The Latvian magazine also asked Porzingis about the Carmelo Anthony-Jackson collision. According to the translation provided, Porzingis said: “This was a situation media did not hesitate to heat up more than it was in reality. I think there was some mistakes from Phil — things he maybe shouldn’t [have] said or written, things that made the situation worse or made him not look good. But at the same time — it’s that kind of business. I understand.’’
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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.’’
Five days after skipping exit meetings with management over frustration with the franchise, Kristaps Porzingis told the New York Post that he loves New York, indicating he wants to remain with the Knicks. “Of course, I love New York. I love New York,” Porzingis said in an interview outside of his Manhattan apartment complex.
Porzingis declined to comment about his decision to skip exit meetings Wednesday. “It’s not the right moment to comment on anything [about it],” he told the Post. “I don’t want to say anything.”
According to team sources, Porzingis is frustrated with the Knicks’ lack of direction. Under Jackson, the Knicks have struggled in Porzingis’ two seasons in New York, losing a combined 101 games. The team missed out on the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
According to sources, Jackson and the coaching staff have dispersed for a brief respite now that the season is over. Team brass is in the dark on why Porzingis declined to show. “It wasn’t right,” said one individual familiar with Jackson’s feelings on the blow-off. “But Phil went through this with Kobe [Bryant] and Andrew [Bynum], when they were still young but started to sprout their opinions and rebelled. It worked for Kobe. Hopefully this will make Kristaps better in the long run.”
We’re told the couple’s had ups and downs in the past, but the current NBA season has been extremely stressful on the marriage for several months. Carmelo’s been plagued by trade talks … with the Knicks looking to move him to another team.
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.
He trusted former coach Derek Fisher and the individual instruction delivered to him, league sources said. Beyond Jackson’s anger with Fisher moving away from the triangle, there were disagreements about how to use Porzingis in the offense and about how to approach his skill development, league sources said.
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.”
According to a source, Porzingis was disappointed throughout the season with how the franchise is being run. Porzingis still has two years left on his rookie contract. On Wednesday, when the Knicks finished their season with a 31-51 record, Porzingis didn’t sound like he wanted to hear the term “rebuilding.’’
Porzingis is frustrated with the lack of direction with the Knicks, which is headed by team president Phil Jackson.
Al Iannazzone: League source confirms @Ian Begley report that Porzingis skipped his exit interview because of frustration over all Knicks’ drama.
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Those with knowledge of the dynamic between Anthony and the Knicks believe that, while no final decision has been made, Anthony is leaning strongly toward waiving the no-trade clause at this point. Anthony said on Wednesday night that he’d “love” to be back, but wants assurances that the Knicks are committed to winning.
Barring something unforeseen — such as a highly unlikely scenario in which Jackson and Anthony find common ground during their exit meeting on Thursday — the Knicks remain committed to moving Anthony this offseason, according to league sources.
No matter what is said publicly, some in the organization believe the only thing that would keep Anthony on the Knicks in 2017-18 is if owner James Dolan fires team president Phil Jackson, which is now highly unlikely, since the Knicks and Jackson quietly picked up their option on the remaining two years of his contract this spring, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
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.”
The back-and-forth between Anthony, Hornacek and Rambis in March was but one example of the instability that plagued the 2016-17 Knicks. It typified a divide caused by some players’ lack of faith in the defensive game plan under associate head coach Rambis and Hornacek’s use of the triangle offense, according to sources.
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.
Ian Begley: Mike Hamersky, the Knicks fan who was involved in run-in with Knicks owner James Dolan last week, says that he was unable to reach his ticket representative today to renew his season tickets. He says he attempted to contact the representative several times today. He also says he was also unable to log in to his account on the website to renew his ticket package electronically.
Ian Begley: Hamersky called a ticket representative and was able to re-set his password but then found that there was no option to renew for next year on his account. In an attempt to clarify the situation, Hamersky called the number again twice and the call was disconnected after he reached a representative. The Garden said they had ‘nothing to add’ when asked if Hamersky would be permitted or prohibited from renewing his season tickets.
Ian Begley: Stephon Marbury says it’s great to be back at MSG and he thinks Phil can turn things around if the Knicks change their culture.
Adam Silver has no problem with one of his owners verbally abusing a fan. The NBA commissioner said the league has no plans to get involved in the latest James Dolan dust-up, in which Dolan called Knicks fan Mike Hamersky an “a–hole” and got in his face for shouting at him to “sell the team” on Tuesday.
