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But Rambis, a former Knicks draft pick, hopes his biggest help to Fisher is getting him to cope with the pressures of coaching in New York. “I’m giving him countless suggestions, even how to monitor his time,’’ Rambis told The Post in his first interview since his July hire. “Even something as small as making sure he works out. It’s important for all head coaches to find that stretch of time. Because the job is very consuming and becomes an obsession. Derek is a perfectionist, constantly thinking about the game. He did it as a player and it’s worse when you become a head coach. I want him to find time to do it.’’ New York Post

Jackson put on a fullcourt press and offered him, as The Post reported, a lucrative package for a lead assistant at $1.4 million per year. “[Jackson] knows my work ethic, knows my understanding of the offense,’’ Rambis said. “He was intent to hire me. He wanted to convince me this would be a great situation. “It’s hard not to imagine being involved in basketball and not having some intrigue for the Knicks and playing or coaching at the Garden. Having an opportunity to work with Phil and Derek, I looked at it as a great opportunity to get them back to the upper echelon where it belongs.’’ New York Post

Coach Thibodeau always looks like he’s on the verge of an aneurism. What, if anything, could you do to calm him down? Joakim Noah: He looks like that whether he’s happy or sad. But I’d have him do yoga with me. He could use that. The Daily Beast

October 19, 2014 Updates

Kidd was granted permission to talk to the Bucks in June and then was subsequently traded for two second-round picks. "Did I want to be traded?" said Kidd, whose Bucks play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday. "I think once [the Nets] OK'd the talk to Milwaukee, that just showed, whatever you want to call it, rumors or no rumors that they wanted to fire me in December had to have some legs." Kidd was alluding to reports by ESPNNewYork.com and Yahoo! Sports about how management strongly considered making a coaching change last December when the Nets were in the midst of a 10-21 start but Russian ownership stuck with Kidd. ESPN.com

When asked about a comment he made recently to ESPN's Chris Broussard about how "Brooklyn thought that they could do better" in regards to his departure from the Nets, Kidd points to what the Nets have now. "They got second round picks," Kidd said on Sunday. "I thought they got a coach [Lionel Hollins] and second-round picks." ESPN.com

He’s player that Snyder respect so much that he declined to speculate how he will fare after appearing in only six games because of overlapping injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. Snyder also wished Bryant’s “good health” after expressing gratitude for the observations he shared on the bench. “He’s someone who taught me a lot about the NBA, just with the way the game has evolved and played,” Snyder said. “It has shaped me.” Los Angeles Daily News

October 18, 2014 Updates

Head coach David Blatt was asked about Waiters’ rapid field goal attempts and the coach paused, making sure he chose his words carefully before responding. “I was thinking about that at halftime, actually,” Blatt said. “Remember that we didn’t play with a full roster tonight and our normal rotation was not what it will be. The way that Dallas played led to a lot of open perimeter shots, which Dion is going to take because that’s what he does. “I don’t think he should lead the team in shots. On the other hand I don’t really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we’ll look at it. It’s something we really should look at it and we will.” NBCSports.com

For decades, they have been the NBA's anonymous grinders courtside, "the substance that fills the cracks," as Ron Adams likes to say. Adams is one of the most respected assistant coaches in the league, and over the last few seasons, his reputation to the casual NBA observer is finally catching up to what those closely connected to the game have known for years. With head coaching positions starting to be filled by former players with no head coaching experience or successful retreads who are given executive powers to go with their coaching responsibilities, experienced assistants like Adams are in demand like a shooting guard who can hit 3s and defend. Associated Press

Adams will turn 67 in November and says he knows he'll never be a head coach in the league. But if Kerr and Stevens reach the same level that Thibodeau has, he'll have made as big of an impact. "I've worked with a lot of coaches the last few years who were early in their careers or starting out," Adams said. "Seeing them gain confidence and become more expert in what they do and in the back of your mind thinking that maybe you had something to do with that, that's always been a good feeling for me." Associated Press

“You’ve got a lot of teams that just live and die by it,” Scott said after the team’s practice here Friday. “Teams, general managers, coaches, they kind of draft that way to try to space the floor as much as possible. But you have to have shooters like that; you also have to have guys that can penetrate and get to the basket, because that opens up the floor.” But does Scott believe in that style? “I don’t believe it wins championships,” he said. “(It) gets you to the playoffs.” ESPN.com

Seven of the last eight NBA champions led all playoff teams in 3-point attempts and makes. And it’s not as though Scott isn’t familiar with the 3-point shot. During his second season with the Lakers as a player, he led the NBA in 3-point field-goal percentage in 1984-85 (43 percent) and was in the top-10 in that category in three other seasons. Scott also ranked sixth in the NBA in 3-point attempts (179) and ninth in makes (62) during the 1987-88 season. ESPN.com

October 17, 2014 Updates

Former Nuggets coach George Karl has been spotted on CU’s campus in recent weeks, hanging around the gym with CU coach Tad Boyle. Denver Post

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