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Phil Jackson rips Andrea Bargnani: “AB was and still is a big tease”


Throughout his first full season as president of the Knicks, Phil Jackson gave ESPN.com’s Charley Rosen significant behind-the-scenes access and insight to his thought process, which has culminated in an after-the-fact series of pieces telling the story of the season from Jackson’s perspective. The latest of these was released on Monday, and it featured Jackson’s final assessment of every player on the roster. He had high praise for the likes of Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas.

Andrea Bargnani, on the other hand, didn’t get such a good report card:

“AB was and still is a big tease. When he was injured he refused to do simple non-contact activities like dummy our offense in practice. He seemed to be a malingerer and this had a bad effect on the team, and also on the way the Knicks fans reacted to him. When he was on the court, he had a hard time staying intense, didn’t hustle back in offense-to-defense transition, wasn’t active enough in defending screen-rolls. Still, his offense is perfectly suited to the triangle because he really doesn’t have to work very hard to get shots. He’s another guy we renounced, but whether we can agree on financial terms for his return, or he winds up someplace else, AB will always be somewhat of an enigma.”

Obviously, Jackson made these assessments before free agency played out, and the Knicks didn’t re-sign Bargnani. He’s across town in Brooklyn now. It’s not a surprise to learn that Jackson didn’t think very highly of Bargnani, who has underperformed throughout his career. Before Jackson got to New York, the Knicks gave up a lot to get Bargnani, and the future picks they surrendered have hamstrung his ability to make the team better. All for a trade that was mocked at the time and a player that the Knicks made no effort to re-sign.

It’s hard to imagine too many Knicks fans disagreeing with Jackson’s assessment of Bargnani.

Nick Collison latest Thunder player to go down with injury

Kyle O'Quinn, Nick Collison

On the same day that Kevin Durant was shut down for the foreseeable future due to experiencing continued soreness as he was trying to work his way back from a foot fracture, the Thunder learned that yet another of their players had suffered an injury that will cause him to miss some time.

Nick Collison may seem irrelevant to some, but he’s an important cog overall in the OKC machine. And after suffering an ankle sprain in Friday night’s win over the Hawks, he’s now been ruled out for the rest of the month, and is the latest Thunder player to be unwillingly thrown onto the ever-growing injury pile.

From Randy Renner of InsideThunder.com (via HoopsHype):

Thunder backup forward and first team glue guy Nick Collison will miss “at least 10 days,” with a sprained left ankle according to Thunder head coach Scott Brooks.  “He’ll be out until sometime in April.”

“There’s that saying, if you don’t laugh, you’re gonna cry, sometimes I feel like crying,” Brooks said.

Collison was finishing up one of his best games of the season Friday night against Atlanta when he rolled his left ankle.

“I don’t feel very good right now,” Collison told reporters after OKC’s thrilling win over the Hawks. He left the arena in a walking boot and on crutches.

The Thunder’s net rating is affected by just +0.2 with Collison on the floor compared to when he’s off, so something tells me they’ll survive.

But this just adds to the ridiculous amount of injuries Oklahoma City has experienced this season.

Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman:

Only 6 of 21 OKC players haven’t missed game due to injury this yr: Lance Thomas, Sebastian Telfair, Ish Smith, Waiters, Singler, Augustin.

Is that a lot? It seems like a lot.

The Thunder may very well make the playoffs in spite of all of this, thanks to Phoenix fading and the way the schedule shakes out. But the road to the postseason just got a little tougher with yet another rotation player sidelined due to injury.

Timberwolves waive Jeff Adrien, Wizards waive Glen Rice Jr.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets

Anybody who remained on a roster past 5 p.m. today would have his salary guaranteed for the rest of the season, so several players with unguaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts got their walking papers.

The Knicks waived Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk. The Cavaliers waived A.J. Price. The Clippers traded Jared Cunningham to the 76ers, who waived him.

Add Jeff Adrien and Glen Rice to the list.

Timberwolves release:

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has waived forward Jeff Adrien.

Wizards release:

The Washington Wizards announced today that the team has waived guard Glen Rice.

It’s possible either player, each on a minimum-salary contract, gets claimed on waivers.

Adrien has been reasonably productive in limited minutes for Minnesota this season and for the Bobcats and Bucks last season. Even though they just acquired Timofey Mozgov, the Cavaliers could still use another big man, and dropping Price gives them an open roster spot. Likewise, the Mavericks could use Adrien to hedge if Jermaine O’Neal doesn’t sign with them. The Knicks’ D-League affiliate picked Adrien in its expansion draft, and New York also has roster vacancies.

I’m a little surprised Rice, the No. 35 pick in 2013, has fallen so quickly. His chance to impress was with Bradley Beal injured, but Rice failed to capitalize. Still, he has raw talent and shooting ability that a rebuilding team might take a flyer on.

Little changes for the Timberwolves beyond saving a little money the rest of the season. Do the Wizards reach out to Ray Allen again? Even if he might retire, no harm in asking.

If you’re a Comcast subscriber in Washington, you can stream tonight’s Wizards-Knicks game here.