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October 25, 2014 Updates

The New York Knicks are strongly considering parting ways with veteran forward Travis Outlaw, league sources told ESPNNewYork.com on Saturday. Outlaw is owed $3 million this season. If the Knicks released him, they would still owe him his full salary. They also could dump him on another team via a trade. ESPN.com

Ian Begley: #Knicks announce that they have waived Langston Galloway and Jordan Vandenberg. Both likely headed to Westchester. Twitter @IanBegley

October 24, 2014 Updates
October 23, 2014 Updates

Jackson had plenty to say about every player on the Knicks' roster in an interview with ESPN.com. He was very thorough and honest in his evaluation, particularly of Smith, whose past performance has many wondering if he will buy into the triangle offense. "J.R. is easily the best athlete on the team," Jackson said. "But J.R. has to learn the difference between a good shot and a bad shot. He has to trust that the triangle will create good shots and to avoid searching for his own shot. His defense also needs work because he tends to be a ball-watcher, and he's late in chasing his man around screens when he should be tailgating him." Newsday

"Carmelo Anthony is obviously the team's only certified All-Star," Jackson said. "It's also no secret that Melo has to keep the ball moving, but he's committed to doing this. Passing has never been a great strength of his, but in the triangle he'll be able to have checkoff reads like a quarterback looking for his first-option receiver, then his second and then his third." Newsday

Nothing is more important to Jeanie Buss than the Lakers, including longtime fiancé Phil Jackson. The Lakers president, who met with Carmelo Anthony during the summer in hopes of luring the free agent away from New York, said it was strange to be pursuing a player who was also being courted by Jackson — the new Knicks president — but Buss said helping the Lakers get back to greatness is her biggest priority. “It was a bit awkward during that time,” Buss said. “Carmelo is a player who’s worth fighting for. In basketball, family, love, relationships, nothing is more important to me than the Lakers, so I’ll do it again.” New York Post

When two reporters from Italy interviewed him after he spoke to the New York media for the first time since being shut down Oct. 9, he said in Italian he underwent an MRI exam, but didn’t say what it revealed. That Bargnani had an MRI exam reveals the Knicks are surprised his injury hasn’t healed yet. When he missed the Oct. 11 game at the Mohegan Sun, Knicks coach Derek Fisher indicated he could’ve played if it were the regular season. Speaking in the locker room before the Knicks’ 103-100 win over the the Wizards at the Garden on Wednesday night, Bargnani said, “Injuries are always frustrating.’’ New York Post

October 22, 2014 Updates
October 21, 2014 Updates

Ian Begley: Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not play Wednesday. He has missed the last 4 preseason games. Bargnani hasn't played in a game since Oct. 8. Fisher was non-committal when asked if he'd be ready for the season opener on Oct. 29. #Knicks Twitter @IanBegley

Giannis says Thanasis can be 'better' than him: He was probably just being polite, but Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks his brother and Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo can be better than he is. "He can be better than me. I believe that," Giannis said Monday. Giannis added that his brother is "very athletic." "You can't [teach] that. Like some guys are tall. You can't [teach] tallness. The only thing you can do is improve your skills to play in this league. That's what he's doing. Just trying to improve his skills so he can make it in the league." ESPN.com

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN KNICKS HISTORY

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

   

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