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Phil Jackson says CAA no longer holds major sway over Knicks


CAA — the Creative Artists Agency, which represents NBA stars such as Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul and a host of others — has long had special sway over the Knicks organization.

If you listen to the scuttlebutt around the league, Andrea Bargnani is a Knick because he is a CAA/Leon Rose client just like ‘Melo (why else would you take on that contract?). Why did the Knicks give a roster spot to Chris Smith, J.R.’s brother? CAA. That’s just the tip of the rumor iceberg.

But the days of CAA holding the power are gone — Phil Jackson has the power now. Jackson himself addressed this directly speaking with Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal.

Knicks fans should rejoice. This — along with keeping owner James Dolan out of basketball decisions — are two keys to turning the franchise around.

Now, it behooves any team president/GM to stay on good terms with agents and agencies, there certainly are ways they can help each other out. But you can’t let it effect your decision making.

The Knicks have the advantage of Phil Jackson being able to be bad cop to GM Steve Mills’ good cop. Mills was brought in as GM in part because of his good relationships with players and agents, with the idea being he could help with the recruiting. He can, just within Jackson’s framework.

By the way, Jackson also shot down the idea of him coaching. Those days are gone.

J.R. Smith fears Mike Woodson getting fired (as he should)

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J.R. Smith was suspended for the New York Knicks’ first five games due to a failed drug test. He delayed getting knee surgery until after signing a new contract. He feuded with Paul Pierce.

And that was just before the season began.

But when Smith returned after his suspension, Woodson immediately gave him big minutes. Heck, Woodson even gave Smith a starting spot.

Since, Smith has threatened Brandon Jennings, complained about the Knicks waiving a non-NBA-caliber player, taken one of the season’s worst shots, untied Dwight Howard’s shoes, untied Shawn Marion’s shoes and gestured toward untying Greg Monroe’s shoes.

Finally, Woodson benched Smith for a game.

Smith said he learned to “be a professional,” but a few days later, he was benched again for being late and complaining about his minutes. Again, Smith returned to the lineup and has received big minutes.

Oh, and he’s played really poorly this season.

Woodson is very good to Smith. If the Knicks fire Woodson, they’d be hard-pressed to find anyone on this planet – unless they make Chris Smith their head coach – who gives Smith such a long leash.

As Smith obviously knows, the Knicks have fallen way short of expectations. They’re 19-30 – on track for their first losing season in four years, reversing their steady improvements since 2010.

Often, that scenario means the coach gets fired. So, it’s no surprise Smith feels this way:

Woodson isn’t beating around the bush anymore, either:

One of those players is Smith, who has produced at his worst levels since he was a 19-year-old rookie. If he wants to help Woodson keep his job, Smith must focus more on the court than he has most of the season.

And you know what? He actually has lately.

In the 11 games since his second benching, Smith is averaging 18.1 points per game, shooting 47 percent from the field and 46 percent on 3-pointers. The Knicks are just 4-7 in that span and have lost their last three, so Smith alone won’t save Woodson’s job.

But credit Smith for backing his coach through his play.

Woodson rewarded Smith with playing time on the assumption Smith would find his way out of his funk, and it might have worked. The coach has made more than his fair share of mistakes this season, but this might be one move he got right.

Now, Woodson must just find some way to get the Knicks’ other veterans to pick up their play for him. He can’t give them all a ton of playing time no matter their faults. There are only so many minutes to go around, and Smith already has a firm grasp on many of them.

Knicks without Felton, World Peace for three games… but they signed Jeremy Tyler

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The New York Knicks are headed to Texas for brutal a three-game road trip — at San Antonio Thursday, a back-to-back against the Spurs, then Dallas on Sunday. Not what a 9-21 team needs to get right.

Just to add to the fun, they will be without Raymond Felton and Metta World Peace, according to new reports.

We’ll let Al Iannazzone of Newsday have the honors.

