Ian Begley: Enes Kanter on the idea that the Knicks are developing young players during games at this point in the season: “Let me tell you something, man: They can develop guys in the G League. This is not the time to develop young guys or whatever because we’re trying to win games here.”
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Courtney Lee takes pride in playing defense. He said not enough Knicks do. One day after the Knicks gave up a season-high 132 points to the Raptors, Lee said some players are letting the team down because they’re not playing with enough effort on defense. “I think you should be mad at yourself if you watch film and your teammates are calling you out,” Lee said after Monday’s practice. “You should not want to let them down, and if you’re seeing that it’s you repeatedly, if you don’t make that adjustment then that’s just telling us you don’t care. So I definitely at points get frustrated with it.”
Courtney Lee also said players should respond when the critiques are coming from teammates. “It’s beneficial that you hear it from your peers and not just always from the coach,” Lee said. “It’s a long season. The coaches continue to talk to you and get on you but eventually human nature, you get tired of hearing their voices. When you hear it from the people you hang out with the most and talk to the most and it’s coming from them, it definitely should have more of an effect on you.”
Beasley thinks the losing is not just about defense. Following the loss, a frustrated Beasley told The Post the Knicks are no longer sharing the ball like they used to. “How many assists did we have tonight?’’ Beasley snapped when a question was posed about Hornacek’s anger over their defensive tenacity. “It’s a lot of things. A lot.”
“Offensively, it’s hard to get involved,” Beasley said as he walked out of the visitor’s locker room at Staples Center late Friday. “It’s hard to get a rhythm. That’s why I asked you about the assists.”
Knicks center Enes Kanter discounted Beasley’s claim the biggest issue is the offense playing selfishly, as the Knicks allowed 71 points in the second half after holding a three-point lead at intermission. “The first half we shared the ball,” Kanter said. “We just had problems in the second half. If we get it defensively, the offense will take care of itself. We can work on it. Defense is all about communication and trust. We have to trust and make each other better on the defensive end.”
Bobby Marks: Re: the $37M left on the contract of Joakim Noah. Same situation played out in 2003 with Dikembe Mutombo and New Jersey. Mutombo gave back $10M of the $37M owed but earned it back in his next contract (with NYK). This is the case study that New York should follow.
Goldstein is an eccentric longtime NBA superfan who is seen at all of the NBA’s big events and is regularly courtside at Staples Center. “I’ve known [Noah] a long time, I spoke to him last night,” Goldstein told The Post on Sunday before Team LeBron faced Team Stephen. “I asked him if he was going to be all right, that I’m a little worried about you. He said don’t worry about him, everything’s going to be fine.”
Later on the Western trip, Noah left the club in Denver after a feud with coach Jeff Hornacek, who yanked him during garbage time during a blowout in Golden State on Jan. 23. The next day at practice, according to eyewitnesses, they engaged in a verbal shouting match with Noah being restrained. Hornacek never pushed Noah, according to multiple sources. In fact, indications are the Knicks mulled issuing Noah a suspension for his actions but decided against it. The separation has been called “mutual” by Knicks officials.
Noah was banished from the Knicks after an altercation with coach Jeff Hornacek during a practice last month. The disagreement stemmed from Noah’s lack of playing time, and it turned physical the day after he logged only five minutes against the Warriors. While no punches were thrown, the Daily News learned that Hornacek was the first to shove Noah before they had to be separated.
Ian Begley: Kristaps Porzingis after today’s loss, in which NYK blew a 4-point lead with 1:07 to go due to several mistakes: “I can’t even process that we lost. I can’t believe it. It was our game. It was 100% our game…. We’re just not there yet as a team. We keep losing these games.”
Porzingis was scoreless in the fourth quarter, shooting 0-for-4 from the field, and then made just 1-of-3 shots in the overtime while the man he was guarding, Anthony Davis, took over for a 45-point night.
