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Adrian Wojnarowski: Jim Dolan made the decision to hire him, and Phil (Jackson) told him what it was going to be, which was, and I don’t think Dolan understood what he meant, which was ‘I’m bringing a system and a philosophy, this core of belief about how’re going to play. We’re gonna play with the triangle, and that’s gonna be an organizational mandate.” And in Phil’s mind, you talk with people around him, Phil somehow believed that the triangle would survive him in New York, that he would leave someday but they would continuing running the triangle, that the Knicks would be a triangle organization.

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Adrian Wojnarowski: "I've heard some horror stories about Phil in presentation situations with players, unprepared, disorganized. And sometimes he'd have Steve Mills there, who'd try to redirect them, but I know a couple of players who walked out of meetings in a couple different free-agent scenarios and saying ‘Wow, that was Phil Jackson. That's not how I imagined hed'd be."
Adrian Wojnarowski: I heard some horror stories about Phil in presentation situations with players – unprepared, just disorganized. And sometimes, he’d have Steve Mills in there, who’d try to re-direct him. But I know of a couple players who walked out of meetings in a couple different free-agent scenarios and, “Wow, that was Phil Jackson? That’s now how I imagined he’d be.”
“I truly believe that teams that I’ve been a part of throughout my career,” Perry said, “I’ve just seen how important veteran players can be to younger players just from a mentoring standpoint, for setting the right example on and off the court for guys, being a sounding board for young guys because this is going to be a first for many young people on our team playing 82 games, what’s that like. It’s going to challenge their confidence, it’s going to challenge their physical bodies. To have enough guys in the locker room that had that experience before is very helpful for them to help them grow and help them push through adversity and obstacles.
New Knicks general manager Scott Perry said he believes the team’s fans will be satisfied with any result this season if they witness a franchise “establishing a direction” and fighting every game. “Fans in general respect teams who compete and fight hard every night,’’ Perry said in a pregame meeting with the traveling beat writers before the Knicks faced the Wizards in their second preseason game. “I think fans will respect that. We’ll see where that takes us. Nobody has a crystal ball, what that’s going to mean for results this year. Let that play out.
“The big thing is this team competing, playing hard, playing together, trying to defend every night. If we can do that, they can live with the results. The fans will at least see the proper direction we’re headed. That’s going to be key — establishing direction where we’re headed as an organization.’’
But while Ntilikina, this year’s lottery pick, was rehabilitating a contused knee and Porzingis was getting a rest day, Knicks general manager Scott Perry, entrusted with overseeing this rebuild, was here, getting a close-up at his arduous task. While the Wizards, bound for the playoffs were starting John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Marcin Gortat and Jason Smith as if they were in a playoff game, Perry was left with a glimpse of what life could be like this season. “We want to build the right way,” Perry said. “It’s like building a home. It takes time to establish that foundation. I’ve been around the league long enough and have enough experience that I’m comfortable and confident in that approach. “So I’m not going to waver on that. We’ll be opportunistic as we would along the way and just focusing on development and working hard and live with the results as we move forward.”
While general manager Scott Perry said the starting center job will be one of the most important battles of camp, he admitted something could happen in terms of a trade. Who knows if Kanter, 25, becomes more of a two-way player after his 33-pound weight loss and renders Hernangomez a trade chip down the road. Or if Kanter is flipped for draft picks at the trade deadline to a team desperate for inside scoring? “Part of my job is to daily assess our roster, take phone calls and figure out ways to keep getting this basketball team better,’’ Perry said during media day Monday. “So I will continue to do that.’’
