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Phil Jackson introduced as Knicks team president (VIDEO)


These are some highlights of Phil Jackson’s comments at the press conference Tuesday in Manhattan where he was introduced as the president of the New York Knicks.

He focused his comments heavily on team building and culture building in the organization — attracting star talent to New York will never be the issue, what the Knicks have lacked is any kind of consistent structure to support that talent. Particularly in the past decade or so. Jackson looks to change that.

Jackson also talked Carmelo Anthony and how he is part of the future in New York (Anthony can and will opt out of the final year of his contract this summer but could re-sign with the Knicks). Jackson also said the right things about Mike Woodson but in no way committed to keeping him around after this season. Because we all know he will not.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.