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February 22, 2015 Updates
February 21, 2015 Updates

“I have no idea and I really can’t comment on anything in the past, but I can tell you one thing: J.R. Smith has been a dream for us, as a team and for me personally,” Blatt said one day ahead of Smith’s MSG return on Sunday to face the Knicks. “I love the guy. I love coaching him. He comes to work every single day. He’s a great teammate. He’s playing both ends of the court for us consistently. He’s one of the main reasons for our turnaround, together with Iman, who simply started later because of (a shoulder) injury. New York Daily News

Tim Hardaway Jr. has seen his play take a drastic drop from his rookie season, but he survived the trade deadline — perhaps more because of his struggles than the Knicks desire to keep him. He reportedly was included in a package the team tried to put together in a deal for Goran Dragic, who wound up with the Heat. "I don't follow any of that stuff," Hardaway said before the deadline. "I control what I can control - that's playing for this team. … I'm happy to be here. Hopefully, I'll be here for a long time." Bergen Record

Discreetly, the Knicks-Cavaliers Sunday matinee was pulled off ABC recently in an unprecedented move. It was the first time in the network’s 13 years of telecasting Sunday games it has obliterated a basketball window without replacing it with another game, according to industry sources. In place of the 1 p.m. contest will be Oscar programming, according to a source. New York Post

February 20, 2015 Updates

When Charley Rosen approached the podium to give the keynote address at the CUNYAC's awards luncheon on Thursday, he said he was not "there to defend" his friend and business partner, Phil Jackson. But that's exactly what he did. Over the next eight minutes, Rosen, 74, toed the Knicks company line to a hushed room full of student-athletes. "The triangle works. And Phil has more rings than he has fingers to prove it," said Rosen. "It's not about this year. It's about the future. Two years from now they'll (the Knicks) be in the conference finals." New York Daily News

"Phil needs the money?" Rosen said in between bites of cheese cake to the Daily News. "He's got more money than he can spend in five lifetimes. And if you see his lifestyle, he's not gaudy or anything like that. He lives in a $5½ million apartment (in Manhattan) but that's fitting given the money he's making." New York Daily News

February 19, 2015 Updates


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


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