Carmelo Anthony: Thank you to All My Fans who supported me through Thick and Thin. And those who continued to support The Knicks regardless of the outcome. Thank You to Jim Dolan and the Knicks organization and all the hardworking people that don’t get the credit they deserve. And most importantly, Thank you to the City of New York for allowing me to represent OUR city. 7eace be with you
There is also the matter of reports, including several from the Daily News that Porzingis' relationship with Jeff Hornacek is on thin ice. Porzingis, who spoke to The News after he was spotted at a midtown eatery Sunday afternoon, declined to address the circumstances behind blowing off his end of the season meeting with Jackson, Hornacek and Steve Mills. The 22-year-old forward would only say, "Honestly, I would love for this year to be a new start. All I'm looking for is a fresh start and not to talk about that anymore."
Porzingis, however, does stand by his decision to return to Latvia and workout on his own. "It was important that I disconnected from everything," he added. "I was working on my game and resting my mind. I kept working hard this summer to put myself in this position. I'm coming in with a fresh mind. I don't want to carry anything from the previous season."
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says Phil Jackson "chased" Carmelo Anthony out of New York and that the forward's addition automatically makes the Oklahoma City Thunder a threat to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference. "They've got two top-10 players [in Russell Westbrook and Paul George] and Carmelo, who's No. 60 or whatever they got him rated," Boeheim, who coached Anthony to the 2003 NCAA championship, told SNY.tv by phone on Saturday. "I think he's still a top player, and I think Russell and Paul George make it easier for him to be able to do what he does."
Asked if he thinks Anthony regrets not making the Knicks a championship contender after arriving in 2011, Boeheim said he did. "Yeah, he loved New York," he said. "He wanted to come to New York, he wanted to get it done in New York. And he did everything he could to do it, and I don't think he ever wanted to leave New York. "I think Phil Jackson chased him out, and didn't leave him a good alternative. But I think both organizations came out of this good."
Boeheim told ZAGSBLOG last week he believes Jackson hurt the Knicks' bargaining position by making it known he wanted to trade Anthony. "I think he did, but I think these guys [Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry] salvaged it," Boeheim said Saturday. "Everybody knew they had to make a move by Monday. They just couldn't go to training camp in this circumstance so I think they pulled off a good trade."
Thunder general manager Sam Presti and Knicks GM Scott Perry had been talking on and off about a possible deal for weeks. Talks intensified in the 24 hours before Saturday's agreement, league sources said. As training camp loomed next week, Perry increasingly wanted no part of the circus that awaited his franchise with media day and Anthony's arrival both on Monday. Around the organization and Anthony, there was a belief that the unresolved saga would become a suffocating daily issue. Perry started to feel the urgency of making a deal on Friday, and engaged Oklahoma City in more serious dialogue, league sources said.
Once Anthony expanded his list of teams to include Cleveland and Oklahoma City within the past 10 days, Perry had more flexibility to move Anthony. Perry remained in contact with Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey, who had the most versatile array of assets for New York and motivation to make the deal -- but, ultimately, Anthony would not accept a trade to the Pacific Northwest. Anthony was intrigued with a potential partnership with Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic, and the stability and track record of the front office and coaching staff in Portland, but did not want to make such a dramatic geographic shift, league sources said.
Perry, 53, is grateful for the opportunity after 17 years in NBA front offices. “You never know when your opportunity will come, if it will ever come, quite frankly,” he said. “Fortunately it did come in the form of New York, a historical franchise like the Knicks. I feel well-prepared for the opportunity and the job. Thirty years in the business, 13 years as a college coach, 17 years in the NBA, and not having skipped any steps as it relates to this business. It’s an exciting time, an exciting opportunity, one that I worked very hard for over the years.”
Perry had actually completed the move from Orlando to Sacramento when he got a call from the Knicks. “It has been very tough logistically, to put it mildly,” said Perry, who worked for more than a decade as Joe Dumars’s assistant with the Pistons. “When you consider moving cross country twice within a 3½-4-month period, that’s very difficult. Living in and out of hotels, packing, unpacking, selling a home, purchasing a home in Sacramento that I never moved into and have to sell now. It’s been very challenging, but I always take a step back and say it’s very well worth it because I’ve been blessed to get this opportunity. That quickly erases that angst over moving twice.”
