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December 10, 2014 Updates
December 9, 2014 Updates

"If I know Phil [Jackson, Knicks team president], he just feels like [crap] right now," Rodman told reporters at a promotional event in Manhattan. "I think he just feels like, 'Wow, I thought I came here to do a great job and revitalize the city of New York.' He didn't expect this. "He didn't expect this. I saw him a couple of times on TV when I was in L.A., and I'm like, I know what you feel like, Phil. You came to be the savior and all of a sudden it's like, ugh. Then you went and got Derek Fisher. Really, is he coaching? Is Derek Fisher coaching? I don't get it. I don't know what's up with that team, man. You've got Carmelo and after that who else do you got? ESPN.com

"They're not running the triangle. Derek Fisher's not really coaching. I know Phil is trying to throw his input in the background, but who expected this from Phil? They expected him, we're going to give you $15 million a year for the next six years and this team is -- wow -- they might not even make the playoffs." ESPN.com

Anthony, who says he doesn't read the papers, said it was brought to his attention what Jackson said. Overall, it didn't seem the Knicks were bothered by Jackson's assessment as much as they are by their record. "I don't like to lose," Anthony said before the morning shootaround. "I don't like to see us sitting at 4-18 right now. "Loser's mentality, I think a lot of people will kind of decipher that in their own different ways. You ask 10 people, you're going to get 10 different opinions of what that means. I know we don't have a losing mentality. I just know that when you're losing basketball games, it's easier to figure out how not to lose than it is how to win games." Newsday

The Knicks are struggling as they learn Phil Jackson's triangle offense and Dennis Rodman, once a key piece of some of Jackson's championship teams, doesn't get it. "I learned that in probably 15 minutes when I was in Chicago," the former NBA bad boy/rebound machine said Tuesday morning at an appearance in Manhattan. "It's not that difficult. It's a triangle. "Everybody has an opportunity to touch the ball and shoot it. It seems like it goes back to Carmelo Anthony and then everything stops. What are you going to do?" New York Daily News

Jackson said he could travel later in the season, but more to meet with other teams’ executives. He didn’t answer a question on how much traveling he’d do for college scouting, indicating top adviser Clarence Gaines has most of it covered. He has “the urge to yell’’ during games but “no desire’’ to be on the bench coaching. That’s too bad. This president’s job looks almost impossible. Maybe that’s why he needed $60 million to accept the challenge. New York Post

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson sees a troubling characteristic developing in his team. "It's about a loser's mentality," Jackson said on Monday. "It's not about the skill or the talent level." At 4-18, Jackson's Knicks are off to the worst 22-game start in the 69-year history of the franchise. One of their biggest issues of late is a failure to execute late in close games. ESPN.com

December 8, 2014 Updates

It didn't take long for the sermon on the Knicks to turns serious, and Jackson said the Knicks' start is crucible. "Obviously, pretty disappointed," Jackson said of the team's 4-18 record, the worst start in franchise history, which includes a seven-game losing streak and the current eight-game losing streak. USA Today Sports

"We knew it was going to be a process. We talked about that before. But that process has been set in place. I think guys understand what we're trying to do. Hopefully, they're getting to be more compliant. There's some resistance to discipline and order and culture change and things like that. "We're kind of calling it a crucible what we're going through here." USA Today Sports

"I think everybody's still trying to learn it," Anthony said Thursday. "Guys for the most part are just trying to become more comfortable with their roles in this system. Now, with what we're doing, you've got to kind of be comfortable with being uncomfortable. A lot of times, in people's careers and guys' careers, they've never had to do that. So it's been a culture shock for everybody. But we've got to do it. This is what we're going to be running, and we've got to adjust to it." NBA.com

Aldridge made headlines over the summer when he said he emphatically would re-sign with Portland for the full five years in explaining why he was turning down a short-term contract extension. The Knicks have cap space and a great amount of interest in Aldridge. “I’m not even going to talk about it,’’ Aldridge said. “I went into the season saying I was coming back. I’ll play the season out and go from there.’’ New York Post

Asked by The Post Sunday if he will still listen to teams’ overtures, Aldridge, the three-time All-Star out of Texas, said, “I’m not even going to get into it. It’s something I’ll talk about this summer. Right now it would be a distraction if I talked about it. I don’t want to be a distraction to the team by talking about it.’’ Aldridge has heard the pleas from Knicks fans on the street this weekend and on social media. He has a spectacular mid-range game for a big man and rebounds well. “Of course,’’ Aldridge said about hearing Knicks fans. “Here, on Instagram, everywhere. Fans here are very loyal and talk about coming here. I don’t tell them anything.’’ New York Post

December 7, 2014 Updates

Perhaps Aldridge will join the Knicks this summer, but more likely he will stay in Portland, just like center Marc Gasol will stay in Memphis. Why would Aldridge or Gasol accept less money to join a franchise with one of the league’s bottom three records? The Post reported Friday the Knicks realize the odds are stacked against them for Gasol. New York Post

The Knicks, whose priority this offseason is signing a big man, can offer just four years to Aldridge, who would be a nice fit in the triangle because of his post-up and mid-range game. Nevertheless, with the new TV contract worth billions, Aldridge could sign for two years and wait for the explosion of the salary cap and max contracts that are expected to take place starting in 2016. The Blazers are off to a 15-4 start — a strong pull for Aldridge to remain comfortable in wanting to remain in Rose City. Aldridge is dazzling, averaging 22.2 points and 9.8 rebounds. New York Post


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


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