For those that missed it yesterday, the full press conference.
Reaction: Derek Fisher Press Conference
Watched the Derek Fisher press conference and my immediate thought was… this guy is ready to lead.
Phil wanted to hire someone that would help instill a championship culture and from everything that I saw/heard from Fish today - he’s looking like the right man for the job.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m really looking forward to this Phil/Fish era to really get underway.
soooo… Shump has a new music video out.
it’s.. um … interesting.
h/t to Chris
Congrats to Timmy Jr. for being named to the NBA all-rookie team. Definitely earned it with one of the better rookie campaigns I’ve seen from a Knick.
Two things I was most impressed with: his poise (got that NBA family blood in him) and ability to finish in the open court.
And that’s not even mentioning his best asset - his jumper.
Very happy for the kid - hope he stays in NY for the long-term.
Others that made 1st team: MCW, Oladipo, Trey Burke and Mason Plumlee
NBA Draft Lottery: Tonight, 8PM EST - ESPN
Just a reminder that the NBA draft lottery is tonight.
As you may know, the Knicks don’t own their pick this year - Denver does (part of the Melo trade)
There is a 0.8% chance the pick will land at the #1 spot and a 2.9% chance of getting a top 3 pick.
It would really suck if any of those two situations happened.. actually I would laugh and think “of course.”
But, as you see, the chances are very very small.
Anyway, enjoy the lottery tonight. I’m hoping that the Suns land the #1 pick. Would be pretty great to see Bledsoe, Dragic and Wiggins play together.
When a star becomes available, the NBA’s biggest markets will throw their weight around
So… this isn’t really news.
One of the best players in the league is saying he’s going to become a free agent - EVERY team is going to be interested.
Phil Jackson isn’t “plotting” anything - he’s going to try to trade for Love like every other team is going to try to make a run for him.
1. Minny is not going to lose him for nothing, so they’ll try and trade him before his contract is up.
2. Which ever team is trading for him will want him to sign the max extension so they can keep him. If not, they risk losing Love in free agency. There are teams that take risks (like the Nets with Deron) and hope the player likes the situation enough that they’ll sign eventually.
3. The Knicks have some assets (Tyson, Shumpert, Timmy Jr, a 2018 pick), but that probably won’t be enough to get Love
Thinking about it - I don’t even think I want Love.
I’m tired of “MAX” guys that don’t play defense.
Raymond has been told he will be moved this offseason
sources - via Adam Zagoria/The Knicks Blog
So apparently Phil Jackson told Ray Felton during his ext interviews that he will be traded in the off-season.
Can’t say I’m surprised by this at all.
Now the question is - who the hell would trade for Felton? He has two years left on his contract (last year is a player option) at about 4.5-5 million per season.
Also - Steve Blake is being mentioned as a target in free agency.
Why Kerr Taking the Warriors Job Sucks…
As you all know, Steve Kerr decided to take the Warriors offer for 5 years $35 million instead of the Knicks offer of 4 years 20 million.
I have no problem with him taking a job that pays him more, for longer and keeps him close to his family.
Good for Steve Kerr.
He used Phil Jackson’s interest in him and flipped it into a better deal with another team.
Let’s get this straight - there would be no interest in Kerr from ANY team if Phil hadn’t talked to him initially.
That’s how much respect Phil Jackson has in this league.
What sucks (and may indicate future situations) is… Steve Kerr said no… to Phil Jackson! I have no clue if Steve Kerr can coach… but this is the bigger issue.
The aura Phil Jackson wasn’t enough to bring to New York the person he wanted.
It doesn’t directly impact negotiations with future free agents… but you can’t tell me that it’s not going to be in the back of their minds that you can actually say “no” to Phil.
Not an ideal start to the Jax Era.
So now what?
Potential Candidates as pointed out by The Post:
- Phil Jackson himself: I’ll take it.
- Mark Jackon: Noooooooooooooooo
- Derek Fisher: Noooooooooooo
- Jim Cleamons: I’d be good with this
- Kurt Rambis: gut says no
- Carwright: hell no, I think he’d just end up being another Herb Williams
- Brian Shaw: Denver has him locked up
- Ty Lue: I get the feeling he doesn’t know how to deal with the varying egos… pass
The Knicks remain the frontrunner to land Steve Kerr as their next head coach, but they have some competition. According to a report, Kerr will listen to the Warriors if they approach him about their coaching vacancy.
Really tough decision for Kerr here. Stay local and coach the Warriors or… trust Phil and help him turn around a franchise.
Silver Knocked it Out
Just because this news impacts all teams - I thought Adam Silver did an incredible job at the press conference today. Both in the decisions he made and the responses he gave.
There was some hardball questions asked (kudos to the journalist for asking what everyone was thinking) and Silver responded appropriately.
To sum up the penalty Donald Sterling is getting
- Life-time ban - not allowed around team and facilities and not allowed to take part of any basketball decisions
- $2.5 million fine - pennies for this guy, but it’s the max the league was allowed to fine him
Additionally, Silver is pushing the owners to vote Sterling out of ownership and force a sale of the team. He would need 3/4 of the owners to vote yes on this and from what I’m reading - sounds like he has the votes already.
I doubt any owner votes “no,” imagine the repercussions if news leaked about the owner that voted to keep Sterling around?
Anyway, it was a great press conference and it sounds like mostly everyone is satisfied with the penalty.
Defining moment for Silver and he shined… what a way to step out of David Stern’s gigantic shadow.
Here’s James Dolan’s response to the press conference via the Knicks PR Twitter handle:
I have been in touch with the NBA and fully support Commissioner Silver’s decision. I applaud Adam for acting quickly and decisively. In appropriately addressing these disgusting and offensive comments. This kind of behavior has no place in basketball or anywhere else, and we as a league must stand together in condemning this ignorance.
Good for Dolan.
And I leave you with this: I know Magic Johnson will be the front runner to buy the franchise… but wouldn’t it be great if Seattle got a team back?