Ian Begley: In a blog written on a company website, Knicks GM Scott Perry described how his background as an athlete, coach and executive shapes his views and approach as general manager. He offers some insight into his thoughts on the future of the Knicks. "There are no shortcuts," he writes. "Reshaping the Knicks as a championship contender will be a step-by-step process, and along the way, the plan will demand patience, as our young core of Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangómez, Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker mature. But allow me to add a twist. I don't view my job as an either-or proposition. A general manager — especially in today's world of free agency and player movement — must always have his antenna up for all possibilities." Perry didn't mention any other Knicks in his blog, including Carmelo Anthony, whom the Knicks have hoped to trade.
Jeff Hornacek isn't the only member of the Knicks' hierarchy to attend one of Carmelo Anthony's New York City pickup games. Knicks president Steve Mills also attended a pickup game earlier this month featuring Anthony and other players at the Lifetime Athletic gym in Manhattan, league sources told ESPN. Mills' and Hornacek's attendance at these games is noteworthy because the Knicks have been looking to trade Anthony for months and Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, is open to being moved. New York has been unable to find a suitable deal with Anthony's preferred destination, the Houston Rockets. It is unknown if Hornacek or Mills had any substantive discussions with Anthony on the day(s) they attended games. For what it's worth, Mills last month wrote a long blog on a company website about his vision for the future of the club and didn't mention Anthony.
For Scott Perry, the chance to help resurrect the Knicks is a long-awaited opportunity. While analytic-centric general managers with just a fraction of the front office experience were getting GM jobs, Perry was waiting patiently for his chance. Perry, 53, is grateful for the opportunity after 17 years in NBA front offices. “You never know when your opportunity will come, if it will ever come, quite frankly,” he said. “Fortunately it did come in the form of New York, a historical franchise like the Knicks. I feel well-prepared for the opportunity and the job. Thirty years in the business, 13 years as a college coach, 17 years in the NBA, and not having skipped any steps as it relates to this business. It’s an exciting time, an exciting opportunity, one that I worked very hard for over the years.”
“I would first say, look, all these jobs are tough in professional sports,” Perry said. “New York is one of the more legendary, iconic cities in the world, the spotlight is that much brighter on the job. That’s not lost on me, but I’m going to be who I am, apply my experiences, my personality, things I’ve heard over the years, and do my part in making this a successful team again.”
Thomas was asked if he still gives Dolan advice on the Knicks. Though Mills and Thomas famously worked together once, their relationship deteriorated in the wake of the Anucha Browne Sanders sexual harassment suit. “I’m involved with the Liberty,’’ said Thomas, in Vegas promoting his new champagne. “I talk to him about the Liberty. I don’t talk to him about the Knicks. I respect authority and lines of authority. It would be inappropriate of me and not respectful of me to whoever’s in that job to voice my opinion about the Knicks – froma personnel or strategic standing. That’s’s not my place. I have to respect those lines of authority.’’
Thomas, also a former Knicks president who had a similarly inept stint, has resurfaced as Liberty president. The Garden’s WNBA tenant clinched their third straight playoff berth this week under Thomas. “There’ve been a lot of us who have come through New York that want to do well,’’ Thomas said in Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout and appearing on The MMA Hour radio show. “For whatever reason we didn’t do well. I look at Phil before he got to New York – how he was respected in the game. And that’s the Phil Jackson I choose to remember. That’s on the real.”
Houston did have kind words for his new bosses, president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry. “Steve and Scott have been intentional in their language about what we want to be,” said Houston, who played nine of his 12 seasons with the Knicks. “It starts with identifying what you want to be and then going out and doing it.”
“[Knicks president] Steve Mills and [Knicks general manager] Scott Perry on the record were very clear that Kristaps was part of the future,’’ the source said in reference to comments made last month by both executives. “In all the discussions since then — there were other rumors before that Cleveland would want Kristaps — and it didn’t seem that [the Knicks] were interested at all in a conversation.’’
