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Carmelo Anthony says ‘the front office stepped up,’ Knicks now a contender 07.19.16 at 12:38 pm ET
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Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Speaking publicly on Monday for the first time since Knicks president Phil Jackson made a series of roster moves, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony applauded the front office and was hopeful about the team’s chances of being a contender in the Eastern Conference.

“The front office stepped up,” said Anthony, an 11-time All-Star who has been a Knick since 2011. “It was a collective effort. They did their job and they did what they had to do to make some moves and make things happen. They put us in a situation to give us an opportunity. All we have to do is take advantage of that.”

“I think we have a good opportunity to do some things this year. It’s all about what we do. It’s all about us now. It’s all about how we come together, how we jell together. For the most part, the pieces are there, so it’s up to us.”

The Knicks, who have not had a winning season since they won 54 games in 2012-13, were able to trade for point guard Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls the night before the NBA draft. Jackson and the front office brass then had the cap space to sign Rose’s teammate Joakim Noah, swingman Courtney Lee and point guard Brandon Jennings.

Although Anthony believes the Knicks “have a very special team on paper,” there are plenty of red flags. Noah and Lee are 31 and 30, respectively. Jennings, once a top young star in the league, averaged seven points per game with Orlando last season. And Rose, the 2011 league MVP, is 27 years old and injury-prone. He has not played more than 70 games since that MVP year.

Despite the injury concerns with Rose, Anthony said he is not worried about the point guard’s health.

“As far as injuries go, it happens,” Anthony said. “But I think sometimes you just need a breath of fresh air, in Derrick’s case. I talked to him maybe once or twice, but he’s locked in right now. He’s focused. I’m hearing he’s healthy.

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Knicks F Carmelo Anthony makes case for team to sign Rajon Rondo 03.08.16 at 8:57 am ET
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Carmelo Anthony

The Knicks have gone from bad to worse this season, and that is largely due to the lack of a supporting cast surrounding star forward Carmelo Anthony. The upcoming offseason will give team president Phil Jackson a chance to make a splash in free agency and make the Knicks a well-rounded team for the first time in years.

Anthony said Monday that he feels former Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo would be a perfect target for the Knicks to pursue.

“I think Rondo — just me personally, I don’t want to be tampering — but I’ve heard he said he wouldn’t thrive in a system like this,” Anthony said. “I think he’d be perfect in a system like this.”

While some feel pass-first point guards like Rondo wouldn’t fit in the Knicks’ triangle offense, Anthony disagreed with such logic.

“It is a misconception about that. Some of the keys of our offense is penetration, getting in the paint,” Anthony said. “Pushing the pace, transition. Creating in the paint for bigs, for yourself, everybody else. I think a point guard would love that. Especially a point guard who can penetrate, create for yourself, create for others. I think it’s a perfect opportunity for him.”

Many stars in the NBA today are used as recruiting tools for their teams when it comes to free agency. While Anthony has yet to have this type of role with the Knicks, it seems that may be changing in the near future.

“I don’t really have a choice. If we want this team to be better, if we want more pieces of this team, I don’t have a choice but to go out there and do my job and try to get people to come,” Anthony said. “And for them to see it from my perspective than anybody else’s perspective. See it from a player’s perspective.”

The 30-year-old Rondo is having a resurgence with the Kings this season, averaging 11.9 points per game to go with 12 assists and 6.2 rebounds.

With a deep and talented free agent class is set to hit the market this summer, Anthony should have an opportunity to make a real impact, whether it results in the team signing Rondo or any other player of his caliber.

“Put me at the head of the [meeting] table,” said Anthony. “And let’s go to work.”

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Knicks begin search for next coach after firing Derek Fisher 02.09.16 at 9:58 am ET
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Derek Fisher

Knicks president Phil Jackson decided to cut ties with coach Derek Fisher on Monday. The firing took place after Fisher led the team to a mark of 23-31 this season and an abysmal 17-65 record last season. The Knicks have lost nine of their last 10 games.

Former Lakers and Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis will step in as interim coach for the remainder of the season. While he will have a chance to earn the head coaching position, there are a number of outside candidates the Knicks may be taking a hard look at.

One name that is thrown around with just about every coaching vacancy in the NBA is former Celtics assistant and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. There’s also former Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, whom Jackson reportedly preferred over Fisher but could not hire because Shaw already had a job at the time.

Perhaps the most intriguing name on the list is Warriors assistant Luke Walton. The incredible job the 35-year-old did filling in for Steve Kerr this season has not gone unnoticed, and he almost certainly will be getting head coaching offers in the near future. One report indicated the Lakers would be willing to fire coach Byron Scott so they could hire Walton.

Walton and Fisher both played for Jackson with the Lakers, while Shaw and Rambis were assistant coaches under Jackson.

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Phil Jackson: ‘[Knicks] not ready for primetime’ following 24-point loss 10.30.14 at 9:21 am ET
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The Knicks did not get off to a good start to the season, falling 104-80 to the Bulls Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Knicks president Phil Jackson wasn’t impressed with the performance.

“Not ready for showtime, were we guys?” Jackson told reporters after the game before getting into his SUV.

The 24-point spread wasn’t indicative of just how bad the game was for the Knicks as they trailed by 35 points at one point in the second half. This is Jackson’s first full season as Knicks president.

“I can’t say how long it’s going to take,” Jackson said when asked how long it would take for the Knicks to be competitive this season.

He did add he expected the team to struggle in its season-opener: “Sure did,” he said.

Jackson was hired last March and is looking to turn the Knicks around after they did not make the playoffs last year, finishing with a 37-45 record.

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New Knicks coach Derek Fisher: Focused on ‘bringing a championship back to New York’ 06.10.14 at 1:59 pm ET
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It’s official: Derek Fisher is the new coach of the Knicks.

