Report: Phil Jackson’s handling of ‘Melo could hurt Knicks ability to lure free agents

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Rule No. 1, 2, and 3 of free agency is this: It’s all about the money. Players almost always go where they get paid the most. All the other considerations — family, lifestyle, climate, taxes, etc. — are secondary.

The Knicks will have north of $23 million (or more, depending on moves) to spend this summer to bring in free agents. They are expected to be buyers.

But will how Phil Jackson has done Carmelo Anthony this season hurt the Knicks chances? Some agents say yes, according agents who spoke to Ian Begley of ESPN.

Multiple prominent agents said on Tuesday afternoon that the way Jackson has handled Anthony would turn off their clients and others to the idea of signing with Jackson’s Knicks.

For a team that has many holes to fill, that’s a problem.

As stated at the start of this article, some of this is overstated because if the Knicks come in with a bigger offer for free agent X than anyone else, and do it early enough, they will land their man. Jackson’s Tweets only becomes a potential issue if the Knicks are one of multiple suitors in the same financial ballpark, so the player has options (and even then the agent will try to play the teams off each other to get the best deal).

Thing is, the best players tend to have options. And agents certainly have influence.

What becomes more interesting is the direction the Knicks choose to go this summer. In past years they have gone for quicker fixes, trying to put a veteran team around Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis that could win more now and teach the young star how to win. Instead, Porzingis gets to see another season where the losses pile up and there is a lot of drama. Will the Knicks go the quick-fix, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah route again, or will they try to get younger players who are more athletic and can develop on the same timeline as Porzingis? Jackson’s efforts to trade Anthony hint at the latter, but we need to see more.

Stephen Curry’s 32 lead Warriors over Rockets 113-106

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HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

The Warriors scored 37 points in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to their eighth straight victory and 60th this season.

Golden State led by eight after a pair of free throws by Curry with just over three minutes left. Patrick Beverley countered with a tip-in layup for Houston, then was fouled when he was knocked to the ground on a screen by Draymond Green seconds later.

James Harden missed a layup on the next possession before Green added a shot on the other end to put the Warriors up 107-99.

Another layup miss by Harden followed, and Curry made a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to send fans streaming to the exits.

Warriors F James Michael McAdoo leaves game vs. Rockets with head injury (VIDEO)

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There was a scary moment during the matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. During a change of possession, Houston’s Trevor Ariza and and Golden State’s James Michael McAdoo got tangled up and fell together on the floor.

McAdoo was under Ariza and wound up getting his head slammed into the hardwood. He was immediately taken off the floor and sent to the locker room.

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The NBATV broadcast said McAdoo received stitches but did not test positive for a concussion. He is averaging 8.7 minutes, 2.9 points, and 1.7 rebounds per-game for the Warriors.

Jusuf Nurkic trolls Nuggets, tells former team to enjoy their summer (VIDEO)

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Jusuf Nurkic did not enjoy his time as a member of the Denver Nuggets. His trade to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee was a welcome change of scenery.

On Tuesday night, Nurkic got to take on his old team with huge playoff implications at stake. Portland beat the Nuggets, 122-113, moving a game ahead of their rivals in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and giving them the best tiebreaker between the two.

Nurkic was impressive, blasting his old squad with 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting, adding 16 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists.

Nurkic was interviewed in the arena after the game, and he was obviously happy he helped his team while also sticking it to Denver. Speaking with Portland reporter Brooke Olzendam, Nurkic took one last shot at the Nuggets, telling them to enjoy their summer.

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Nurkic quite possibly sent the Nuggets packing for the year with the game at the Moda Center on Tuesday, so he might have been the guy who helped start their summer.

Still, that is ice cold.

James Johnson decimates Marcus Morris with huge one-handed dunk (VIDEO)

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Miami Heat forward James Johnson is one of the NBA’s best in-game dunkers. On Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons, he yammed down a huge one-handed slam that embarrassed Marcus Morris and drew gasps from the crowd at the Palace.

The play came midway through the fourth quarter with Johnson at the top of the key. After a quick pass over to him, Johnson gave a quick hesitation before driving to his left and past his defender.

With the quick step, Johnson’s only remaining opponent at the basket was Morris, who was unfortunate enough to find himself between the high-flying Heat and the rim.

This is what happened next:

Morris was whistled for a foul on the play.