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December 9, 2014 Updates

"If I know Phil [Jackson, Knicks team president], he just feels like [crap] right now," Rodman told reporters at a promotional event in Manhattan. "I think he just feels like, 'Wow, I thought I came here to do a great job and revitalize the city of New York.' He didn't expect this. "He didn't expect this. I saw him a couple of times on TV when I was in L.A., and I'm like, I know what you feel like, Phil. You came to be the savior and all of a sudden it's like, ugh. Then you went and got Derek Fisher. Really, is he coaching? Is Derek Fisher coaching? I don't get it. I don't know what's up with that team, man. You've got Carmelo and after that who else do you got? ESPN.com

"They're not running the triangle. Derek Fisher's not really coaching. I know Phil is trying to throw his input in the background, but who expected this from Phil? They expected him, we're going to give you $15 million a year for the next six years and this team is -- wow -- they might not even make the playoffs." ESPN.com

Jackson said he could travel later in the season, but more to meet with other teams’ executives. He didn’t answer a question on how much traveling he’d do for college scouting, indicating top adviser Clarence Gaines has most of it covered. He has “the urge to yell’’ during games but “no desire’’ to be on the bench coaching. That’s too bad. This president’s job looks almost impossible. Maybe that’s why he needed $60 million to accept the challenge. New York Post

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson sees a troubling characteristic developing in his team. "It's about a loser's mentality," Jackson said on Monday. "It's not about the skill or the talent level." At 4-18, Jackson's Knicks are off to the worst 22-game start in the 69-year history of the franchise. One of their biggest issues of late is a failure to execute late in close games. ESPN.com

December 8, 2014 Updates

It didn't take long for the sermon on the Knicks to turns serious, and Jackson said the Knicks' start is crucible. "Obviously, pretty disappointed," Jackson said of the team's 4-18 record, the worst start in franchise history, which includes a seven-game losing streak and the current eight-game losing streak. USA Today Sports

"We knew it was going to be a process. We talked about that before. But that process has been set in place. I think guys understand what we're trying to do. Hopefully, they're getting to be more compliant. There's some resistance to discipline and order and culture change and things like that. "We're kind of calling it a crucible what we're going through here." USA Today Sports

"I think everybody's still trying to learn it," Anthony said Thursday. "Guys for the most part are just trying to become more comfortable with their roles in this system. Now, with what we're doing, you've got to kind of be comfortable with being uncomfortable. A lot of times, in people's careers and guys' careers, they've never had to do that. So it's been a culture shock for everybody. But we've got to do it. This is what we're going to be running, and we've got to adjust to it." NBA.com

December 7, 2014 Updates

The Jackson-Derek Fisher-Carmelo Anthony triangle is taking the shape of a big L. Oh, how good it sounded after that first camp practice at West Point. The players gushed about the new coaching staff’s enthusiasm, attention to detail and defense. Arrows aimed at former coach Mike Woodson. “You’ve got to be patient,’’ one league personnel director said. “You got a coach who’s never coached and a president who’s never built a team.’’ New York Post

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Jackson doesn’t panic, although he didn’t seem overly thrilled when a reporter stopped him on the way to his car for a comment. Jackson, who isn’t exactly adhering to his promise of an open relationship with the press, simply stated that the Knicks look to be lacking confidence. The Knicks also announced that they were not practicing Wednesday, which seemed off under the circumstances. A more plausible scenario is that the Knicks practiced but wanted to give Fisher and Anthony a day off from the media, which is in fact against NBA rules. New York Daily News

November 25, 2014 Updates

Knicks president Phil Jackson is spending Thanksgiving in Los Angeles with family. He said that was his plan in September. But Jackson, who was filmed by TMZ while grocery shopping in L.A. last week, apparently didn't like that the trip has been viewed or portrayed as a vacation and responded on Twitter, saying he went home early for a doctor's appointment. Jackson's tweet read: "In spite of news of vaca, the reason to trip to LA allowed for medical checkups -- all negative and thankful today." Newsday

