Storyline: New York Knicks Turmoil?

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Bass also wrote the incident will “not change the league’s long-standing policy of leaving individual ticketing decisions and policies to its teams.” Bass did not immediately return an inquiry from The Post about whether there is any circumstance in which the league would step in regarding an owner’s refusal to renew a fan’s season tickets. The Garden also declined comment. “I am surprised, considering how professional Silver has been,’’ Hamersky told The Post. “The older I get, I’ve grown skeptical. Money talks. When the most-valued team has a guy who owns the building and regional cable network, they are going with profit over fan expression.’’

Porzingis passed on the exit interviews, as ESPN’s Ian Begley first reported, and league sources say Porzingis is planning a long trip back to Latvia that may not include a return to New York until closer to the start of training camp. Porzingis isn’t alone. Players are privately fuming that they want no part of the organization’s summer slate of triangle offense regimen at the team’s suburban New York practice facility, league sources told The Vertical. In reality, there’s an open rebellion to the triangle – for the offense itself, and by extension, the discord and dysfunction that its implementation has burdened upon everyone.
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Ohm Youngmisuk: NBPA executive director Michele Roberts labeled Phil Jackson’s comments on likely splitting with Carmelo Anthony as “inappropriate” and spoke with Adam Silver about it. “We voiced with the Commissioner today our view on the inappropriate comments by Knicks President Phil Jackson,” Roberts said in a NBPA statement. “If players under contract cannot, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect management to adhere to the same standards. The door swings both ways when it comes to demonstrating loyalty and respect.”
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There may have been speculation that the standoff between Jackson and Melo would end with Jackson walking away or the Knicks declining their option on his deal, but sources told ESPN the options were picked up “awhile ago.” Knicks owner James Dolan publicly reinforced his commitment to Jackson in a February 10 radio interview on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 98.7 FM when he said, ” he planned to honor his five-year contract with Jackson “all the way to the end.”
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Anthony acknowledged that it was “hard to trust” Jackson after the team president’s veiled criticisms earlier in the season. “If somebody was talking bad about you indirectly at your job, what would you do? You would feel a certain way,” he said. “You would want that person to come straightforward with you. And I feel the same way. I’m always open; I’m a very honest person. I know the business and I know the game and I know how it works. So if it’s something that you want to get across, a message that you want to get across, I’ve always been open.”

The season-ticket holder/heckler whom owner James Dolan called “an a–hole” said he is being prevented from renewing his partial-plan tickets for next season. The deadline for keeping the same seats is Tuesday. Mike Hamersky told The Post his attempts were rebuffed when a Knicks phone agent put him on hold twice, then he got disconnected. The third time, after saying his name, he was hung up on. Hamersky, a 35-year-old attorney from Astoria, said he earlier tried to renew online but claimed he was frozen out of his account. He also said he had not had any emails returned to him, and a call to his individual ticket agent went to voicemail. “If they’re revoking my tickets at least have the courtesy to tell me,’’ Hamersky told The Post.

“My response is I think there is enormous attention in this market in particular focused on ownership and interactions with ownership,” the NBA commissioner said Friday in midtown Manhattan, in a press conference following a meeting of the Board of Governors. “It’s not something we typically get involved in. Certainly to the extent if the fan was to reach out to us, we would respond as we would to any fan. I’m not particularly concerned about that incident. It seemed that it was handled in the normal course.”
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If you’re looking for reasons why the New York Knicks performed so far below expectations this season, there are plenty to choose from. The roster didn’t fit well, they never figured out how to defend as a unit and players never got comfortable running the triangle portions of Jeff Hornacek’s offense. “We were trying to learn an offense that guys didn’t really know,” ex-Knick Brandon Jennings said Thursday night, after his Wizards handed the Knicks their 49th loss of the season.

Mike Hamersky, a 35-year-old attorney, was drinking a beer near the lobby of the Garden while waiting for a friend before the Knicks-Bulls game when Dolan walked past. Hamersky said he shouted, “Sell the team, Jim!” before Dolan angrily approached him. “That’s all I yelled,” Hamersky told The Post in a phone interview. “He continued to walk past me, opened the limo door, then closed the door, turned around and walked all the way back and said, ‘Who said that?’”

