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Anthony wouldn’t reveal specifics of the dinner but said it was worth more than just the fish and chips. “We did have a conversation,’’ Anthony said. “I thought we had a great conversation. As far as the specifics, I don’t go there. There were some things said on his behalf I really took heed to. It gave me some more confidence as a player to be able to look forward to what we’re trying to create here. “From that standpoint, it was a great conversation. As far as the player I can become, I know I have some ways to go to become that player. We’re working towards that with Phil. It takes a collective effort.’’ New York Post

This has been a rude awakening for Jackson, who is not accustomed to failure and is clearly not taking it well. According to a source, Jackson skipped several league events that he was scheduled to attend during the Knicks’ trip to London, choosing instead to keep a low profile. It was during that same trip that Jackson, according to a Milwaukee Bucks official, confronted Kenyon Martin to ask him about seemingly innocuous comments the veteran forward made a day earlier about the Knicks not being interested in signing him. New York Daily News

For starters, Jackson’s championship teams in Chicago and Los Angeles were exceptional defensively. Yet, in New York all Jackson talks about is offense. And just because Jackson is married to that system, why must Derek Fisher? Jackson’s first choice to coach the Knicks was Steve Kerr, who currently owns the best record in the NBA and doesn't run the triangle. Jackson is downright sensitive to any opposing view. During the preseason, Jackson’s longtime nemesis, Jeff Van Gundy, threw Fisher a bone by saying talent wins, not a system. JVG was making it clear that you shouldn’t expect too much from Fisher until he gets players. New York Daily News

February 3, 2015 Updates

But it didn’t take long after Jackson sat down for a recent interview over lunch to admit that his debut as an N.B.A. executive has been sobering, stressful and, during early morning reflections, doubt-inducing. “Like nothing I’ve seen before,” he said of the Knicks’ first 41 games, of which they lost 36, a half-season of hell. “So far, my experiment has fallen flat on its face.” New York Times

Jackson argued that the triangle was not an inflexible system. As much as he disliked the emerging overreliance on the 3-point shot, he saw the game moving in that direction and “we did more with it during the last two championships in L.A.” Now, he said, he would even endorse a 4-point shot being implemented a few feet behind the 3-point line. Jackson has told Fisher that he is free to tinker, create his own version. “I did things that were altogether different from what Tex ran with his old teams,” he said. “So I told Fish, you’re going to have your own stamp that you put on it but players need to know that they have a base to perform out of. That’s his role, to do the innovation with today’s type player.” New York Times

Horace Grant was on the radio on New York’s HOT97 and told this story, thanks to No Coast Bias for finding this gem. “Our practices were so intense because Phil, the mastermind behind everything, would put MJ on the second team, me and Scottie would be on the first team, and being competitive like he was, man. Unreal, unreal. Of course punches got thrown, many fights. I’m just so happy that social media wasn’t (around) back then.” “I hate to tell the story but Will and I are still good friends… Typical Phil (Jackson) we run this play and Will set an illegal pick on MJ, and MJ said,’Will, don’t do that again.’ ‘Whatcha talking about’ that’s Will. MJ says alright; Phil says run it again. So naturally we run it two more times, illegal pick. MJ walks up to Will — boom. Lit him up. It was over; we grabbed Will — you’re not going to hurt MJ. MJ can take care of himself. The next day on the plane, Will gets on with this huge shiner.” NBCSports.com

February 1, 2015 Updates

Isola wasn't convinced it would get better soon, but he predicted a captivating development — Jackson vs. his fiancée, Jeanie Buss, the president of the Lakers, who are projected to have about $24 million to spend on free agents in July and perhaps even more the following year when Kobe Bryant comes off their books. "The next few summers it's really going to be Phil and Jeanie going head-to-head to get players on some level," Isola said. "I think Phil would probably admit that the Lakers have an advantage because there is more history there, they have won more titles and it is L.A. I think that he is probably going up against his girlfriend, realizing that she has a bit of an advantage." Los Angeles Times

Former players have rallied around Jackson, almost predictably. "It's the first year and the next couple years, I guess, we'll see if he can make a successful run for himself," said Pau Gasol, who won two championships while playing for Jackson with the Lakers. "I'm sure it's frustrating. He's just got to stay patient. He's a guy that's so intelligent and so cerebral that I think he'll make the right moves." Los Angeles Times

January 31, 2015 Updates

Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher won a combined five NBA championship rings together in Los Angeles, but with the Lakers coming to the Garden on Sunday, both men insist they have closed the book on their former team. “It’s been four years [since I was there], so I’ve kind of just divorced myself from them,’’ Jackson told The Post in his first public comments since his Jan. 10 mea culpa press conference following the Knicks’ fire sale of J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. New York Post

January 29, 2015 Updates

Phil Jackson and the Knicks have until July 1, 2016 to get their house in order and here’s something Jackson and the legions of long-suffering Knicks fans — are there any other kind? — can latch onto: The Knicks are in play. “No question about it,” says a person close to Durant. “Kevin loves Carmelo (Anthony). It could work in New York. But never rule out the Thunder.” New York Daily News

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Howard Beck: I believe Jackson will continue to be aggressive between now and the Feb. 19 trade deadline, with a goal of clearing more cap room and acquiring either young players or draft picks to help rebuild. It will not be easy. The Knicks do not have much of value to trade. They have few players that other teams would want, and they can't afford to trade any draft picks. It's possible the Knicks will waive Bargnani if they cannot trade him by Feb. 19. The real work to turn this team around will begin this summer, when the Knicks will have a high draft pick and all of that cap room to spend. Sportando

January 17, 2015 Updates

At Madison Square Garden on Jan. 10, when the Knicks lost to Charlotte by 28 points, Rosen talked to Jackson about the struggling team that he had begun to dismantle. And he thought about that infamous 76ers team. “I asked Phil, ‘Are you going to win more than nine?’ ” Rosen said. “And he said, ‘I don’t know.’New York Times

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