“So, so many similar games like this,” Porzingis said. “It’s painful. We need to do a better job at the end of games. It’s simple. They made some good plays, but today one quote popped through my mind. It was, ‘A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.’ So we just have to stay positive and try to find something positive.”
Alan Hahn: Also said this is not the time to talk about the business side. Said brother’s comments were taken out of context. “It is what it is.”
Ian Begley: Asked about possible fan reaction, Kristaps Porzingis said fans should know he loves NY and sees himself as a Knick for a long, long time.
There is also the matter of reports, including several from the Daily News that Porzingis’ relationship with Jeff Hornacek is on thin ice. Porzingis, who spoke to The News after he was spotted at a midtown eatery Sunday afternoon, declined to address the circumstances behind blowing off his end of the season meeting with Jackson, Hornacek and Steve Mills. The 22-year-old forward would only say, “Honestly, I would love for this year to be a new start. All I’m looking for is a fresh start and not to talk about that anymore.”
Porzingis, however, does stand by his decision to return to Latvia and workout on his own. “It was important that I disconnected from everything,” he added. “I was working on my game and resting my mind. I kept working hard this summer to put myself in this position. I’m coming in with a fresh mind. I don’t want to carry anything from the previous season.”
“KP and I have a good relationship,” Hornacek said. “I’m not going to comment on any reports that say otherwise. We texted with him all summer. We followed him through Euro basket. We’re very happy with his conditioning, the way he played out there, the way he took on the role of leader for that Latvian team. I think he’s excited to get back. We’re excited to get back at it.”
New Knicks general manager Scott Perry says he’s keeping an “open mind” about Carmelo Anthony’s future with the club, but he expects to have Anthony on the roster next week during training camp. “Look, Carmelo’s going to be back here,” Perry said Friday at the team’s training facility. “Carmelo has always been a professional. That’s one thing I’ve always respected about him. I think he can set a good example for the young players. He’s been a 10-time All-Star. If he’s back here with the New York Knicks, we expect him to be the professional he’s always exemplified throughout his career and move forward with him.”
Both the Knicks and Anthony remain committed to finding a scenario that ends with Anthony on another team, according to league sources. “We’ve just been in constant contact with he and his representatives and I won’t get into (the) weeds of the details of how far or how close we were to any type of deal,” Perry said. “At the end of the day, what we set out and what we said (in July was), if there was something there that made sense both for him and the Knicks’ organization, then we would strongly consider it. Obviously, we sit here today and that did not happen as of yet.”
Phil Jackson to Peter Vecsey: Peter, I heard your message via voice mail. I’m glad you’re going to get back in the mix and begin writing again. It’s a new world out there, but I don’t consider it journalism. However, sports writing has always been a mix of opinionating and you were one of the best. For my own part, I’m not able, yet, to begin opining. However, I’m still on hold about WTF just went down the past 3 years of Knick basketball. In that regard, I’m not angry, but disappointed I couldn’t fulfill the mission. Winning is a priority in NY and I couldn’t get those guys into at least a 500% season so we could get some free space to rebuild.
The Knicks’ surprising pre-emptive commitment to Baker is the second free agent agreement handed out by the club that has raised some eyebrows around the league. The Knicks, under general manager Steve Mills, signed shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year $71 million offer sheet that the Atlanta Hawks – Hardaway’s incumbent club – declined to match. The contract has been met with shock inside and outside the organization, according to ESPN’s Wojnarowki and Ramona Shelburne.
Though O’Quinn didn’t condemn Porzingis’ blowing off the exit interview, he said he never could have predicted that his friend would do that. Sources told The Post that Porzingis missed the sit-down to protest how chaotically the organization was being run by Jackson. O’Quinn said he has spoken to Porzingis “pretty often’’ during the offseason. “Kristaps is a professional,’’ O’Quinn said. “I was surprised. Of course anybody missing the exit meeting is pretty surprising — like, wow. But as a professional, he has his own choices, and he made that choice and he went through with it. I don’t think personally I would’ve done it. That’s not how I would’ve done it. I’m sure he had a reason why.’’
