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In an extraordinary NBA TV post-game show, Isiah Thomas and Rick Fox ripped the Nets point guards and by extension, their game plan, with Thomas, the Hall of Fame point guard, saying that if he was Brook Lopez, he would have started a locker room fight with his point guards, "throw them up on the floor." "Their reluctance to throw the ball inside baffles me," said an agitated Thomas. "As a big man playing for the Brooklyn Nets, I would be sooo upset with the guards. The big man should go into the locker room and there should be a fight with the little guard. He should grab that little guard and throw him up on the floor and say, 'Next time, when I'm open, throw me the call in the paint.' "Watching the game as a point guard, I am seriously frustrated that you've got bigs underneath the basket with a man sealed on their back and you are reluctant to throw them the basketball." "He had 14 points, 17 rebounds, six for seven! That ball should have been inside to him a lot more tonight. " NetsDaily

March 22, 2015 Updates

A few weeks ago, Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters that he likely could never coach the Celtics because he had played such a pivotal role in the 1980s rivalry between the teams. Having been on both sides, Fox has a different perspective. “Byron obviously had a huge, long stretch of competitive series and years of battling for championships and understandably so, they butted heads consistently,” he said. “In my time, it was like the Lakers and Sacramento [rivalry]. Being a member of the Sacramento Kings organization would be quite strange and I don’t know if I could take that job. Me personally, the Celtics and the Lakers, I have great loyalty to both organizations. I have a lot of love for LA. I live out here in LA but I go back and forth to Boston a lot. When I was playing in Boston, the Lakers were really not very good at the time. We weren’t competing for championships. “I root for both teams and I want both teams to do well.” Boston Globe

March 13, 2015 Updates

Because Yahoo is trying to be funny, rather than just having the season get away from them. Yahoo is getting into the streaming, scripted show market, and one of their new shows is “Sin City Saints” about a fictional NBA team in Las Vegas. The show features former NBA players Rick Fox and Baron Davis, plus Malin Akerman, Tom Arnold and Andrew Santino. From executive producer Mike Tollin (“One Tree Hill,” “Smallville,” “Varsity Blues”) and Mandalay Sports Media. NBCSports.com

March 1, 2015 Updates

Scott acknowledges the rivalry has declined over the years, despite the teams’ meeting in the 2008 and 2010 Finals. Bryant is the lone player remaining on his team from either of those two series. “It’s probably more of a rivalry with Danny [Ainge] and me than the guys in the locker room,” Scott said. “I’m sure he’s saying if we don’t win another game this year, let’s beat them. The guys in the locker room, they probably don’t understand the history of the rivalry between these two franchises, and that’s unfortunate.” Asked whether he could coach the Celtics if the job was ever offered: “Probably not. Serious. Probably not. Coached or played for them. I couldn’t be like Rick Fox [who played for both teams].” Boston Globe

February 9, 2015 Updates

Think of all the ex-UNC players: Billy Cunningham, Bob McAdoo, Bobby Jones, Mitch Kupchak, Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Worthy, Perkins, Kenny Smith, Brad Daugherty, Rick Fox, Scott Williams, Hubert Davis, Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison and Vince Carter. "He took me in," Fox said Sunday night on NBA TV, "and took the responsibility on his shoulders to be that father (figure) and look out for me...all these things that I've accomplished in my life really spiral off the foundation I got at North Carolina from Coach Smith." NBA.com

January 11, 2015 Updates
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"The draft pick to Phoenix, if we don't give it to them this year, we have to give it to them next year, so I don't really see what the logic would be," said Buss on Tuesday, via SiriusXM NBA Radio's "Off the Dribble" with Jared Greenberg and former Lakers champion Rick Fox. "Try to tank to keep it this year, because we'd just have to give it away next year -- that doesn't resonate with me," she continued. "I think it's impossible to tell your coach and tell your players, 'Try not to win.' That goes against everything an organization is about." Los Angeles Times