“To be honest with you, I’m going to have to go at my old coach Phil Jackson,” Pippen said on ESPN’s “The Jump.” “I think he just hasn’t put the right pieces on the floor. I give a lot of credit to Carmelo who is being very professional in getting through these 82 game season. And now he’s being benched to some degree, they’re taking a lot of his minutes away. But this team just hasn’t had it. They haven’t had it since Phil Jackson landed there. There hasn’t been any upside.”

“I think what just happened was they were just going in a different direction. I wanted to play fast. I didn’t really understand the triangle,” Jennings said. “I think that was my biggest thing. I really didn’t understand it. I’m not saying it doesn’t work. I just felt like the way the game is being played today, I just felt like you got to score. You got to score. You got to get up shots. When I came to New York, I wanted to put on a show every night. I wanted to put up shots with nice passes and things like that. So I guess it just wasn’t the right timing.”

In what could’ve been a dig at the Knicks’ Big 3 of Carmelo Anthony, Porzingis and Derrick Rose, Hornacek feels the team’s downfall partly stemmed from not being unselfish enough on the offensive end, settling for “good shots’’ but not “great shots’’ as elite squads do. “You see teams — open guys always end up with the ball,’’ Hornacek said at Monday’s morning shootaround before the Knicks faced the Clippers at Staples Center. “Here we do it in spurts. Then we have spurts where it sticks. One guy will take a shot that maybe he can move it on for a better shot. That’s probably the biggest key is we get the good shots. We don’t get the great shots. If we make one extra, we’ll get a great shot. You see the good teams out there, they pass it up for better ones.’’

Kristaps Porzingis was the first to see something and say something when he expressed that despite the Knicks early season success that something was missing. The second-year big man proved to have great foresight. “I think it was pretty easy to tell from the inside that we’re not that good of a team,” Porzingis said following Sunday’s practice. “We can win games based off of our talent but that’s not going to last long and that’s exactly what happened.”

Jeff Hornacek said he didn’t feel undermined by team president Phil Jackson conducting a triangle tutorial last week, and doesn’t seem concerned about someone being the fall guy if and when the season ends with the Knicks missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year. “No, we’re all going through this,” Hornacek said after practice Wednesday. “Every single guy, every single coach, every part of management — everybody’s to blame. We’re all in it together. I don’t think there’s been any other talk of anything [like that].”

Derrick Rose understood Kristaps Porzingis saying mass confusion exists within the Knicks because of their recent refocusing on the triangle offense. “I just think that it’s hard when there’s 50 games in,” Rose said. “It would be hard for anyone or for any team to be 50 games in and the coach changes a few things in the offense. I think for any team that would be kind of hard. But it’s our job as professionals to go out here and do the things he wants us to do.”

Hornacek believes the Knicks didn’t show effort Sunday because of the dead playoff run. “The realization, going out the last game and playing like it doesn’t matter, that’s not what we’re going to do,’’ Hornacek said. “Whether we’re in the playoffs or not in the playoffs, we’re going to play hard the whole time. The playoffs may not be in reach, but this especially could be for other young guys to get some time to show what they really can do.

Ian Begley: Carmelo Anthony says it will be challenging to keep frustration out of the locker room in the final few weeks of the season. “I think it’s just the accumulation of losing games and the way we’re losing games. It’s challenging to kind of keep it tight, to keep everybody positive knowing that the frustration (could seep) in the locker room. That’s the challenging part, trying to keep it all together in the locker room this next month.”

In case his frustration still wasn’t crystal clear, there was this, speaking specifically about the Knicks’ offense, which should come with an NC-17 rating: “It’s pretty random. We have some plays that Jeff draws up, but most of the time it’s after free throws or so, we’re running triangle. But we never really got it all together and were able to execute the way we should have. It’s been a lot of confusion.” And then, the kicker: “First of all, we don’t know the triangle that well.”
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