“It’s tough to see anybody go, but I knew a change was going to be made,’’ O’Quinn said after dropping in on the Knicks summer-league team Wednesday to take photos. “We didn’t know what. We knew something had to be done. That’s what they chose to do. I wish Phil the best, of course. In any organization, no matter who it is, you hate to see somebody go. “[But] you could just sense it. We had a great team last year and things — the media, you blew things up a bit. I think the only way to get that negative stuff out is something had to be done. Not saying Phil was negative, but something had to be done to let the situation be at ease.’’
Clarence Gaines Jr., former Knicks president Phil Jackson’s top adviser, reacted angrily when asked about an NBA TV video that some allege shows him and GM Steve Mills laughing at Carmelo Anthony’s workout tape.
Frank Isola: Charley Rosen also wrote that a big reason for Phil’s firing “was the furious bias against him on the part of the New York media.” Classic.
Either way, with Jackson off to his Montana ranch and general manager Steve Mills in charge for now, the future for Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis as teammates again next season looks a bit brighter. Actually, some Knicks officials believe Anthony’s influence on Porzingis has been detrimental and a key reason why Jackson became adamant about removing him from the roster any way he could. “Phil thought Carmelo was trying to sabotage him,’’ an NBA source said.
Jackson was supposed to recruit free agents, and instead he chased them away. One longtime league official said the other day that while he agreed with Jackson’s desire to trade Anthony to start a true makeover, he couldn’t understand why the Knicks president went out of his way to trash the forward at every turn. “Doesn’t he understand that Carmelo still has a really big voice amongst the players in this league?” the official asked. “No, Carmelo isn’t the same player he once was, but LeBron and Chris Paul and a lot of very important stars really like and respect him. So what do you think those guys are going to say when Phil tries to recruit them to New York?”
A somber and shaken-looking Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek thanked Phil Jackson for hiring him 13 months ago and called it “a tough day for us.’’ Speaking at the end of the Knicks’ first summer-league practice in Orlando, Hornacek would not take questions from the media, only willing to make a quick statement about Jackson’s sudden firing Wednesday morning. Hornacek, hired last May, stays in his position as general manager Steve Mills takes over day-to-day operations for the franchise.
Keith Pompey: They are chanting ‘Fire Phil’ at the draft
Part of his frustration is with the forever-changing scope of the offense, with Jackson recently going all-in again on the triangle. “It is different,’’ Porzingis said in Spain. “It works if everyone believes in it, if everybody knows where to move and where to go and what to do and reads the situation well. You can’t do it with everybody. You have to have the right players, have to have players with sharp minds, that can read the game quickly and make the right cut and pass. I haven’t really been a part of a really good triangle team. We always had some trouble a bit. We’ll see what we do next season.’’
Porzingis will join the Latvian National Team for the European Championships in late July. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he would attend, but he may not work directly with Porzingis while there. “Nobody from the Knicks will be there [working me out],” Porzingis said. “You see what happened to Josh Longstaff [the Knicks assistant whose contract was not renewed]. But I will have my physiotherapist.’’
Zach Lowe: To restate the obvious, players and agents increasingly look at the Knicks as a destination of absolute last resort.
Ian Begley: Correction: team sources say there’s been very minimal contact between NYK & Porzingis since skipped exit meeting. Apologies for the error.
But that’s changed. And this week’s news that Kristaps Porzingis could be on the trading block only made things worse. “I was talking to one of our players the other day, a free agent, and we were looking at our options,” one agent said. “And it used to be, ‘Yeah, get me to New York.’ Even when they were struggling, there are guys who want to be in the city. But he was saying, ‘no, no, not that environment, not now.’ They’re not just alienating their own players, they’re alienating all players. They’re making things hard on themselves there.”
When Jackson was asked at the draft combine if Porzingis will face any disciplinary action for missing the exit meeting without notification, he was unclear. “I won’t talk about it,’’ Jackson said. “That’ll come out when it does.” According to the players association, no fine has been levied yet by the Knicks.