Phil Jackson to Peter Vecsey: Peter, I heard your message via voice mail. I'm glad you're going to get back in the mix and begin writing again. It's a new world out there, but I don't consider it journalism. However, sports writing has always been a mix of opinionating and you were one of the best. For my own part, I'm not able, yet, to begin opining. However, I'm still on hold about WTF just went down the past 3 years of Knick basketball. In that regard, I'm not angry, but disappointed I couldn't fulfill the mission. Winning is a priority in NY and I couldn't get those guys into at least a 500% season so we could get some free space to rebuild.
New York Knickerbockers announced today the hiring of the following front office personnel: Gerald Madkins has been named assistant general manager, Craig Robinson as vice president, player development and G League operations, Harold Ellis as director, player personnel, Michael Arcieri as director, basketball strategy and Fred Cofield as scout. “Last month, the day after I was hired, I started a full evaluation of the entire basketball operations staff,” Knicks General Manager Scott Perry said. “My first goal was to build-up the highest level front office in the NBA. We are adding a host of highly-regarded and respected basketball people to work with the Knicks to fortify the franchise for years to come.”
Ian Begley: Scott Perry is working to add Harold Ellis & Michael Arcieri to NYK's front office, sources tell ESPN. Perry worked with both men in Orlando
Williams, the Magic’s co-founder and senior VP, couldn’t imagine Perry’s captivating ride since his Magic departure that followed the franchise’s worst five-season stint in history. “He’s here for five years, working as a right-hand man to [former GM] Rob Hennigan,’’ Williams told The Post. “He was very behind the scenes, the invisible guy. Don’t think he was ever quoted. Suddenly he’s extremely visible. Quoted more in the last two weeks than his entire career.
Brad Turner: Clippers interviewed Mark Hughes Thursday for assistant GM job, per source. Hughes is director of player personnel for Knicks.
According to a team source, Perry is also considering hiring another front office executive who would be responsible for managing the salary cap. Long-time Knicks executive Jamie Matthews is currently the Knicks "capologist."
New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry revealed on ESPN's SC6 that he has not yet met team owner James Dolan. Perry, who was officially hired as Knicks GM last Friday, said he'd dealt with team president Steve Mills throughout the hiring process rather than Dolan. "I have not met with him yet, but I'm looking forward to that," Perry said of Dolan.
New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry revealed on ESPN's SC6 that he has not yet met team owner James Dolan. Perry, who was officially hired as Knicks GM last Friday, said he'd dealt with team president Steve Mills throughout the hiring process rather than Dolan. "I have not met with him yet, but I'm looking forward to that," Perry said of Dolan.
Perry added on Friday that he had no reservation about taking the Knicks' GM position in light of Dolan's history of involvement with management decisions. "No I really didn't," Perry said. "Again, Steve Mills, who I worked with very closely in this process, I have a lot of trust and faith in him. The organization has been very welcoming of me. I'm very confident in who I am as a person and am confident in the vision that's been set here.”
Three months ago, the Orlando Magic relieved the then-executive vice president of his duties. Shortly afterward, the Sacramento Kings hired Perry as their executive vice president of basketball operations. And after sparking the long-rebuilding Kings to their best offseason in years, Perry on Monday will be introduced as Knicks GM, his dream job that he worked 30 years to land. “To have this opportunity to come to New York in the role of general manager, personally, it’s a very humbling time too,” Perry told The Undefeated in an exclusive interview. “I have been grinding in the game for 30 years. I spent 13 years as a college coach. I have had the peaks and valleys and all in-between.
No, this is not an easy job. Even so, Perry is eager for the challenge alongside newly promoted Knicks president Steve Mills. “I am a guy who always sees the positive in things,” Perry said. “I see great potential there. Look, you’re in New York City. The Knicks franchise is known around the globe. You just need some time, patience, organization and to put it together right.