“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.”
Armed with a five-year, $124.9 million deal that includes a no-trade clause, Anthony has long maintained that he had no intention of leaving after pushing for a trade to come to New York. But sources on both sides have indicated they believe Anthony will be dealt this summer if Jackson can find a suitable trading partner. But the chaos caused by Jackson may have been where this season went wrong.
Ian Begley: NBA commissioner Adam Silver essentially said the league is not going to get involved in Jim Dolan’s most recent run-in with a Knicks fan.
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.
Outside The Lines: In his own words – A fan’s confrontation with Knicks owner James Dolan.
The Knicks as they’re built will never win, according to Dennis Rodman. And the man they call “The Worm” said part of the reason is because Carmelo Anthony — and the rest of today’s millennial players — can’t handle team president Phil Jackson.
“People always say, ‘Phil Jackson’s a [expletive deleted]. No, he’s not,’’ Rodman said. “The people’s mind-age now can’t handle the Phil Jacksons, or people like him, that mentally thing, man. Because Phil Jackson lets you be a man first; that’s the first thing he’ll let you do.’’
Dennis Rodman: “And people like Anthony and all you guys, stuff like that, that’s called pressure, man.’ That’s pressure. Especially in New York. They want to win in New York; they will never win in New York. They’ll never win in New York. I’m just saying. Even though he’s a great athlete, great player, he’ll never win in New York. And it’s a great city, though.”
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?’”
Mike Hamersky, a self-described New York Knicks superfan and season ticket holder from Astoria, claims that team owner James Dolan got in his face last night outside Madison Square Garden and screamed mean things.
Asked about the allegations, Dolan tells Deadspin: Hell, yeah, I did! “I did call him an asshole,” Dolan tells me, “because he is an asshole.”
Dolan asked Mike Hamersky what he did for a living, and Hamersky told him he’s a lawyer. “I think he was surprised to hear that,” Hamersky says. Hamersky says Dolan then yelled, “What if I showed up at your office and called you an asshole? Because you are an asshole!”
Anthony, who turns 33 in May with two more years remaining on his contract – armed with a no-trade clause and a desire to play another six years in the NBA – was still characteristically vague while providing the strongest hints yet that he is ready to leave New York.
“I see the writing on the wall, the writing… yeah, I see it on the wall,” Anthony said. “You don’t know what writing is on the wall, though, but I see what writing is on the wall.” Asked what the writing was, he smiled and said, “No, of course I’m not going to tell you that.”
Anthony has taken the high road throughout the season, but the exit interview likely will not be so polite. “Pretty sure the chips will be on the table,” Anthony said. “The chips will be on the table in that meeting. Honestly, I don’t know what to expect but I got a good feeling. Yeah, the chips will be on the table.” Jackson, passing reporters in the hallway after this, declined requests for comment.
Pippen, who won six rings with Phil Jackson in Chicago, placed the blame on the Zen Master for the Knicks’ disastrous season while taking the side of Carmelo Anthony.
“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.”
After saying “fans would love to see Carmelo in New York and Phil out,” Pippen was asked by host Rachel Nichols if he believes Jackson “should be out.” “Yes,” Pippen replied emphatically.
Ian Begley: Whoa. Scottie Pippen says Phil Jackson, his old coach, hasn’t put the right pieces on the floor, says Phil should go. He feels bad for Melo:
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was vocal following his team’s 105-88 loss at home to the Miami Heat, expressing his displeasure with his role on the team. “I don’t even know my role. I don’t know my role to be honest. I’m just here to kind of help those guys and keep those guys positive and motivated. I get in where I fit in,” Anthony said.
Ian Begley: Knicks have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. They’ve missed the postseason for 4 straight years & are on pace to lose 50.
If anyone can relate to being a Knicks forward who must carry a heavy load on offense, it is Carmelo Anthony’s favorite player, Bernard King. And King went a step beyond that on Wednesday, saying of Anthony, “I feel for him every time I watch him.”
“I think how he deals with it is seen every night,” King said. “He comes to play and delivers every single night. That’s how you deal with it, by being the best player you can possibly be each night you take the floor. I know the difficulties of trying to carry a ballclub. It’s tough. When you’re not winning it’s really, really difficult.”
“I know that Carmelo loves it here in New York,” said King, who grew up in Brooklyn. “I can imagine what it must be like for him, having to think about potentially leaving New York, going somewhere else and pursuing that (championship) goal. Not that he wants to leave New York. He wants it to happen here.”
