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April 5, 2015 Updates

Kennedy: If you were a general manager and you had the first pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, would you pick Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor? Williams: It all depends on what you need and it depends on the system in which you play. If the Knicks were to get the first pick and Phil Jackson has made it clear that they want to run the triangle and you already have a pillar in Carmelo Anthony who is a legit wing, it makes sense to take Jahlil Okafor because he is a old school center. If you’re a team like Minnesota, then maybe it makes sense to take a versatile four-five like Karl-Anthony Towns. It all depends on what you like. Basketball Insiders

Asked by The Post after Saturday’s practice if his personal issues have made it even more daunting during this 14-62 season, Fisher said, “I don’t think what goes on personally with guys really has anything to do with how you do your job. I’ve seen what other players and people have gone through personally, and when you come to work there’s a separation. Everybody goes through things. That really has nothing to do with my job. So I haven’t found it more challenging to still show up to work every day and do what I need to do. Everyone faces adversity, so it doesn’t change my approach.’’ New York Post

April 4, 2015 Updates

“It’s about finishing strong and finishing with the guys we have on our team right now,” Hardaway said. “I’m not worried about next year, I’m worried about this season and the game [Sunday against the 76ers]. “It’s just a point to try to end on a good note. You don’t want to leave your team behind. I mean, it’s my wrist — it’s not like it’s my leg or my hips. I’m able to run, I’m able to talk, I’m able to communicate out there on the court. I just want to go out there and play. I play for pride, and I play for the guys on our team.” New York Post

Derek Fisher's wife says she was completely "blindsided" when the NBA legend served her with divorce papers last month ... and was even more shocked that he moved all of his stuff out of their home in the middle of the night ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports. As we previously reported ... Derek filed divorce docs in L.A. on March 18th ... one month after they celebrated their 10th anniversary. TMZ.com

After Friday night’s loss to the Wizards, Fisher finally found something to pretend to be upset about. From Al Iannazzone of Newsday: Fisher just called timeout with 1.3 seconds left and the Knicks down 14. Coaching Wizards dunk with 1.3 secs left gave them 100 points and fans discount on pizza. Fisher wasn’t happy, says “pizza doesn’t taste that great.” But Fisher said the timeout was to make sure he reminded the players finish the game…. Truthfully, Wizards should have run out the clock NBCSports.com

April 3, 2015 Updates

Jackson, who got the Knicks fined last month by the NBA for commenting about Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell while on a scouting trip, wryly replied “I do” when asked by the moderators if he knows who the Knicks would take with the No. 1 overall pick should they win the lottery. He did acknowledge that the Knicks “have no big men,” and the consensus top two picks — Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns — both will be participating in the Final Four this weekend in Indianapolis. New York Daily News

During a 45-minute presentation to season-ticket holders at the Garden’s Theatre, Jackson also was asked what he cherished more in a big man — the ability to pass and score or be a dominant defender. “Defender,’’ Jackson said to applause, adding to the irony of his trade of Chandler last offseason. “That’s a good starting point — a guy like Tyson Chandler and the defensive passion they have to have. So many screen and rolls, so many 3-point shooters, a player of size has to cover and protect the basket but also step out defensively and do defensive work on the extreme part of the floor. It’s very important for that player to have defensive capabilities.’’ New York Post

Phil Jackson already has summed up this disastrous Knicks season by calling it “an experiment that’s fallen flat on its face” and “a project gone awry.” He offered a more time-tested catchphrase to describe his first full year on the job as the $60 million president of the 61-loss Knicks at a town-hall meeting Thursday night with season-ticket holders at the Theater at MSG. “S--- happens,” Jackson said to laughter. “That’s something that we all know. . . . And this season it did happen to us.” New York Daily News

April 2, 2015 Updates

Ian Begley: Asked what the top priority is when it comes to building a title contender, #Knicks president Phil Jackson immediately mentions defense. Twitter @IanBegley

The Knicks will make their pass at Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, and likely at Rajon Rondo and/or Goran Dragic, too, but expect them to be aggressive in pursuing as many young free agents as possible. Jackson does not want to build a team around players in their early 30s. That means Reggie Jackson, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight will factor prominently on the Knicks’ radar as the team looks to avoid its long-standing habit of indulging in short-term fixes that set the franchise back in the long term. Sporting News

The team is said to be interested in the two top guards on the board, Emmanuel Mudiay and D’Angelo Russell, and while both are intriguing prospects, big men Jahlil Okafor or Karl Anthony-Towns probably would prove too hard to pass up if they’re available. Sporting News

Q. Since Carmelo Anthony left, in 2011, it seems like star players don't view Denver as a top destination. Are you surprised by that? Dikembe Mutombo. "I'm shocked to hear that. It's not like I left Denver on my own. This is really a beautiful city. It's a great basketball town. We sold out; it was really tough to get a ticket to a game in the '90s when I was playing here. I think it's just about the commitment of the player and their personality. It's something the city and the fans and the owner need to look at: What can we do as a community, a business, as people to ensure that those who come here to Denver appreciate the city and get a chance to enjoy it. You see the success the Broncos have, you see the success the Nuggets had in the '90s — I don't see why we cannot bring the momentum back. I think the moment will come for this city to have a great basketball team again. Denver Post


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


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