The Kings have struggled to land quality free agents for years. But sources said Perry, who has a strong relationship with agents and players, played a pivotal role in the signing of veteran forward Vince Carter, veteran forward-center Zach Randolph and point guard George Hill, who started for the Utah Jazz last season. Suddenly, the Kings aren’t a laughingstock anymore and appear to be finally in the right direction, with Perry getting much of the credit nationally.
“There are certain things I didn’t have control of,” Perry said. “You need someone to see in you what you believe you have, someone to put you in a position to be a general manager of a franchise. I’ve been accumulating experience, and I’m going to my 18th season in the NBA. Obviously, I felt I was ready prior to this moment, but never did get the chance.”
“Scott is a great guy and he will be very approachable and talkative for you guys [in the media],” one NBA front-office type told The Post. “He has great contacts around the league and is tremendous relating to players. “The question after Orlando is his judgment in putting teams together. He’s a very nice guy, a big résumé, but you can argue Orlando is coming off its worst five-year stretch in their history. So you can view the move as questionable.”
The Knicks will hold a news conference Monday to introduce Perry and perhaps provide a plan for the franchise moving forward. “I will work tirelessly to develop a culture that demands results, commitment and pride from everyone fortunate enough to be associated with our team — from our staff to our players,” Perry said in a statement after the Knicks hired him. “Nothing comes close to Madison Square Garden for basketball and it is our right and responsibility to showcase that tradition of excellence, day and night. I can’t wait to get started.”
A league source said Perry would let Hornacek run whatever offense he wants, and he wouldn’t meddle. In many of the interviews Perry has given recently, he speaks about having no agendas and the importance of having good relationships with people. “You chuck all individual agendas and leave them at the door when you come into the office,” Perry said in an interview with the Kings.com, the Sacramento Kings website, in May. “Once you come into this office, we’re working together, it’s always fun.
Add Mark Hughes to the list of candidates for the Bucks’ vacant assistant general manager’s position. Hughes has been the director of player personnel for the New York Knicks since 2011.
“Today marks a culture change for our organization where we reestablish the pride, work ethic and responsibility that comes with playing for the Knicks and representing New York,” Mr. Dolan said. “I’m confident that Steve is the right person to take on this role, and ensure that we return to one of the elite teams of the NBA. He’s got an ambitious plan that centers on building a young team focused on player development, communication and teamwork.
“His decision to bring Scott on as general manager is a critical first step in transforming this franchise. Scott brings tremendous skill and experience in helping to build winning basketball teams. He’ll immediately get to work adjusting our basketball operations department to make sure we have one of the most effective front office staffs in the NBA,” Dolan added. “As Steve and Scott move forward, I will continue to not be involved in the operations of the team.”
Jeff Zillgitt: This is the kind of job Scott Perry has sought for some time now. Helped Kings in short time and will try to do same with the Knicks. twitter.com/sam_amick/stat…
The New York Knicks are in advanced talks with Sacramento Kings executive vice president of basketball operations Scott Perry about making him their general manager, four people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because a deal had not been finalized. The Kings are seeking cash compensation for Perry, the longtime executive who had made a significant impact in his short time in Sacramento. Perry, who was fired by the Orlando Magic in mid-April as part of a front office overhaul that included then-general manager Rob Hennigan, joined the Kings on April 21 and played a pivotal part in their successful summer.
The Sacramento Kings granted the Knicks permission to meet with Perry, and the two sides sat down in New York on Thursday, league sources said. There is no agreement yet in place, according to league sources.
The Knicks are recruiting Perry with a promotion to the GM title, and Kings ownership has shown a willingness to allow Perry to leave for a more prominent title and dream job in New York, league sources said. Perry would report to Steve Mills, who will elevate to Knicks president, according to sources.
A Knicks official would not comment on it, but two people who have been in talks with the team said that they were told that Steve Mills will make the official move up to team president and that a general manager to fill the role he held the last three years has been selected. But there was no word on exactly who the pick is.
