At this point it feels like we are waiting for the inevitable — Phil Jackson is going to take a key spot in the New York Knicks front office.
That raises all sorts of interesting questions — such as will his mythical ability to get people to do what he wants and make them think it is their own idea extend to James Dolan? — but it appears it is close to happening according to multiple reports, including Chris Broussard at ESPN.
However the biggest question is: What does Carmelo Anthony think of all this?
He hasn’t been consulted, he told the New York Post.
“I don’t even know what’s going on with that,’’ Anthony said late Saturday night after the Knicks beat the Cavaliers for their third straight win. “Nobody came to me about that. Until that time comes, I’m not going to know what’s going on.
“It’s hard to say at this particular moment. If anything, it’s not going to be right now. I’m pretty sure they’d try to wait for the offseason and then we’ll deal with all that stuff.’’
The odds that the Knicks are making this move without at least having a conversation with the Anthony camp is small… well, this is the Knicks so who knows. He should have been consulted, or at least informed, that’s what you do with the guy who is the face of the franchise. Particularly if you are trying to re-sign him this summer.
Jackson with the Knicks should help give the franchise some kind of plan — they are not just going to assemble parts but their will be a plan. A new coach and over a couple years a change out of players to fit with whatever that plan turns out to be.
Will Carmelo Anthony be part of that plan? Honestly, the Knicks rebuilding may go faster without him even if it means next season is even more painful. But Dolan has made re-signing Anthony a priority and what the superstar has said all along is he sees the Knicks as his “first priority” if they can show they have a plan. Jackson is now that plan. Is that enough for Anthony?
Things are about to get even more interesting for a Knicks team that regardless of who is running the show is just not going to be terribly good next season on the court.
The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.
Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.
At least they’re having fun with it.
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.
Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”
Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.
For two decades, Kobe Bryant saw everyone and everything as an obstacle to overcome: The Pacers, Sixers, Nets, Magic, Celtics, Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, Smush Parker, a torn Achilles. It didn’t matter. Kobe’s work ethic and drive had him rising above it all.
His focus hasn’t changed now. Kobe was on the Jim Rome show, and the topic of the new-look Warriors with Kevin Durant came up, along with the “woe is me” attitude of some players (and plenty of owners and GMs).
“I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, ‘That’s unfair,'” he said. “If you’re a real competitor, you look at that and say, ‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go. I don’t care how many players you have over there; we’re still going to take you down.'”
Easier said than done to make that happen, but that attitude is the only one to have if you think you have a chance. You can be sure LeBron James is thinking that way and telling his Cavaliers teammates the same.
We’re going to miss Kobe.