Phil Jackson Rumors
The move could mean either a diminished role for Clarence Gaines or quite possibly his removal from the organization. Neither would be surprising since Gaines was Phil Jackson’s right hand man and his future with the club has been in question from the moment Jackson was fired as Knicks president last month.
How much did Phil Jackson’s criticism of you when he traded you to the Hawks in 2015 motivate you? Tim Hardaway Jr: It motivated me big-time. Then when I went down to the D-League, it really felt like he was getting the best of me, you know? But I loved it, I loved the challenge and I loved the opportunity that was at stake, you know? You could either fold, or you could get up on your feet and stand for who you are as a person. My whole motto is to prove people wrong. I’ve been doing that ever since I was in high school, and I just live with that and thrive off of it and keep that saying on my head every single time when I feel like I’m down or we as a team were down.
As the David Griffin flirtation demonstrated, the Knicks already have their successor to former president Phil Jackson. According to sources debriefed on their front-office search, owner James Dolan is moving forward with a plan that has Steve Mills remaining as the permanent president. No negotiations have taken place yet between the Knicks and Mills.
Griffin is also expected to meet with owner James Dolan in the near future, league sources said. In the wake of Phil Jackson’s departure as president of basketball operations, Mills is expected to move into the president’s title — with Griffin, if he becomes GM, taking over the primary responsibilities of running basketball operations, league sources said.
The Knicks’ free-agency plan changed when Phil Jackson was removed as team president. General manager Steve Mills is running the basketball department now. Instead of looking for players who fit the triangle, Mills is said to be seeking young, athletic players, and his first big move in free agency was to try to bring back someone Jackson traded two years ago.
Kristaps Porzingis is a national treasure and he’s not even from our nation. Phil Jackson nearly scared him away, but with Jackson gone, Porzingis may return to the New York Knicks next season. In the meantime he’s crushing it in the weight room and making more delightful commercials. Earlier this year he made one for an airline with a ferret where he said he had a ferret. His acting chops were apparent back then, but you don’t know how truly talented an actor is until you see him speak without speaking as Porzingis does in this Latvian credit card commercial.