November 11, 2014 Updates

“”If there is not a real opportunity for [Bryant] to win a championship there, the thought of him leaving may shock Lakers fans,” Fox said. “But I wouldn’t put it past him going in search of one or two more championships. Personally, I think it’s going to get done in New York. I really do. I just believe in Phil. I’ve been around him. I know Kobe has had his greatest success with Phil in a leadership capacity. So the reuniting of the two is not an unrealistic thought.” Los Angeles Daily News

September 8, 2014 Updates
June 9, 2014 Updates

Erik Kuselias: So is it fair to say you’re a candidate for the Knicks coaching job? Rick Fox: “Yeah… I’ve been a candidate for while and what I’m comfortable communicating is that there’s really nothing for me to do. Phil has expressed his interest, and the patience for him discovering who is right for that job is left in his court. I know that Phil is as competent a coach as there ever was so that if you’re a Knicks fan, to know that he’s going to find the right person to work with in that capacity has to be comforting to those people and you just let it play out.” NBCSports.com

Rick Fox: “Phil Jackson obviously is with the Knicks now and I’ve been speaking with him for about 4 months about that very situation. I love supporting him and his vision for what’s going to go down in New York and we’ve had those discussions and so he knows I’m open to working with him and doing something as exciting as resurrecting the chances of the Knicks returning to glory." NBCSports.com

May 24, 2014 Updates

Rick Fox thinks Phil Jackson should coach the Knicks. But Fox also said he would coach them if the Knicks' president asked him to do it. Fox played for Jackson with the Lakers and was part of three championship teams. When he was asked during an interview with Bloomberg Television if he would be interested in the Lakers' vacancy, he quickly shifted the conversation to the Knicks. "There are a number of open jobs," Fox said. "I've been looking and in conversations with Phil Jackson, in supporting his vision for the Knicks. I love the Lakers, obviously. They're a little unsure which direction they want to go in right now. I think you'll probably get a quicker answer out of New York. "I'm hoping -- I keep saying to Phil Jackson -- he needs to coach the team. He's the best guy for it. He's the holy grail of coaches. If he needed my support in some way, it'd be hard to turn him down. Or if he needed me to step in and do the job myself, I'd definitely welcome that.'' Newsday

January 31, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson said Rodman struggles with sobriety in part because of his job as a "party favor" & "party clown" ... "Dennis is a person I want to keep encouraging," Jackson said to Rick Fox during an interview with NBA TV that aired on Thursday. "I was there for his Hall of Fame induction and have tried to encourage him to find sobriety and it’s been really difficult for him because one of the ways he makes money, obviously, is to be party favor, to be a party clown. I keep trying to nudge him into having a real productive life post basketball. I think it’s really important." Sulia

January 11, 2014 Updates

The Lakers playoff hopes are dead ... so says Rick Fox, who tells TMZ Sports his old team should start praying for the #1 pick in next year's NBA draft. TMZ.com

November 16, 2013 Updates

Even though Kobe Bryant's rehabilitation has ticked past the seven-month mark into a recovery timeline that was originally set at six to nine months by the Los Angeles Lakers, the star guard still considers himself to be progressing quickly. "I feel like I'm ahead of schedule," Bryant told former teammate Rick Fox in an interview for NBA TV on Friday. "If there was a playoff game tonight, I'd play. I'd play. I don't know how effective I'd be, but I would play. "The fadeaway still works, the ballhandling, being able to post. Those are things that I can do right now. But it's not the playoffs, thank god." ESPN.com

Bryant said he has purposely avoided focusing on a specific return date as he continues to ramp up his rehab from Achilles surgery. "It's tough because once I've set that as a target then I'm hell-bent at doing it at all costs, even to the detriment of the damn Achilles," Bryant told NBA TV. "I try to just stay in the moment and really try to listen to my body. The biggest thing is I have not done anything athletically for six months, seven months. You got to get your body back in shape. And doing that, if I was healthy -- completely healthy -- you have that much time off and get back in shape and your knee is going to ache, your ankle is going to hurt, your back is going to be out. So you got to go through your progressions as you normally would over the course of a summer." ESPN.com

February 12, 2013 Updates

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