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October 30, 2014 Updates

Next summer, Grizzles center Marc Gasol, a versatile and supremely talented 7-foot center, will be a free agent. The Knicks, with more than $20 million of cap space, are expected to make a run at him. Pau, in town with the Bulls, his new team, said it is “possible” his 29-year-old brother could wind up in New York and mentioned he has talked to Marc about Knicks president Phil Jackson in the past. “We’ll see what happens next year, what he decides. Hopefully he’ll have a strong year and all the options in the world, because he’s one of the top centers, interior players in the league, so any team would be fortunate to have him,” the 34-year-old Spaniard said of his younger brother, before the Bulls demolished the Knicks, 104-80, Wednesday night at the Garden. “It’s a personal decision. I talked to my brother enough about Phil that he knows what he brings to the table. New York Post

Phil Jackson summed up the New York Knicks' 24-point season-opening loss to the Chicago Bulls succinctly late Wednesday night. "Not ready for showtime, were we guys?" the Knicks president said to reporters before getting into the passenger seat of his SUV. ESPN.com

Afterward, Jackson was asked how long he thought it would take for the Knicks to be competitive in his first full season as president. "I can't say how long it's going to take," he said. ESPN.com

October 29, 2014 Updates

Either way, it is an indisputable fact that Krause is the first NBA executive to detect a trace of genius within the counterculture coach of the Albany Patroons of the minor league Continental Basketball Association. "Phil was going to get out of the game and go to law school," Krause recalled, "and he'd have been the best lawyer in Montana if I didn't hire him [in 1987]. Phil didn't have a good reputation in the NBA back then, and I don't think anyone else would've hired him. But to his credit, he worked his ass off and became an outstanding coach, and he's certainly the best coaching hire I ever made. "It's just that Phil's ego is a little different than what people think. It's not big. Big is a minor word for it." ESPN.com

"Phil definitely has the intellect to be a very good general manager, but it's going to depend on what Dolan lets him do," Krause said. "Phil has to scout, too, and I don't know if he can physically do that at his age [69]. When I was the Bulls GM I did more scouting than the scouts did. I didn't have any scouts when I was hired. Phil's also going to have to work it in the draft, and he's going to need some luck there." ESPN.com

The deadline to pick up options or extend players on their rookie contracts is Friday. According to league sources familiar with the dynamic between Shumpert and the Knicks, there had been no discussions about a possible extension entering this week. If the Knicks don't agree to an extension with Shumpert, he will be a restricted free agent this summer. ESPN.com

Carmelo Anthony appeared on Sons of Anarchy as a henchman Tuesday night for all of 10 seconds, uttering four words before handing his boss a knife which he used to chop off another man’s fingers. For The Win

October 28, 2014 Updates

Madison Square Garden Co. (MSG) is exploring splitting into two publicly traded companies to unlock value in the New York Knicks and New York Rangers sports franchises and buoy its entertainment business. MSG, controlled by the Dolan family, has been considering since July a plan to house its sports teams and cable networks in one company and move its real estate assets and its concert and entertainment business into another, according to a statement yesterday. Bloomberg

Cheerleaders — or dancers as they are called — for the Knicks and for the Brooklyn Nets will pull in $200 or less a game and receive no health insurance coverage from their teams, The Post has learned. “There is no way to live off that money,” Cherielee Passalaqua, a former New Jersey Nets hype team member who now cheers for the NBA, told The Post. New York Post

The Lakers kick off their season Tuesday, while Jackson’s squad opens their season Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls. “I don’t talk about Knicks stuff. I am not part of the Knicks. That’s not my business,” says Buss, who wears an emerald-cut three-stone engagement ring — designed by the jeweler who made the last two Lakers championship rings — on her left hand. “We’re just like so many other couples that are bicoastal and trying to figure out when we can spend time together. I don’t think we’re fascinating. We’re not Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.” New York Post

When asked if she would crown herself the most powerful female in the league, the down-to-earth Buss balks. “There are a few women. But to be the most powerful? That’s not my goal in any way. Am I in a position of power? Yes. “I don’t think gender plays a role in [success],” she continues. “I would say if you are ill-prepared and haven’t done your homework, it doesn’t matter if you are male or female.” New York Post

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Carmelo Anthony already ahead of Phil Jackson, but still far away from the all-time New York greats.

   

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