November 18, 2014 Updates

Jackson huddled with Anthony prior to last Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. "We had a great conversation, a very positive conversation," Anthony said after practice on Monday. "It gave me some clarity whether it was in the system, whether it was things I should do out there for myself, whether it was things I should do out there for the players, for my teammates ... I took it extremely well." ESPN.com

November 17, 2014 Updates

Kerr implemented Carroll's practice of playing loud music during practice for the Warriors. "What I found in my career was, there's 82 games, hopefully more," Kerr said. "Every day can't be the same. Phil Jackson was great with that, and Pop. You didn't know what to expect each day. So I learned that from Phil and Pop. There was some music playing in Seattle [at practice], and I talked to Pete about that. He said, 'You know, it's food for the soul, and the players love it.' "And if you can do it at the right times, where they can still focus, that's important. Because the game is not played in a silent gym. It's played with pressure, and with noise. So the music can serve as a stimulant, as a motivator, but also as a distraction. Can you focus through that?" NBA.com

Denver coach and Phil Jackson disciple Brian Shaw is slowly moving onto the hot seat and if Jackson has it in his budget, could bring him aboard. The Post reported if Shaw came with no strings attached, he would have offered the former Lakers assistant the job over Fisher last May. Fisher said Shaw hasn’t run the triangle in Denver but Shaw seemed to dispute that to a point. “We have a lot of triangle principles in our offense,’’ Shaw said. “A lot of two man game and three man on the other side. I beg to differ. There are a lot of similarities. Difference is we don’t run a two guard front which is the true form of the triangle but obviously our roster was built to play a different way.’’ New York Post

November 13, 2014 Updates

For his part, Fisher said that putting a date on when a player will get the triangle is not in his thinking. Each players learns it at his own pace. “I don’t know if it’s a fair assessment or not,’’ Fisher said before the Knicks’ 97-95 loss Wednesday night to the Magic — their sixth straight defeat. “[Phil] obviously knows a lot about his offense, but I think it’s more than just a guy is going to get it. Each player and person has different learning curves. I don’t know if there’s a date. “It’s more where our team is from a management standpoint. For me, I don’t have a date on when I would assume a guy should or shouldn’t have it. I’m going to coach him until he’s here or isn’t here. Those won’t be my decisions.’’ New York Post

November 11, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson can’t talk about Kobe Bryant because of tampering rules. But the Knicks President was asked about his former star guard amid rumors that Bryant could somehow land in New York given the Lakers’ disastrous start to this NBA season: “We just have to measure, always, what’s this team’s potential?” Jackson said Monday night about his thoughts on the Bryant rumors. “What is this group’s potential? What do we have in front of us as an organization? I always used to say, ‘General managers are thinking three to five years ahead, coaches are thinking one to three games ahead, that’s about as far as they can see.’ The Knicks Blog

Silver jokingly said it "clearly" looked like the Knicks were "still learning" the triangle after their loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Jackson on Monday addressed the commissioner's comments. "I wasn't so humored by the commissioner actually jumping in on top of that, too," he said. "He doesn't need to get in on that. There's enough focus on [the] triangle. It's not anything. It's a system. It's simple basketball. Just play the game. We're over the triangle; let's get to business and play the right way." ESPN.com

In a rare state-of-the-Knicks address, Phil Jackson couldn't help himself. In addition to some illuminating observations about Carmelo Anthony and the triangle offense, the Knicks' team president fell into a familiar role: criticizing the referees. "I did step on the court today and tell players that if guys lean all over you and put their nose in your business, you have a right to protect yourself," Jackson said Monday night, using one of his pet peeves to answer a question about how involved he is with the team's day-to-day, on-court activities. "I was disappointed in the refereeing the other night with letting Atlanta slap the ball out of our players' hands and get turnovers that were really out of the positional favor. So we have to be much firmer with the ball and so that irritated me as a sideline observer." At one point, Jackson remarked that the reason he took the Knicks job was the opportunity to "impart what I have learned." Perhaps, the Zen Master also missed writing fine checks to the league office. CBSSports.com

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