Smith, who ranted Thursday about Jackson having signed Odom while making multiple references to Odom using crack cocaine, did not respond to most of Odom lawyer Saam Zangeneh’s issues with the First Take meltdown; he did, however, iterate his “personal affection” for the two-time NBA champion: Because of my personal affection for Lamar Odom — and only for that reason — I want to return to my comments about something I’ve repeated quite often over the last few days: the flagrant ineptitude that I feel has been on continual display by Knick’s President Phil Jackson. My comments were NOT to put any more focus on Lamar Odom’s much publicized drug use and addiction. He was not the target of my ire.
The sole focus of my comments were directed at the unmitigated disaster that Phil Jackson has created since he’s arrived in New York. It my opinion, he simply couldn’t leave soon enough. Lamar Odom is simply one of the nicest athletes any of us have encountered, and has always been a gentlemen to everyone in NBA circles — including me — which is something I’ve repeated throughout the years. That’s why it’s worth repeating: Lamar Odom was not the focus of my ire. My comments were entirely, totally, meant for Phil Jackson. Anyone who loves the NY Knicks, who’ve witnessed what has been transpiring over the last three years, know exactly who I was directing my comments to. And Why!
Anthony has a no-trade contract and a 15 percent trade kicker, although he might take a buyout to play with James. The Knicks seem to be a total disaster, with Jackson talking about trading Kristaps Porzingis on draft night, although no one paid the outrageous ransom Jackson demanded to deal the 21-year-old star power forward. Knicks owner James Dolan was playing with his blues-rock band 3½ miles away from the draft at Barclays Center and unaware of what was going on.
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Armstrong told The Post no extension talks have taken place, but said he hopes a meeting prior to July 1 will clarify things. Rose, who never has been a free agent, is in Los Angeles, cleared for running and contact after knee surgery — his fourth — in April for a torn meniscus. “[The Knicks] just got done with the draft,’’ Armstrong said. “As the focus shifts to free agency, we’ll get down to talking, visiting with them in the next week or so and get ready for the next phase. They got a really good player in the draft.