources told Yahoo Sports Yahoo! Sports

Last week, Winslow attended a Yankees game with his new Roc Nation agency and sat with Anthony and his young son, Kiyan. “Of course Carmelo loves playing for the Knicks — I know he loves playing for the Knicks,’’ Winslow said Friday at the NBA draft combine. “Our conversation wasn’t how I’d fit in with the Knicks. Our conversation was the adjustment from college to the league and how my workouts were going. He’s being a mentor for a similar guy, similar path, national champion freshman year. It’s great to have a guy like that who accomplished so much to look out for you.’’ New York Post

May 15, 2015 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN KNICKS HISTORY

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

   

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