If the Knicks move internally the most logical name would be Allan Houston, a favorite of Garden Chairman James Dolan, who has served as assistant general manager and then added the role of general manager of the team’s developmental league team, the Westchester Knicks.
As the David Griffin flirtation demonstrated, the Knicks already have their successor to former president Phil Jackson. According to sources debriefed on their front-office search, owner James Dolan is moving forward with a plan that has Steve Mills remaining as the permanent president. No negotiations have taken place yet between the Knicks and Mills.
A source told the Daily News that one of Griffin’s requests was to remove Allan Houston, who has been with the Knicks as a player or an executive for the majority of the last 20 years. With Dolan’s support as one of the owner’s all-time favorite players (remember that $100 million contract extension), Houston rapidly ascended in New York’s front office and many believe he’s being groomed as the next GM under Mills.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has pulled his name out of the New York Knicks' front office search, a source told The Undefeated's Marc Spears.
Griffin is expected to do television basketball analysis next season and has no other possible NBA job opportunities at the moment.
After several conversations and a dinner meeting with franchise executive Steve Mills on Friday, the New York Knicks are progressing toward opening contract negotiations with David Griffin to become the team's next general manager, league sources told ESPN. Griffin, the ex-Cleveland Cavaliers GM, traveled to New York this weekend to meet with Mills, with whom Griffin has continued to discuss the shaping of a potential Knicks partnership.
Griffin is also expected to meet with owner James Dolan in the near future, league sources said. In the wake of Phil Jackson's departure as president of basketball operations, Mills is expected to move into the president's title -- with Griffin, if he becomes GM, taking over the primary responsibilities of running basketball operations, league sources said.
The Knicks’ free-agency plan changed when Phil Jackson was removed as team president. General manager Steve Mills is running the basketball department now. Instead of looking for players who fit the triangle, Mills is said to be seeking young, athletic players, and his first big move in free agency was to try to bring back someone Jackson traded two years ago.
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Ishmail Wainright to Toronto

Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Ishmail Wainright has agreed to a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, his agents Deirunas Visockas and Jim Tanner of @Tandem Sports tell ESPN. Wainright has played in Europe since finishing his four-year career at Baylor in 2017, and has showed the ability to impact an NBA team with his defensive versatility.
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Two other names (Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal) might be slightly more alluring, but the one significant player nearly everyone expects to be on the move this summer is Simmons, as we’ve already documented ad infinitum since The Pass. The fit with Joel Embiid seems questionable at best and both Simmons and his team would probably be better off with a new arrangement.

Luka Doncic rips officiating after loss to France

Luka Doncic’s disappointment with Slovenia’s loss to France in the second Olympic Games semifinal was more than obvious in the finale with the Dallas Mavericks superstar also expressing his frustration on his way to the locker room. After the end of the game, Doncic was shouting “FIBA is probably happy” while walking through the media mixed zone per ’15min’. He was also reported to shout “FIBA happened” while Slovenia big man Ziga Dimec was being asked questions about the game.
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Slovenia had several complaints with the officiating and particularly with a play halfway through the fourth period and the score tied at 78 where Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot blocked Jaka Blazic’s layup attempt. Blazic protested that it was a goaltending violation and he received a technical foul.
“Probably one of the best blocks I’ve seen,” said France center Rudy Gobert — perhaps the best shot-blocker in the world these days. “Being able to grind for 40 minutes and win an Olympic game on that block, it’s just amazing. This is why you play the game. This is why you work hard, why you sacrifice time from your families, to come here and try to accomplish something and be part of those moments.”
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If Randle continues to play as well as he did this season, the Knicks will get him at a discount, even if he stays around to make $29.5 million in the last year of his deal, which is reportedly a player option. It also allows the Knicks to put more talent around him. They passed on retaining cap space for next summer with their deals this month and are already hovering around the expected cap number, according to Spotrac. They’ll also be able to offer RJ Barrett an extension after the 2021-22 season, which will kick in after the summer of 2023.