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March 1, 2015 Updates

Knicks president Phil Jackson continued to scout top college prospects in person on Saturday. He was shown by television cameras in the stands at the Kentucky-Arkansas game. The Knicks are on pace to get a high pick in June’s NBA draft. Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns is projected as a top pick. Many draft experts put fellow Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein in the same echelon. Jackson likely had his eyes on those two. Earlier this week, the Knicks president attended Ohio State’s game against Nebraska and he commented on Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell. The NBA will likely fine Jackson for his comments. According to a source, several teams complained about the comment. It is against league rules for personnel to comment on players who haven’t declared for the NBA draft. ... The Knicks beat the Raptors on Saturday to win back-to-back games for the first time in a month. Hardaway Jr. led the team with 22 points. ESPN.com

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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

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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 20, 2015 Updates

When Charley Rosen approached the podium to give the keynote address at the CUNYAC's awards luncheon on Thursday, he said he was not "there to defend" his friend and business partner, Phil Jackson. But that's exactly what he did. Over the next eight minutes, Rosen, 74, toed the Knicks company line to a hushed room full of student-athletes. "The triangle works. And Phil has more rings than he has fingers to prove it," said Rosen. "It's not about this year. It's about the future. Two years from now they'll (the Knicks) be in the conference finals." New York Daily News

"Phil needs the money?" Rosen said in between bites of cheese cake to the Daily News. "He's got more money than he can spend in five lifetimes. And if you see his lifestyle, he's not gaudy or anything like that. He lives in a $5½ million apartment (in Manhattan) but that's fitting given the money he's making." New York Daily News

February 19, 2015 Updates

But did Krause think it would be this tough? You know, 10-43 tough with the winning percentage actually expected to plunge over the final 29 games? "I'm not surprised at all," Krause said by phone Wednesday night. "I knew Phil had a bad ballclub. If [James] Dolan offered him $2 million a year or even $5 million, he wouldn't have taken it. But $12 million is overwhelming. Phil didn't take the job because he thought he had a playoff club. He took the job for the money." ESPN.com

February 18, 2015 Updates

Without mentioning Goran Dragic by name, Knicks President Phil Jackson says the Knicks hope “to be in the conversation” for impending free agents like the Phoenix Suns point guard. “We want to be in the conversation,” Jackson, speaking generally, said Wednesday at the Knicks practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y. “I don’t know how serious we can be about it but we’d like to be in the conversation so we’re interested.” The Knicks Blog

Still, Jackson anticipated being busy up until Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, looking both to add cap room and potentially players for the future. “We’re doing both,” he said. “If we get more cap room, great. If not, can we add a player that’s going to be a substantial addition to our team?” The Knicks Blog

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