But then, like most everything involved with the Knicks these days, a dream dissolved amid losing, confusion and, of course, the triangle. “It was just too much going on behind the scenes that I didn’t understand,” Jennings told the Daily News, less than a month after he was waived by the Knicks and signed with the Wizards.
“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.”
“Obviously if we go into it like we did this year — no,” Hornacek told reporters in Utah when asked if the Rose-Anthony-Porzingis trio can be a playoff team. “If we turn around and have a different way we start, go right at however we’re going to run it next year, if it’s full triangle, it’s possible. You never know how these things will fit. Maybe a second year is helpful for us.”
Hornacek also said he made a mistake in the beginning of the season by trying to blend the triangle with a more up-tempo style of basketball and reiterated that personnel decisions this summer will be based on the triangle.
“Do we have the right fit of guys running the system?” Hornacek said. “If we think that we can somehow — with a fresh start of training camp and go to it right off the bat, if that helps us and Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] — we think maybe the same guys on this team could have a different outlook on it, then we’ll stay the same. If not, they’ll look at other guys.”
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.’’
“I think it was pretty easy to tell from the inside that we’re not that good of a team,” Porzingis said at the team’s hotel here. “We can win games based off of our talent but that’s not going to last long and that’s exactly what happened.”
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.”
A lack of defense has been the Knicks most glaring deficiency, but Porzingis delved a little deeper about what he saw that was missing. “Just more work, attention to details, keep growing as a team,” he said. “Obviously, a good team needs some time to play together. This was our first year for most guys playing together. It never happens like that: You trade a couple of players and there you go, you’re a championship contender.”
Rose lamented that they never developed chemistry. “We didn’t click,” Rose said. “We didn’t have that connection that we wanted throughout the season. You need that to go far in this league.”
Some Knicks also feel that the offense is easy to defend. Opposing players have told the Knicks that they can predict where they’ll be when running the triangle, and one Eastern Conference coach last season told friends that defending the triangle was one of the easiest assignments in the league because of that. The return to the triangle is one reason why several veterans have started to lose faith in Hornacek recently, sources say.
Jackson may eventually be able to find players who excel in — and appreciate — the triangle. But the majority of current Knicks aren’t comfortable in — and don’t care for — the offense, according to sources.
These players often point to the amount of midrange shots the offense produces (the Knicks lead the league in midrange attempts, per NBA.com) and the tight spacing, which makes it difficult to drive. They also question the amount of contested shots taken (New York ranks in the top 10 in contested two-point field goals, per NBA.com).
Some Knicks also feel that the offense is easy to defend. Opposing players have told the Knicks that they can predict where they’ll be when running the triangle, and one Eastern Conference coach last season told friends that defending the triangle was one of the easiest assignments in the league because of that.
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].”
“I didn’t care about my stats,” Rose said. “It was the fact I was coming to a new team, having a huge opportunity in front of me to come here and try to spark something. It’s messed up that it’s gone the way that it’s gone.”
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.”
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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.
Jeff Hornacek: “Until you’re mathematically done, you’re always going for it, but sometimes it’s realistic. Are you going to be able to make up seven games in ? Many, many things would have to happen for that.’’
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.”
Only Porzingis sounded nine kinds of miserable afterward. Like this: “There’s a lot of confusion. A lot of times it’s basically one-on-one. Whoever, me, myself, Carmelo [Anthony], Courtney [Lee], we try to make something happen, and that’s not how it’s supposed to be.” In case the point wasn’t plain enough, there was also this: “The situation is tough. We’re not doing the right thing. We’re just not working together right now.”
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.”
What Anthony and Porzingis said about the state of the Knicks on back to back days over the weekend was telling. Both players have questions about the coach, the offense, Jackson and the direction of the franchise.
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To allow for its teams to have all the necessary information to make offseason preparations, the NBA will announce its all-NBA teams before its inaugural awards show in late June, according to league sources.
Because of the newly created Designated Player Exception, which relies on players making, among other things, one of the three all-NBA teams to qualify, decisions about whether players — such as Indiana Pacers star Paul George, for example — will be willing to remain with their current team or be open to being traded elsewhere could be based upon whether a player is voted on to one of the teams.
Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon expects to be inside the AT&T Center — and it is assumed back in the starting lineup — for Game 5 against Memphis on Tuesday. This is a sharp contrast from Game 4, which he spent laid up in bed in the team’s hotel across the street from the FedEx Forum.