HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors

November 25, 2014 Updates

Knicks president Phil Jackson is spending Thanksgiving in Los Angeles with family. He said that was his plan in September. But Jackson, who was filmed by TMZ while grocery shopping in L.A. last week, apparently didn't like that the trip has been viewed or portrayed as a vacation and responded on Twitter, saying he went home early for a doctor's appointment. Jackson's tweet read: "In spite of news of vaca, the reason to trip to LA allowed for medical checkups -- all negative and thankful today." Newsday

November 18, 2014 Updates

Jackson huddled with Anthony prior to last Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. "We had a great conversation, a very positive conversation," Anthony said after practice on Monday. "It gave me some clarity whether it was in the system, whether it was things I should do out there for myself, whether it was things I should do out there for the players, for my teammates ... I took it extremely well." ESPN.com

November 17, 2014 Updates

Kerr implemented Carroll's practice of playing loud music during practice for the Warriors. "What I found in my career was, there's 82 games, hopefully more," Kerr said. "Every day can't be the same. Phil Jackson was great with that, and Pop. You didn't know what to expect each day. So I learned that from Phil and Pop. There was some music playing in Seattle [at practice], and I talked to Pete about that. He said, 'You know, it's food for the soul, and the players love it.' "And if you can do it at the right times, where they can still focus, that's important. Because the game is not played in a silent gym. It's played with pressure, and with noise. So the music can serve as a stimulant, as a motivator, but also as a distraction. Can you focus through that?" NBA.com

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 13, 2014 Updates

For his part, Fisher said that putting a date on when a player will get the triangle is not in his thinking. Each players learns it at his own pace. “I don’t know if it’s a fair assessment or not,’’ Fisher said before the Knicks’ 97-95 loss Wednesday night to the Magic — their sixth straight defeat. “[Phil] obviously knows a lot about his offense, but I think it’s more than just a guy is going to get it. Each player and person has different learning curves. I don’t know if there’s a date. “It’s more where our team is from a management standpoint. For me, I don’t have a date on when I would assume a guy should or shouldn’t have it. I’m going to coach him until he’s here or isn’t here. Those won’t be my decisions.’’ New York Post

November 11, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson can’t talk about Kobe Bryant because of tampering rules. But the Knicks President was asked about his former star guard amid rumors that Bryant could somehow land in New York given the Lakers’ disastrous start to this NBA season: “We just have to measure, always, what’s this team’s potential?” Jackson said Monday night about his thoughts on the Bryant rumors. “What is this group’s potential? What do we have in front of us as an organization? I always used to say, ‘General managers are thinking three to five years ahead, coaches are thinking one to three games ahead, that’s about as far as they can see.’ The Knicks Blog

Silver jokingly said it "clearly" looked like the Knicks were "still learning" the triangle after their loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Jackson on Monday addressed the commissioner's comments. "I wasn't so humored by the commissioner actually jumping in on top of that, too," he said. "He doesn't need to get in on that. There's enough focus on [the] triangle. It's not anything. It's a system. It's simple basketball. Just play the game. We're over the triangle; let's get to business and play the right way." ESPN.com

In a rare state-of-the-Knicks address, Phil Jackson couldn't help himself. In addition to some illuminating observations about Carmelo Anthony and the triangle offense, the Knicks' team president fell into a familiar role: criticizing the referees. "I did step on the court today and tell players that if guys lean all over you and put their nose in your business, you have a right to protect yourself," Jackson said Monday night, using one of his pet peeves to answer a question about how involved he is with the team's day-to-day, on-court activities. "I was disappointed in the refereeing the other night with letting Atlanta slap the ball out of our players' hands and get turnovers that were really out of the positional favor. So we have to be much firmer with the ball and so that irritated me as a sideline observer." At one point, Jackson remarked that the reason he took the Knicks job was the opportunity to "impart what I have learned." Perhaps, the Zen Master also missed writing fine checks to the league office. CBSSports.com

Jackson said Anthony needs to focus on other things than shotmaking, getting to the basket when the triangle is set up on the other side of the court as he did in Atlanta in the first half on Saturday. Jackson also would like to see Anthony get more offensive rebounds. Jackson hasn’t traveled to any road games, but has been giving input. In fact, he made a point to step on the court during the morning shootaround Monday to impart wisdom about showing more fight against physical defense. New York Post

Jackson said he told his coaches to expect the team to struggle early on due in part to a difficult schedule. The Knicks have played eight games in the first 12 days of the season, seven against teams that made the playoffs in 2013-14. The lone exception was a road game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I see growth in this team and I'm optimistic," Jackson said. "It's not always the final score; it's sometimes how you play. I think we're playing the game much better and we're getting some activity that we like to see." ESPN.com

November 10, 2014 Updates
November 6, 2014 Updates

Thanasis Antetokounmpo was practicing with his Greek club in August when he realized he had missed two phonecalls from aThanasis number he didn’t recognize. “So I called back and it was Phil,” as in Phil Jackson, Antetokounmpo recalled Wednesday at the Westchester Knicks media day. “And then my phone died and I was rushing to charge my phone to call back.” The Knicks Blog

When Antetokounmpo ultimately did speak with Jackson, the Zenmaster convinced the 6-foot-6 second-round draft pick to come play with the Knicks D-League team instead of playing overseas, where he reportedly could have made as much as $550,000 instead of the $24,600 the D-League offers. What was Jackson’s message in that phonecall? “That they believe in me and the only thing I have to do is believe in myself,” Antetokounmpo said. The Knicks Blog

November 5, 2014 Updates

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