HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors

October 23, 2014 Updates

Jackson had plenty to say about every player on the Knicks' roster in an interview with ESPN.com. He was very thorough and honest in his evaluation, particularly of Smith, whose past performance has many wondering if he will buy into the triangle offense. "J.R. is easily the best athlete on the team," Jackson said. "But J.R. has to learn the difference between a good shot and a bad shot. He has to trust that the triangle will create good shots and to avoid searching for his own shot. His defense also needs work because he tends to be a ball-watcher, and he's late in chasing his man around screens when he should be tailgating him." Newsday

"Carmelo Anthony is obviously the team's only certified All-Star," Jackson said. "It's also no secret that Melo has to keep the ball moving, but he's committed to doing this. Passing has never been a great strength of his, but in the triangle he'll be able to have checkoff reads like a quarterback looking for his first-option receiver, then his second and then his third." Newsday

Nothing is more important to Jeanie Buss than the Lakers, including longtime fiancé Phil Jackson. The Lakers president, who met with Carmelo Anthony during the summer in hopes of luring the free agent away from New York, said it was strange to be pursuing a player who was also being courted by Jackson — the new Knicks president — but Buss said helping the Lakers get back to greatness is her biggest priority. “It was a bit awkward during that time,” Buss said. “Carmelo is a player who’s worth fighting for. In basketball, family, love, relationships, nothing is more important to me than the Lakers, so I’ll do it again.” New York Post

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Speaking of Jackson, the Knicks president took a playful shot at Lee on Sunday, saying he was an avid fan of the Knicks who knew nothing about basketball. Lee said on Monday that he wasn't offended, but also indirectly defended his knowledge of the game. “Look I go way way back with Phil and all these guys, so it’s all love,” Spike said, adding: “Here's the thing: if Phil thought I didn't know anything about basketball, I wouldn't be doing this film.” ESPN.com

After that, O’Neal thinks he knows what’s needed. “For the triangle to work, you need to have two superstars,’’ he said. “It’s been proven over time. Look at what Phil needed to win his championships in Chicago. Then look what he had in L.A., with me and Kobe. You have to have two superstars playing in the triangle to win championships.’’ NBC New York

Phil Jackson took a playful shot at Knicks super fan Spike Lee on Sunday. Lee is making a film for MSG Network about Jackson's triangle offense. Jackson was asked about Lee during a talk at the New Yorker Festival in Manhattan on Sunday evening. "As most people know, Spike is an avid Knick fan that doesn't know anything about basketball," Jackson said, drawing laughs from the crowd. "He knows how someone makes a shake and bake move and might dazzle the fans and make a shot." ESPN.com

October 13, 2014 Updates

Knicks president Phil Jackson believes owner James Dolan has been "forced to meddle" in basketball decisions in the past. But Jackson said he has received assurances from Dolan that it won't happen again as long as he's running the team. ESPN.com

Jackson said Sunday that he spoke to Dolan about having full autonomy to make basketball decisions before he accepted the job as Knicks president. "I was point blank and honest with him and said, 'If I walk into your office or call you up on the telephone and tell you that I want to trade X player who's an All-Star or Y player who's the fans' favorite, if I think it's the right move, I want you to feel confident that I can do this, will you give me the liberty to do this?' And he said yes, and that's really the key," Jackson said while speaking at The New Yorker Festival in Manhattan. ESPN.com

October 12, 2014 Updates

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