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April 15, 2015 Updates

When the local product was in town with the Spurs a month ago – sporting a “Made in New York” tattoo on his wrist and a Yankees hat in his locker – I asked Green if the Knicks could be an attractive free agent destination for players this summer. “New York’s a great place, a great city,” Green told SheridanHoops. “A lot of people love coming and visiting here. You know Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher now are changing things around a little bit and I’m sure that they have more than enough cap space. They’re going to get some guys so it’ll be interesting. I think they’ll be able to get some good pieces in free agency during that time.” SheridanHoops

Monroe and his deft post game will play the Garden on Wednesday night in the season finale for both teams. Monroe’s next contest may be in orange and blue next fall. “We are well aware the Knicks have cap space and we will sit down with them at the appropriate time,’’ Falk told The Post in a 25-minute phone interview from his Washington office. “Now is not the appropriate time.’’ Falk’s sentiment suggested the Knicks have a legitimate shot. New York Post

League executives have told The Post of all the free agents on the Knicks’ radar, Monroe has the best chance of coming to New York. Subsequently, an unnamed NBA executive was quoted in a recent published report, saying it’s “about as close to a done deal as you can get.” Falk was displeased with the quote, because teams cannot negotiate with prospective free agents until July 1. “It’s so silly,’’ Falk said. “It’s factually incorrect and completely unsubstantiated.’’ New York Post

Falk said Monroe didn’t “solicit’’ other offers last summer, figuring Detroit would just match. “He didn’t do what he did so he could short-circuit the process,’’ Falk said. “It goes against the grain of everything we did. We haven’t even made a short list of teams he’s interested in yet. After the season, after he unwinds, we will sit down, have a few dinners, a few drinks, a few meetings and I’ll present him a number of different teams and I’ll find out what fits his priorities. New York Post

Happily or not, the coaches are doing it on their own, shortening their seasons by resting players. This has worked admirably for the defending champion Spurs, coming off two Finals apperances, but is hard on the core fans paying fancy prices to attend. A management source says an average NBA live gate is $1 million, boosted by the king’s ransom the Knicks and Lakers make–almost $3 million per opening–even with their bedraggled teams. Forbes.com

Game No. 81 took him to Atlanta, and after spending $26,000 of his savings over more than five months to take in 64 losses (and 17 wins), Doyle wore khaki shorts, a blue T-shirt and the ashen expression of someone who had been a stowaway on a ship adrift at sea. “It would have been a totally different experience,” he said, “if they’d been good.” Doyle, 32, whose existential crisis was first reported in November, decided to follow the Knicks around for the season after being let go from his job as a lawyer. A lifelong fan of the team, he has chronicled his travels in a blog — The Oakman Cometh: A Season With the New York Knicks — and recently signed with a literary agent, Josh Getzler, to shop a book proposal. New York Times

About 45 minutes before the Knicks faced the Hawks at Philips Arena on Monday night, Dennis Doyle was among the first patrons seated in Section 112. His ticket, which he had purchased before the season, was a remnant of a bygone era, back when the Knicks employed Iman Shumpert and J. R. Smith, back when Carmelo Anthony had two functional knees, and back when Doyle believed the team was capable of making the N.B.A. playoffs. The season, the worst in franchise history, has been more difficult than any of them could have imagined. “I’m so shot,” Doyle said. “My senses are just done. My memory all runs together.” New York Times

April 14, 2015 Updates

Jose Calderon doesn't believe he's played his last game as a Knick. The veteran point guard said he wants to be back next season and thinks he will be. "I really want to stay here," Calderon said. "I think they want me here. That's the feeling I got. I think I really can help this team next year." Newsday

Calderon knows the business of the NBA, and that his name will be mentioned in different scenarios this offseason. But he doesn't seem concerned. "It'll be there," Calderon said with a big smile. "To be honest, I want to be here. When you go through a season like this you don't want to be out of it when good things are coming. We'll have some new guys or whatever. Melo will be healthy, and we'll be good. We'll be a good team for sure." Newsday

Jackson is also very familiar with Monroe’s agent, David Falk, who represented Michael Jordan during Jordan's playing days under Jackson in Chicago. So when the season comes to a merciful end on Wednesday night, Knicks fans may be hoping to see a big game from Monroe to not only see what he can do on the Garden floor but also potentially hand the Knicks a loss to help increase their lottery odds. ESPN.com

“Most definitely,’’ Carroll said when asked if the Knicks would be a high consideration.“When guys talk about playing in certain places — they talk about Madison Square Garden and Staples Center. Those two places. New York has a lot to offer but at the end of the season, I’ll let my agent do that. We’ll keep our options and hopefully it will work out for the best.’’ New York Post

April 13, 2015 Updates
April 12, 2015 Updates

Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe denied a New York Daily News report today in which an unnamed NBA personnel executive said the player's move this summer to the New York Knicks is virtually a "done deal." "You write it's a done deal, there must be another Greg Monroe around here that I don't know about, because I haven't agreed to anything," Monroe said before the Pistons' home finale today against the Charlotte Hornets. Booth Newspapers

Monroe said the report by the Daily News' Frank Isola was "not factual at all." "And we, as players, have to come in and answer for it when we have absolutely nothing to do with it," he said. Booth Newspapers


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


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