HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors

July 10, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson was mum and Derek Fisher measured his words carefully, on the heels of the Daily News reporting that Carmelo Anthony is expected to announce Thursday that he will be staying with the Knicks. “I haven’t been told anything about that at this point. That would be great if it were to happen. I’d be excited if I am told that,” Fisher said after running the Knicks’ summer-league practice Wednesday morning at a local high school. “At this point I don’t know everything, per se. We’ve been busy here all morning. I guess we’ll wait and see if that report is confirmed, and we’ll go from there. I’m the basketball coach, and that’s what I’m focused on every day,” Fisher added. “Those types of questions are probably more for Phil.” New York Daily News

July 8, 2014 Updates

New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has named Kurt Rambis associate head coach. The hiring reunites Rambis with Head Coach Derek Fisher, with whom he spent 10 seasons with at the Los Angeles Lakers. “Together, Derek and I have started assembling a coaching staff to lead this team on and off the court,” Jackson said. “The three of us are similar in our philosophies and our approach to the game.” NBA.com

July 5, 2014 Updates

After their big sit-down with Carmelo Anthony in Los Angeles on Thursday, the Knicks are feeling “positive” about their chances of re-signing him, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. Anthony received Knicks president Phil Jackson’s message “well” during the meeting, in which the Knicks verbally offered Anthony a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years. ESPN.com

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The Knicks can offer Anthony the longest contract and the most money at five years and $130 million compared to the four years and about $96 million Anthony would earn if he were to leave for another team. Jackson has said that he asked Anthony to potentially take a pay cut on a new Knicks deal. But the source also said Jackson only talked to Anthony about the concept of taking a pay cut and that Jackson said he would be willing to offer a maximum contract if that is what it took to re-sign Anthony. The source added that Anthony, 30, viewed opting in to the final year of his contract for $23.3 million next season without signing an extension as risky at his age. Yahoo! Sports

Jackson reiterated on Thursday that his preference is to re-sign Anthony while making it abundantly clear that the club is looking to negotiate a contract that benefits both parties. Just short of pounding his fist on the lectern and saying “read my lips; no max deal,” Jackson challenged the Knicks free agent forward to demonstrate that he’s a team-first guy by taking less. “He’s the one that opened that up that it wasn’t about the money,” Jackson said before the NBA draft. “So I challenged him on that because I want our fans to see he’s a team player, that he’s going to do what was best for this team to get ahead farther and faster. It’s not going to be an issue. I think there are going to be things that are going to be happening in the near future in the NBA that is going to grow this league monetarily that it’s going to end up being a non-issue for us to do that.” New York Daily News

June 26, 2014 Updates

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