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March 18, 2015 Updates

Ohm Youngmisuk: Fisher on his relationship with Popovich: "We have a very strange relationship because we have literally cost each other a lot... A lot has been at stake when we played. Last night was probably the least meaningful game we've ever played against each other" Twitter @NotoriousOHM

Bargnani’s agent, Leon Rose, confirmed on Tuesday that his client would welcome a second chance with the Knicks. “Andrea is optimistic about what Phil is trying to accomplish and he certainly wants to be part of it,” Rose told the Daily News. “But he’s a free agent this summer so it’s too early to predict what may or may not happen.” Messina believes that Bargnani is perfectly suited for Jackson’s triangle offense, noting that he’s more effective in the high post. “He’s not a low post player,” Messina added. “That’s not his game. I think Andrea is a good player for the triangle. He shoots it well, he’s not a bad passer and he sees the game well.” New York Daily News

Early Tuesday, Bargnani and Messina spoke for 10 minutes on the court and they were eventually joined by another expat, Spurs guard Marco Belinelli. Messina remembers that Belinelli struggled to find his way in the NBA until blossoming three years ago in Chicago. Last season, Belinelli was a key reserve on the Spurs championship team. “I understand in the NBA, Andrea has had bad reviews, but I think he has a lot of upside,” said Messina, who also coached Knicks guard Alexey Shved. “It’s a lot like Belinelli. Before they go back to Europe they want to make a point that they can make it here. “They have a lot of pride. Andrea wants to prove himself. I’d be surprised if he gives up and says, ‘I’m going home for the money.’ He still has something he wants to prove in the NBA.” New York Daily News

Boris Diaw: Very very disappointing loss but I guess we deserved it. We didn't end the game well and give New York their confidence back. Next... Twitter @theborisdiaw

March 17, 2015 Updates

There’s still some mystery about this French “stash’’ pick, but it is San Antonio-esque — a tactic coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford have pulled off with championship success for the Spurs, who visit the Garden Tuesday night. Jackson has yet to comment publicly on Labeyrie, but The Post has learned the sum of the transaction, according to an NBA source, was $1.5 million. New York Post

The Knicks will only say they hope to see Labeyrie play for their summer-league team in Las Vegas in July. His agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told The Post Monday night “It’s 100 percent definite he will.’’ New York Post

Gobert shares the same agent as Labeyrie, and the two played together on the French 20-and-under national team. “He wants to play in the NBA and I know he can, I don’t know if it can be next season, but maybe, yeah,’’ the rookie Gobert said. “I haven’t talked to him about it yet. He’s more of a power forward than center, though. He’s not a center. “He’s athletic and can drive and can shoot. I think he’d like to be in New York. I was happy for him.’’ New York Post

March 16, 2015 Updates

There is the obvious issue of players who won't be free agents in 2016 sitting on the sidelines while those fortunate enough to be free that summer line their pockets. And there are already murmurs of discontent that the jump in the cap will be primarily enjoyed by the game's superstars, who'll all get maximum slices of the pie if they are 2016 free agents -- like LeBron James, the NBPA's newly elected first vice president, who has made it clear he'll sign a one-year deal with Cleveland this summer in order to be free again in '16 -- at the expense of the rank and file. "Either way, they were getting the short end of the stick," texted one player, a prominent member of the NBPA, on Sunday. "I mean, you could say the same for 'Melo (Carmelo Anthony, who signed a five-year deal to remain with the Knicks last summer)." NBA.com

Jackson predicted a playoff appearance this season but began to dismantle the roster by January as the losses mounted. Plan B now includes a lottery pick in June and cap space to sign free agents in July. “And this is when the real work starts,” said one rival executive. “When you bottom out like the Knicks have, it is not easy to get yourself out of it. It takes time.” New York Daily News

March 15, 2015 Updates
March 14, 2015 Updates

When Jackson took over, he talked about making Anthony a greater force, but now he just wants him back to his earlier prime. “He’s a guy we want something like he was three years ago,’’ Jackson said. “This season, he played like on one leg, it seemed to me. Even from the start, it looked like he was favoring that leg. I hope he moves on from that because he’s the leader of this team and has to be that.’’ New York Post

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