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November 18, 2014 Updates

Anthony didn’t want to talk about any “finger-pointing” in the Knicks’ locker room, saying that he tried to stay away from any “negativity” last season. “I know when you’re losing games and you’re having the season like we had last year, the negativity can easily seep up in the locker room, seep up with the players,” he said. “You have side conversations with different players, guys will start grouping up and pointing fingers and stuff like that, but I didn’t see it because I kind of shied away from all of that. I had to be the one to stay positive and try to stay focused in that situation.” ESPN.com

“Whenever he’s back, his versatility is huge for us on both ends of the floor,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said after Monday’s practice. “I think he can guard multiple positions and offensively he can play multiple positions. He’s another guy on the floor that defenses have to think about how they want to cover him. He makes the game easier for Carmelo [Anthony], J.R. [Smith], Iman [Shumpert]. So we’re excited to get him back soon hopefully, and start to kind of rebuild our team again once we get some guys back out there.” ESPN.com

November 17, 2014 Updates

Dennis Doyle knows how strange it must sound, his giving up his career as a lawyer to hit the road with his favorite sports team. And then his story gets even more unusual. The part about his favorite team being the Knicks, an addiction since childhood. And choosing this season, of all seasons, to attend every one of the team’s 82 games, home and away. And withdrawing about $20,000 from his savings to make it all happen. “I knew there was a chance that this could be a really awful season,” Doyle, 31, said Thursday at his apartment in Queens. “I asked for it, I guess.” New York Times

The Knicks’ main free-agent target, Marc Gasol, is also being targeted as a possible replacement to Tim Duncan assuming Ol’ Man Riverwalk retires this summer. The Knicks will be players for the Memphis center mainly because of the first three rules of real estate — location, location, location — and because Gasol is familiar with both Jackson and Derek Fisher since older brother Pau spent the best years of his career with the Lakers. New York Daily News

Denver coach and Phil Jackson disciple Brian Shaw is slowly moving onto the hot seat and if Jackson has it in his budget, could bring him aboard. The Post reported if Shaw came with no strings attached, he would have offered the former Lakers assistant the job over Fisher last May. Fisher said Shaw hasn’t run the triangle in Denver but Shaw seemed to dispute that to a point. “We have a lot of triangle principles in our offense,’’ Shaw said. “A lot of two man game and three man on the other side. I beg to differ. There are a lot of similarities. Difference is we don’t run a two guard front which is the true form of the triangle but obviously our roster was built to play a different way.’’ New York Post

November 16, 2014 Updates

Smith told The Post he is learning to work harder under the new Triangle regime and that is making a difference. “It’s been very rewarding,’’ Smith said of the sweat equity he is putting in this season. “It doesn’t always accumulate in the stat sheet, but it accumulates with my teammates. It’s more of a process of being better for everybody around me. If we’re all on the same page, cutting and back doors, it really makes us more effective.’’ New York Post

But for all the novelty of his season-long experiment, Doyle sees real value in it — a quest for self-discovery, he said, and a chance to explore his passion for writing. He has been chronicling his travels in a blog, The Oakman Cometh: A Season with the New York Knicks, and plans to pitch a book. “I think there’s a metaphor between what’s happening with the team and what’s happening in my own life,” Doyle said. “You’ve got this team that’s coming off a horrible year where everything went wrong. But they’re in transition, and there’s hope on the horizon.” New York Times

One of the holdovers from last season’s fractured 37-win squad — injured guard Iman Shumpert — confirmed as much on Saturday. “I definitely know. I know (finger-pointing) was a problem last year,” Shumpert said after not participating in practice in Greenburgh. “This year, like I said, it’s a confidence in the system, it’s a confidence in one another. I think everybody trusted that once we came to training camp, we could see that everybody worked their ass off this summer. New York Daily News

Hill said the Knicks and Celtics wanted to bring Swift in for a workout when he returned to the States and then the league lockout occurred, wiping out the NBA summer leagues and postponing league activity for six months. “I guarantee he would have made one of those teams,” Hill said. “He was blocking shots and running the floor and rebounding, getting to the foul line. He was having fun playing basketball again. It was fun to watch. That’s a sad story. The whole story is really sad.” Boston Globe

November 15, 2014 Updates

In 2010, the biggest prize was LeBron James, but the free-agent class that summer was crammed with stars of every sort — including Johnson, who eventually returned to Atlanta with a massive six-year, $123.7 million contract. But he did so only after a flirtation with the Knicks. “Almost. Almost,” Johnson recalled of the Knicks’ contention. “The Knicks were the first team I met with.” New York Post

Johnson met with then-coach Mike D’Antoni, assistant general manager Allan Houston and owner James Dolan. “We all met and talked and they had a great presentation. It was impressive. You know what threw me off more than anything?” Johnson asked. “Obviously there was the money difference, but they said, ‘You needed a place in Westchester and you needed a place in the city.’ They said you would roughly spend like $5 million. “I was like, ‘aw, no,’ as opposed to being in Atlanta where I was already established with a solid team that was getting better every year. New York Post

Fisher continued to distance himself from Woodson when he noted on Friday that last season’s team lacked organization -- an indirect knock on the previous coaching staff. “For a team and players that traditionally were not as organized or system-based on either end, we’re not just trying to run plays or we’re not just trying to cover one play by switching everything,” Fisher said in a reference to the team’s woeful pick-and-roll coverage last season. “We’re trying to put in a way to defend as a team, a way to play offense as a team, and that’s not an overnight thing. So we’re breaking down some habits, we’re re-instilling some old habits that need to be freshened up. And we’re creating entirely new ones.” ESPN.com

Anthony did all he could to lead the Knicks to a victory on Friday – scoring an NBA-high 46 points on just 26 shots. It was easily his best night in the triangle offense. Yet, the end result was eerily familiar. Anthony and the Knicks walked off the floor with a loss for the seventh straight game. Afterward, the Knicks' star was at a loss for words. “I just couldn’t believe it,” Anthony said. “Just disbelief.” ESPN.com

The 10-year anniversary of the Malice at the Palace is Wednesday, and Metta World Peace is commemorating it with a new book. But in promoting “The Untold Story of the Malice at the Palace,’’ World Peace told The Post in an interview from China some malice that occurred in the Knicks’ locker room last season is possibly why he is not on the team this season, helping them run the triangle offense. New York Post

The former Ron Artest disclosed he and J.R. Smith had a heated incident in the locker room after a game last season because World Peace was trying to get Smith to play harder on defense. World Peace’s agent, Marc Cornstein, spoke to the Knicks during the summer, and World Peace reached out personally to Jackson, who never returned his phone call. New York Post

According to World Peace, on one occasion, owner James Dolan walked into the film room for a bull session. World Peace said he was the only player to speak up about why the team was in disarray. “You don’t hold nothing back when things are going wrong,’’ World Peace said. “You have to tell Melo [Carmelo Anthony] when he’s being lazy. You have to speak about these things, so when the playoffs come, everyone knows where everybody stands.’’ New York Post

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