New York Knicks Rumors
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.”
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.”
Phil Jackson on Derrick Williams: “A lot of people have questioned our signing Derrick, but I think he has a considerable upside. He runs, finishes in early-offense situations and has the strength to finish in a crowd when he attacks the rim from the wing. He’s working on his 3-point shooting and his intermediate game. I also think he can play power forward against certain opponents.
Phil Jackson on Sasha Vujacic: “Except for a 10-day contract with the Clippers in 2014, Sasha hasn’t played in the NBA for four years, but at age 31 he still has plenty of game. He’s a classic streak-shooter who, when he’s zeroed in, can totally change a game in three minutes. He’ll be a significant force for us coming off the bench.
Jackson: “Sasha is also quick, long and angular, which makes him a feisty defender who can chase, and stick to guys like Kyle Korver who are always on the move. “The bonus is that, having played for me in L.A., Sasha knows the triangle and can help our off-guards get the hang of playing on top of the floor.”