HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors

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Phil Jackson summed up the New York Knicks' 24-point season-opening loss to the Chicago Bulls succinctly late Wednesday night. "Not ready for showtime, were we guys?" the Knicks president said to reporters before getting into the passenger seat of his SUV. ESPN.com

Afterward, Jackson was asked how long he thought it would take for the Knicks to be competitive in his first full season as president. "I can't say how long it's going to take," he said. ESPN.com

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Either way, it is an indisputable fact that Krause is the first NBA executive to detect a trace of genius within the counterculture coach of the Albany Patroons of the minor league Continental Basketball Association. "Phil was going to get out of the game and go to law school," Krause recalled, "and he'd have been the best lawyer in Montana if I didn't hire him [in 1987]. Phil didn't have a good reputation in the NBA back then, and I don't think anyone else would've hired him. But to his credit, he worked his ass off and became an outstanding coach, and he's certainly the best coaching hire I ever made. "It's just that Phil's ego is a little different than what people think. It's not big. Big is a minor word for it." ESPN.com

"Phil definitely has the intellect to be a very good general manager, but it's going to depend on what Dolan lets him do," Krause said. "Phil has to scout, too, and I don't know if he can physically do that at his age [69]. When I was the Bulls GM I did more scouting than the scouts did. I didn't have any scouts when I was hired. Phil's also going to have to work it in the draft, and he's going to need some luck there." ESPN.com

October 28, 2014 Updates

The Lakers kick off their season Tuesday, while Jackson’s squad opens their season Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls. “I don’t talk about Knicks stuff. I am not part of the Knicks. That’s not my business,” says Buss, who wears an emerald-cut three-stone engagement ring — designed by the jeweler who made the last two Lakers championship rings — on her left hand. “We’re just like so many other couples that are bicoastal and trying to figure out when we can spend time together. I don’t think we’re fascinating. We’re not Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.” New York Post

When asked if she would crown herself the most powerful female in the league, the down-to-earth Buss balks. “There are a few women. But to be the most powerful? That’s not my goal in any way. Am I in a position of power? Yes. “I don’t think gender plays a role in [success],” she continues. “I would say if you are ill-prepared and haven’t done your homework, it doesn’t matter if you are male or female.” New York Post

Buss describes the motorcycle-riding hippie, who is known as the “Zen Master,” as “very competitive, which makes it very interesting. He’s such an open person, but yet, he will slice you,” she says, noting he has never let her win a Words With Friends game. “He will always figure out a way to beat me. It’s uncanny.” And since he moved East, Buss says her lonely kitchen has an echo. “I haven’t had a home-cooked meal in months. I’m spoiled with Phil. He makes a great paella. He should share that recipe.” New York Post

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Another one of Phil Jackson’s ex-players is joining the Knicks The team has hired former Chicago Bull Craig Hodges as an assistant coach on the Westchester Knicks, the organization’s D-League affiliate, according to league sources. Hodges will join head coach Kevin Whitted’s staff. He is the latest former player of Jackson’s to join the Knicks. Jackson has also hired Derek Fisher (head coach), Kurt Rambis (assistant coach), Jim Cleamons (assistant coach) and Clarence Gaines (personnel executive). Jackson also signed and waived ex-Laker Lamar Odom. ESPN.com

Rosen, who published Jackson’s unofficial player-by-player scouting report on the Knicks that pulled no punches, said Van Gundy is off base on his history. Van Gundy said Wednesday that players win titles, not systems, and believes the Bulls and Lakers could have won with any system. “I think he’s full of crap to tell you the truth,” Rosen, who also co-wrote Jackson’s autobiography and was an assistant coach under him in the CBA, told The Post. “If they would’ve won without the triangle, why didn’t they win before he got there? Michael Jordan and Scottie [Pippen] were in Chicago before Phil, and Kobe [Bryant] and Shaq [O’Neal] played together before Phil. And what about that season when Jordan was playing basketball and the Bulls would’ve made the Finals if not for the terrible call by Hue Hollins (in the 1994 playoffs). Without a superstar, that was the best triangle has ever been run.” New York Post

October 23, 2014 Updates

Jackson had plenty to say about every player on the Knicks' roster in an interview with ESPN.com. He was very thorough and honest in his evaluation, particularly of Smith, whose past performance has many wondering if he will buy into the triangle offense. "J.R. is easily the best athlete on the team," Jackson said. "But J.R. has to learn the difference between a good shot and a bad shot. He has to trust that the triangle will create good shots and to avoid searching for his own shot. His defense also needs work because he tends to be a ball-watcher, and he's late in chasing his man around screens when he should be tailgating him." Newsday

"Carmelo Anthony is obviously the team's only certified All-Star," Jackson said. "It's also no secret that Melo has to keep the ball moving, but he's committed to doing this. Passing has never been a great strength of his, but in the triangle he'll be able to have checkoff reads like a quarterback looking for his first-option receiver, then his second and then his third." Newsday

Nothing is more important to Jeanie Buss than the Lakers, including longtime fiancé Phil Jackson. The Lakers president, who met with Carmelo Anthony during the summer in hopes of luring the free agent away from New York, said it was strange to be pursuing a player who was also being courted by Jackson — the new Knicks president — but Buss said helping the Lakers get back to greatness is her biggest priority. “It was a bit awkward during that time,” Buss said. “Carmelo is a player who’s worth fighting for. In basketball, family, love, relationships, nothing is more important to me than the Lakers, so I’ll do it again.” New York Post

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Speaking of Jackson, the Knicks president took a playful shot at Lee on Sunday, saying he was an avid fan of the Knicks who knew nothing about basketball. Lee said on Monday that he wasn't offended, but also indirectly defended his knowledge of the game. “Look I go way way back with Phil and all these guys, so it’s all love,” Spike said, adding: “Here's the thing: if Phil thought I didn't know anything about basketball, I wouldn't be doing this film.” ESPN.com

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