Phil Jackson Rumors

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Two weeks after Phil Jackson was quoted as calling him a “tease” and a “malinger,” Andrea Bargnani told an Italian newspaper that while he will “gladly” respond to his former GM’s criticism, now is not the time. His focus has to be on the Italian national team as it prepares for Eurobasket, he said. “There is a right time for everything,” Bargnani told La Gazzetta dello Sport Tuesday, according to a translation, “I have the answers, but it would be selfish to trigger controversy. Today, the only important thing is the national team. Later, gladly.”
via NetsDaily
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Phil Jackson on Arron Afflalo: “Some NBA watchers have questioned whether or not Arron has anything left as he nears his 30th birthday, but I’m positive that he does. He has a gym in his Las Vegas home and he works out religiously. Actually, he’s such a hard-worker that he holds his teammates accountable if they try to cut corners in any way. I look for Arron to be a leader on this team. He wanted us and we wanted him, so Arron and the Knicks is a very good match.”
via ESPN.com
Along with packs of ice, Gatorade bottles and the occasional gym bag, it’s not uncommon for NBA players to be seen toting personal items out of practice sessions. Still, it was little unusual to see Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks’ 20-year-old Latvian rookie, clutching a bright orange book under his arm as he exited the gym after a summer-league practice a few weeks ago. “Coach [Derek] Fisher gave it to me. It’s called ‘The Positive Dog.’ Took me maybe three days to finish, and was simple to understand—explained in a childish way,” Porzingis said of the Jon Gordon title, which uses a pair of talking dogs to illustrate the importance of a positive outlook on life.
via Wall Street Journal