Though Longstaff was only informed recently, the sources stated Knicks brass had decided on Longstaff’s fate prior to Porzingis blowing off his exit meeting after the season, which created a divide between player and team. Those sources state the Longstaff decision was in no way president Phil Jackson’s way of firing a warning shot toward the disgruntled Porzingis. Of all the assistants, Longstaff was closest to Porzingis. Two sources said the 33-year-old Longstaff, for all his acclaim as a good workout guy with young players, had difficulty blending in with Knicks coaches he had not worked with in Oklahoma City during his three seasons at the Garden.
Janis Porzingis, brother and agent of Kristaps Porzingis, met recently with Jackson, a source confirmed to The Post, after the Knicks big man blew off his exit meeting in April.
General manager Steve Mills didn’t attend the meeting because he was out of town, but it doesn’t appear anything was resolved between Porzingis and the team. Porzingis is upset at the chaotic nature in which the franchise has been run.
Knicks president Phil Jackson met recently with Kristaps Porzingis’ brother to discuss some of the issues that prompted the Latvian star to skip out on his exit meeting, the Daily News has learned.
However, the lengthy sit-down in New York accomplished very little to bridge the chasm as Jackson remained steadfast in his ways and direction, according to a team source.
Apparently Porzingis can’t do much about the future, either, with Jackson unrelenting in his philosophies while aiming to increase his influence over the coaching staff. According to sources, one of Jackson’s objectives is to tailor the workouts and training sessions around learning the triangle offense.
Ian Begley: Walt Frazier says he doesn’t want to see Carmelo Anthony leave the Knicks. He says Carmelo isn’t the Knicks’ problem. Defense is.
Some opposing executives scratch their heads at how Knicks president Phil Jackson appears to be handling Anthony’s situation. “Phil made a statement basically that Carmelo’s a losing type of player. Well, if he’s a loser for the Knicks, he’s going to be a winner someplace else? That obviously didn’t help,” one Eastern Conference executive said.
“Tremendously,” another exec said when asked how much Jackson may have damaged Anthony’s trade value. “He essentially said, ‘I want to dump this guy.’ ”
“Most owners would just roast you if you said something like that,” the Eastern exec said, theorizing the return for Anthony could be “a protected first-round pick. It sure sounds like the Knicks want to get rid of him so teams won’t give up any of their core to add him. That would be defeating the purpose.”
Nick Friedell: Phil on Melo situation: “I think I expressed what I felt. I can’t express it any better.”
Lamenting a lost opportunity to hash out the Latvian’s concerns, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek revealed he texted disgruntled forward Kristaps Porzingis recently but hadn’t received a response.
In becoming the first Knicks official to react to Porzingis blowing off his exit meetings after the season, Hornacek said at the NBA Draft Combine he has “no doubt in my mind” Porzingis will be on the roster next season, saying it’s “a long summer” to resolve any issues.
“Again, he decided not to come to the meeting,” Hornacek said. “It would’ve been a great opportunity to talk about what he sees, but we figure it’s a long summer. We’ll end up talking to him, and all that stuff coming into next year will be fine.”
Kristaps Porzingis’ brother Janis Porzingis said the Knicks forward wishes to remain in New York but also wants the club to create an environment conducive to player development and winning. His brother made it clear that if traded, Porzingis intends to play out his contract and test free agency. “Kris wants to stay in New York; he feels at home there. There is no question about it. The only thing he wants is for the Knicks to create an environment where he can develop and grow as a player and win,” Janis Porzingis said in an interview with ESPN. “If he were traded, he would play out his contract and head into free agency, where he can choose his own destiny.”
Kristaps Porzingis sent out a brief and briefly lived message Saturday night reading, “LA Clippers,” followed by three smiling faces. The tweet was quickly deleted, and Porzingis offered no explanation.
Several teams reached out to the New York Knicks to talk about possible trades for Kristaps Porzingis in the days after he skipped his exit meeting with Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills, league sources told ESPN.
