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Ironically, in Jackson’s first season as president, he topped that record of futility by going 17-65. Dolan has continued to publicly support Jackson, but has seemed to want to repair Thomas’ damaged reputation, for which he feels responsible. “My relationship with Phil has always been great and respectful,’’ Thomas told WFAN. “I have great respect for Phil Jackson as well as everyone else here. He’s accomplished, he knows what he’s doing and he’s a great basketball mind. I think everyone should be happy that he’s there.” New York Post

May 3, 2015 Updates

Towns, who flew in from Lexington, Ky., to appear at his high school in Metuchen, N.J., Sunday at a signing event to raise money for St. Joseph’s, told The Post how much he admires the Zen Master, who watched one of Kentucky’s practices in Lexington on Feb. 27. “It’s his presence,’’ Towns told The Post. “What he means to me, his presence is just amazing. What was so awesome as a coach, he made every player better and put them in the best position to succeed. He’s just so smart and intelligent and has so much experience. He knows how to win. At the end of the day, what every player wants to do is win. If I have the opportunity to ever play for the Knicks, that’s what I would love to do.’’ New York Post

April 28, 2015 Updates

Nobody was more surprised than Hawks veteran power forward Elton Brand when he received the midnight email last July 1 from Knicks president Phil Jackson. Free agency had begun, and Jackson wanted to express his immediate interest and talk to the Westchester native. “It was at the deadline, at 12:01 a.m., then we spoke that morning,’’ Brand told The Post before the Hawks fell to the Nets at Barclays Center on Monday in Game 4. “It was surprising just because of his stature. It wasn’t surprising of what he was trying to do to rebuild that team and putting in that work. But it was surprising because he is who he is. It was like being in L.A. with the Clippers and all the championships he won when I was there.” New York Post

April 26, 2015 Updates

To say the Knicks fells short of expectations this season would be an understatement. With a payroll in the Top 4 in the NBA, New York finished with the second-worst record in the league, which makes the Knicks the team with the worst return results-wise for the money spent on player salaries this year. (We're not even factoring in coaches and executives salaries here, which would make New York look even worse considering the lofty contracts of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher). Each regular-season win cost the Knicks close to $4.8 million, which puts Jackson's club ahead of Minnesota and even the deep-pocketed, underperforming Lakers in this ranking. HoopsHype

April 21, 2015 Updates

Chris Herring: Phil says there's a tendency to overpay guys in FA. "We have to do some judicious shopping. [But] we won't go to the dollar store." Twitter @HerringWSJ

Ian Begley: Phil Jackson says that he'll try to use the triangle offense, Carmelo Anthony and he and his staff's history of winning to lure free agents Twitter @IanBegley

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