At the point, this means a lot of Beno Udrih with some support from Toure’ Murry. Also, you may not see World Peace on the court again until mid-January, a couple weeks after his coming knee PRP procedure.

The good news? First and foremost Carmelo Anthony expects to be back Thursday and for the entire road trip. That should give the Knicks’ offense some kind of shape.

In addition, the Knicks made the signing of reserve big man Jeremy Tyler official, reports Newsday. Tyler looked like a guy who would make the Knicks after Summer League (where he played well) but then a broken foot sidelined him for 10 weeks, so he was let go. Now he’s healthy and the Knicks need frontcourt help, so Chris Smith is out (no matter what J.R. thinks) and Tyler is in. The newcomer likely will not see a lot of minutes, but he will get some.

Knicks waive Chris Smith to make way for Jeremy Tyler, J.R. Smith ticked

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This was expected. It was also the smart basketball move.

The Knicks have waived little-used guard who is currently in the D-League Chris Smith — the brother of J.R. Smith — to make way for bringing back Jeremy Tyler. The Knicks need the help along the front line and Chris Smith is frankly of little if any use to this team. He was long seen as a guy signed to make J.R. and CAA (his agents) happy.

So what was J.R.’s reaction to his brother getting waived? To post this on Instagram:

Have fun dealing with this too, Mike Woodson.

Make no mistake, this is the right basketball move. Tyler got a partially guaranteed contract over the summer after he had a strong showing at the Las Vegas Summer League (he averaged 12.8 points on 56.8 percent shooting, plus 6.4 rebounds a game). Then he fractured his foot in workouts to get ready for training camp, had to have surgery and was going to be out 10 weeks or so, giving the Knicks reason to look elsewhere.

Now they need a spark and they may get something from Tyler. They were not going to get it from the younger Smith. BTW, Chris will get his full $490,180 this season, his contract was guaranteed.

Report: Knicks considering re-signing big man Jeremy Tyler

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Jeremy Tyler was originally signed to a partially-guaranteed deal by the Knicks at the beginning of August, following a strong showing at Las Vegas Summer League where he averaged 12.8 points on 56.8 percent shooting, to go along with 6.4 rebounds per contest.

But a foot fracture less than a month later which required surgery and had a timetable of 8-10 weeks for recovery helped New York’s decision to waive him before the season started.

With the team struggling and in need of some active and energetic bodies, the Knicks are reportedly considering re-signing the 6’10” big man to get an immediate boost to the roster.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

The Knicks are plotting an entrance strategy for 6-foot-10 big man Jeremy Tyler, hoping he can give them a youthful spark.

Knicks brass has seriously discussed re-signing Tyler this week to bolster their frontcourt, according to an NBA source. That would take advantage of the four-day break, after Saturday’s 115-100 loss in Toronto, by incorporating him in practice. …

“Nothing’s set in stone,’’ the NBA source said.

The decision to sign Tyler now or wait a couple of weeks will be based at least partly on finances. If the Knicks bring in Tyler now, his contract becomes fully guaranteed for the remainder of the season on Jan. 10. If they wait until Jan. 5, the team will be eligible to sign Tyler to up to two 10-day contracts, before making their final decision and being on the hook for a contract for the rest of the year.

It might depend on how long Carmelo Anthony is out. He’s missed three games with an ankle injury, and while Mike Woodson is hopeful that Anthony will be back in time to make the team’s three-game road trip to Texas on Thursday, there’s been no timetable set and there’s no guarantee that will take place.

An interesting wrinkle in the addition of Tyler is that the Knicks will need to cut someone to add him to the roster. Chris Smith would appear to be the likeliest candidate, except for the fact that he happens to be J.R.’s brother. That might not matter at this point, however, considering that Chris is playing the D-League anyway, and is already guaranteed to be paid the entirety of his $490,180 salary for this season.

The Knicks are at least considering cutting Smith instead of Cole Aldrich, reports Ian Begley of ESPN New York.