It is unclear if the discussions led to any substantial trade parameters. Teams were inquiring about trading for Porzingis, 21, after he showed his frustration with the direction of the franchise by skipping the meeting.
Porzingis hasn’t spoken with the Knicks since skipping the exit meeting. He left for his home country of Latvia late last month and plans to play for the Latvian national team in the European Championships this offseason.
Is the Jackson-Anthony feud too far gone for a reconciliation? “Not from what I’ve been through with Phil,’’ Bryant told The Post on Wednesday in an interview to promote the short being shown at the festival through Saturday. “Michael had his rough times with him as well. The history is you get through rough times after you win a good amount of championships. We certainly had our rocky times, but we still stuck to it, we figured out our way through it and came out better because of it. I think the most important thing is sticking to it, being patient. Sometimes things work out. Sometimes they don’t.”
Bryant revealed he has lost touch with his buddy, Anthony, whom Jackson publicly stated he wants to trade. “From my experience, from what I had with Phil — again it’s a different situation, he was coaching the team — but you can get through rocky times,’’ Bryant said. “They certainly were there in Chicago and when he was in L.A. But the championships can overshadow that.’’
Bryant hasn’t given up on Jackson as Knicks president. “The responsibilities are different, that’s for sure,’’ Bryant said. “I’m not sure of his relationships with the players, how often. I do know his mind and how he thinks about the game and processes it and sees things in its entirety, the big picture of it. I still trust that judgment.’’
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.’’
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.
Michael Scotto: LeBron James is the latest NBA superstar to LIKE the Carmelo Anthony Instagram post directed towards Knicks President Phil Jackson.
Al Iannazzone: Phil said knicks want a “significant player” for Carmelo
Lenn Robbins: Phil Jackson on @New York Knicks Our starters never really had a consistency of play..injuries prevented chemistry..The buck stops here
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.”
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Bobby Marks: With that three-point attempt, Maurice Harkless has now reached 100 attempts. Harkless is now eligible to receive a $500K bonus if his three-point % is greater than 35%. Entering tonight, Harkless was shooting 37.1% from 3.
David Stockton might not stick in the NBA or be in the Hall of Fame. Those 10 days with the Jazz could turn into 10 more, or they might be his last chance. But he made it, just like his father. John was so unsure of his chances as a rookie that he bought cases of canned chili and turned down the heat in his apartment. No wonder he agreed to talk on Friday. The franchise John loved, and still does, was giving his son a chance. It wasn’t a Hall of Fame moment. It was even better than that.
So what’s it like playing for two of the most interesting men in basketball? Gasol, an interesting personality in his own right, shed some light on the experience as the Spurs get set to face off against the Timberwolves for the third and final time this season, with both teams needing a win in the ever-tightening Western Conference playoff race. “They bring a certain passion to the game,” Gasol told ESPN. “Maybe in different ways, but you see that emotion from both coaches. They both care truly and are devoted to the game.”
“The conversations that I had with Thibs were positive. It seemed like we were going to be on the same page,” he said. “And when I decided to come to San Antonio, same deal. I knew Pop was an excellent coach, a guy that is at the top of the top, considered, I think, for most of us, the best coach that is out there today.”
“The experience and success of Pop — it’s one of a kind and is very unique,” Gasol said. “So that gives him a certain poise in order to handle adversity. And he also has a side of him that basketball is basketball, he keeps it in perspective. Pop, I think, understands there are things that are bigger and better in life, and this is our job, and we’re very lucky to do what we do, but it’s nothing compared to tragedies and situations that people go through, unfortunately, too much in the world. So I think he has that maturity, or personal aspect, that makes him very special.”
March 17, 2018 | 10:23 am EDT Update
With an original four-year agreement set to expire in September, Michele Roberts plans to seek a new contract as the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, sources tell ESPN. Roberts plans to send a formal letter of her intentions to the union’s executive committee in the near future, sources said.