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February 26, 2015 Updates

Kobe Bryant: But the facts are facts. The salary cap is the salary cap. Players aren't going to leave millions and millions of dollars on the table twice to come here and play. It's just not realistic. Wanting LeBron (James) to come here and take a massive pay cut again (last summer), after taking a big one to go to Miami, is not realistic. Melo (Carmelo Anthony) leaving $15-20 (million) on the table to come here is not realistic. So we have certain restrictions, but we'll figure it out. USA Today Sports

According to a source familiar with the situation, Jackson’s mysterious tweets weren’t mysterious at all. They were simply a shot at the Knicks for not coming out to compete against the Cavaliers, according to the source. Nothing cryptic about J.R. Smith’s or LeBron James’ showboating during the rout. New York Post

February 25, 2015 Updates

“I think Andrea’s best basketball is ahead of him,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “But the opportunity now presents itself that he can really step into a role that maybe he would not have had if we were healthy (earlier this season), and show some things for himself. “He’s a free agent going into the summer, and whether it’s our team or 29 other teams, there’s a lot of reasons why he should want to go out and play well.” ESPN.com

February 24, 2015 Updates

Point guard Jose Calderon didn’t take offense to Phil Jackson’s harsh tweet of the Knicks’ play in their 101-83 loss to the Cavaliers at the Garden Sunday. Jackson, the team’s president, tweeted: “Today’s game vs Cavs gave bb gods heartburn and those that know what “it” takes/means a smh.” “It wasn’t our best game,” Calderon said. “I don’t know what he said or done. He talks to us when something goes bad. We went back today to work. It happens sometimes, they play better. We’re working on something. We’re building. All these young guys are doing a great job. We’re going to keep fighting until the end. “Maybe it’s a question for Phil.” New York Post

With their lavish budget, the Knicks have proved willing to spend over the years, including nominal investments in analytics. The Knicks subscribed to SportVU before it went league-wide, have utilized Catapult technology and employ a director of analytics, Mike Smith, with an assistant. Smith's background is in video rather than statistical analysis, however, and our sources cast doubt on how interested the team's decision-makers really are. Director of player personnel Mark Warkentien, who hired analytics pioneer Dean Oliver when he was with the Denver Nuggets, is a believer, but Jackson calls the shots and coach Derek Fisher is running Jackson's offense. ESPN.com

“He was a hard-nosed player. We came to the Knicks around the same time and he fought for everything he got in this league as well as growing up,” Starks said during the 16th Annual Knicks Bowl at Chelsea Piers. “He’s fighting right now for his life, and I believe he’s going to pull through. “I think I was at a game when I heard about it. It was a shock. He’s still a young man. Unfortunately these things do occur in life. There’s no rhyme or reason why it happens, but it’s something he continues to fight. His family continues to pray. We continue to pray. It’s just tough right now. Mase is the type of guy who’s going to fight every inch of the way. He’s going to pull through this.” New York Post

February 23, 2015 Updates

Carmelo Anthony played most of the season with a partial tear of the left patellar tendon, The Post has learned. In new details, the debridement part of Thursday’s surgery was to clean out the calcium deposits that formed within the partial tear, so the tear could be repaired. If Anthony had suffered a full tear of the patellar tendon — also known as a rupture — he could not have played on it this season. Ex-Knick Antonio McDyess suffered a full tear in 2000, as did the Giants’ Victor Cruz last season. New York Post

February 22, 2015 Updates

It would be the final dagger to Jackson’s miserable first full season as team president if he is forced to watch on television as Smith and Shumpert guzzle champagne in the Cavaliers’ locker-room after winning the title. “I don’t want to say I felt different [since the trade], [the system] was just easier to play,’’ Smith said. “The style of basketball we play suits my game — run and gun, shoot open shots. Just play. New York Post

Asked the toughest part of mastering the Derek Fisher/Jackson system, Smith gave his most detailed complaint yet. “The toughest thing is we didn’t run enough,’’ Smith said. “With the talent we had, there was no transition offense. It was bring the ball up, run our set and go from there. Everything is a read. So I may not be reading the same thing as the next person is reading. Before you know it, you got turnovers, missed shots and bad transition defense.’’ New York Post

February 21, 2015 Updates

“I have no idea and I really can’t comment on anything in the past, but I can tell you one thing: J.R. Smith has been a dream for us, as a team and for me personally,” Blatt said one day ahead of Smith’s MSG return on Sunday to face the Knicks. “I love the guy. I love coaching him. He comes to work every single day. He’s a great teammate. He’s playing both ends of the court for us consistently. He’s one of the main reasons for our turnaround, together with Iman, who simply started later because of (a shoulder) injury. New York Daily News

Tim Hardaway Jr. has seen his play take a drastic drop from his rookie season, but he survived the trade deadline — perhaps more because of his struggles than the Knicks desire to keep him. He reportedly was included in a package the team tried to put together in a deal for Goran Dragic, who wound up with the Heat. "I don't follow any of that stuff," Hardaway said before the deadline. "I control what I can control - that's playing for this team. … I'm happy to be here. Hopefully, I'll be here for a long time." Bergen Record

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