HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors

June 27, 2014 Updates

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

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The Knicks have convinced at least one faction they are extremely serious about trading for or buying a late first-round pick with the NBA Draft less than a week away. When shooting guard P.J. Hairston agreed to work out for Knicks president Phil Jackson on June 5, it was the strongest indication they are setting their sights on more than just buying a second-rounder next Thursday night. New York Post

Hairston, the controversial former North Carolina standout who was expelled from school last December, is slated to go between the 20th and 30th picks. He has worked out for about a dozen teams, mostly clubs in the lottery. “The interest level is very, very high,’’ Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, told The Post. “You never know what Phil Jackson has up his sleeve.’’ New York Post

The smile that spread broadly across Holt’s face and the hearty chuckle that spilled from it revealed his satisfaction in doing so. Holt, basking in the immediate glow of his team’s fifth championship Sunday night, was asked if this title is the sweetest of them all. Holt said, yes it is, although the first in 1999 will always be special, and that’s when you could start to see Holt’s face light up and the smile begin to build… “Even though it was a shortened, asterisked season,” Holt said, now sporting a full-on grin. “Phil, Phil, Phil, Phil, we all played the same amount of playoff games, didn’t we, Phil?” NBA.com

June 19, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony said he had a "great" meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and head coach Derek Fisher in Los Angeles last week. He also commended Jackson for his decision to hire Fisher, a first-year head coach. "It was great meeting with Phil, it went well," Anthony told two reporters at an event on Wednesday in Manhattan to promote his partnership with 50 Cent and SMS Audio headphones. On Fisher's hiring, Anthony added: "I like what Phil is doing." ESPN.com

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According to a source close to president Phil Jackson, “The meeting went well — [Anthony] will still most likely opt out — but all in all, a good meeting.’’ The Knicks were informed about two weeks ago Anthony likely would opt out at the June 23 deadline and become a free agent July 1, despite Jackson’s suggestion he wait a year for free agency. New York Post

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Phil Jackson says Derek Fisher will bring his “underdog” persona to the Knicks and instill that mentality into the players — something he likes best about his new coaching hire. In an MSG Network special on the Jackson-Fisher dynamic set to air Friday night at 8 p.m., the Zen Master discusses his former Lakers pupil’s basketball background. “Fish’s career lasting until he’s almost 40 years of age is a remarkable feat,” Jackson said. “He talked about the fact that he never was the quickest, never could jump the highest, never was the tallest. He always was kind of in an underdog role, but he was so well prepared. He spent the offseason working on what he had to do, and he’s going to bring that mentality to our players. New York Post

June 11, 2014 Updates

Fisher, 39, was formally introduced by the Knicks on Tuesday, and he fielded questions for nearly an hour on a variety of topics, ranging from the triangle offense to Carmelo Anthony's pending free agency to his relationship with Knicks' president Phil Jackson. He answered them with a breezy confidence, finding comfort in familiar platitudes about bringing a winning culture back to the Knicks. But when the conversation turned to Fisher's experience—that is, his total lack of it, from a coaching standpoint—his tone changed, his eyes narrowed and a serious expression crossed his face. He made it clear that despite the unusual circumstances surrounding his appointment and the specter of his high-profile boss, he will command respect. "I am experienced," Fisher said in his most emphatic statement of the day. "Basketball is a game that I am experienced in playing, understanding, leading in, guiding in, helping another group of people achieve the greatest gift in the world as a professional athlete, and that's being a champion. That I have experience in, and that's the experience that I plan on sharing with these players." Wall Street Journal

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