The 18-year NBA veteran was introduced as the 26th head coach in team history Tuesday at a news conference at the team’s training facility. The hiring reunites Fisher with Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached Fisher while with the Lakers.

The pair won five championships together in Los Angeles. Now they hope to bring that same magic to a New York franchise that hasn’t won a title in 41 years.

“I’m excited to embark on the next phase of my basketball career and look forward to coaching a Knicks team that fans can be proud of,” the 39-year-old Fisher said in a statement Tuesday morning. “It’s an honor to work alongside Phil Jackson, who is both a legend and friend, as we strive together to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship back to New York.”

Jackson expects he and Fisher to work just as well together as they did with the Lakers.

“Today marks the next step of this journey for the New York Knicks franchise as we name Derek to lead the team as its head coach,” Jackson said. “Our relationship began 15 years ago, and over time, it has come clear to me that he and I can form a great partnership once again.”

The terms of Fisher’s deal were not announced. Yahoo! Sports reported the contract was worth $25 million over five years.

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Derek Fisher reportedly agrees to coach Knicks at 9:07 am ET
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Derek Fisher played his last NBA game this season, but isn’t ready to leave basketball just yet.

The 18-year veteran has agreed to become the next coach of the Knicks and will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday morning, according to multiple reports.

Yahoo! Sports reported that Fisher’s deal is worth $25 million over five years.

Fisher, 39, was hired by Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached Fisher with the Lakers. The pair won five NBA titles together.

Fisher, who spent last season with the Thunder, was believed to be next on Jackson’s list of candidates after Steve Kerr accepted an offer from Golden State.

Fisher has no coaching experience, but he is familiar with the triangle offense and is said to be comfortable with Jackson mentoring him. Jackson also interviewed Rick Fox, Luke Walton, Mike Dunleavy and Bill Cartwright.

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Report: Knicks will not match offer sheet for Jeremy Lin 07.17.12 at 5:06 pm ET
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“Linsanity” appears have shifted to from the Big Apple to Space City, as Jeremy Lin will reportedly play next season with the Rockets according to New York Times NBA writer Howard Beck. The Knicks, who had until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday to match the Rockets’€™ three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet to Lin, have reportedly elected not to match.

The ultimate cost of the deal down the road dissuaded the Knicks from matching, as the deal would have resulted in serious luxury tax penalties. The Rockets’€™ offer includes a third-year balloon payment of $14.9 million, which would have cost the Knicks $35 million or more in luxury tax penalties had New York matched the offer sheet.

There had been hints that the Knicks would not match the offer for Lin, as the team acquired Raymond Felton earlier in the week and had previously acquired Jason Kidd. However, there had still been a chance that the Knicks held on to all three guards.

Lin, who averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists in 26.9 minutes per game in his 35 appearances last season with New York, had captured the hearts of New York with his surprise explosion onto the NBA scene last year.

Now that the Harvard grad has joined the Rockets, it makes it more difficult for Houston to acquire Dwight Howard as it will not have much more cap space to make a deal for a player of his salary.

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Marcus Camby, Knicks reportedly have ‘very positive’ meeting 07.09.12 at 11:10 am ET
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Veteran free agent center Marcus Camby had a “very positive” meeting with the Knicks on Sunday in Houston, reports

New York has had discussions with the Rockets about Camby, as well as the Mavericks about a sign-and-trade for free agent Jason Kidd, who agreed to join the Knicks earlier this week, sources told ESPN.

The Knicks are said to be hoping to make a sign-and-trade deal for either Kidd or Camby and use their $3.09 million mid-level exception to sign the other. The Knicks likely will send out Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan, Dan Gadzuric, a future second-round draft pick and possibly cash to cover Douglas’ 2012-13 salary. The contracts for Jordan and Gadzuric are not guaranteed.

Camby, a Hartford native and former UMass star, played three seasons with the Knicks, from 1999-2002, including starting at center in the 1999 NBA finals in place of the injured Patrick Ewing. Now 37, Camby still is an effective rebounder and shot-blocker, averaging 9.0 boards and 1.4 blocks in 23 minutes per game for Portland and Houston last season.

Other teams reportedly in the mix for Camby include the Nets, Mavericks, Heat and Spurs.

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Report: NBA will investigate Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire for homosexual slur to fan on Twitter 06.25.12 at 12:16 pm ET
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One week after both Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields received NBA Social Media awards, sources told the New York Post that the NBA plans to investigate the authenticity of a homosexual slur recently tweeted by their Knicks teammate Amar’€™e Stoudemire.

After receiving a harshly worded tweet from a fan telling him he needed to step it up next season, Stoudemire allegedly sent a direct message to the fan calling him a homosexual slur.

“You better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season, dead[butt],” the fan tweeted.

Stoudemire’€™s alleged reply was: ‘€œ[Expletive] you. I don’€™t have to do anything [slur].’€™’€™

The fan forwarded the photo of the tweets to, which later reported that Stoudemire ultimately apologized to the fan, though only after the story had been published.

‘€œI apologize for what I said earlier,’€ Stoudemire allegedly messaged. ‘€œI just got off the plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No excuses. Won’€™t happen again.’€

Stoudemire’s spokesperson did not return several messages from the Post seeking comment on whether Stoudemire actually sent the message.

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Jeremy Lin’s agent ‘not going to assume’ he will be back with Knicks 05.21.12 at 8:55 pm ET
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Jeremy Lin might not be back with the Knicks next year.

The Knicks point guard is a restricted free agent this offseason, and after a breakout season, Lin has the opportunity to see the contract offers he can get from other teams. However, thanks to a clause in the CBA, New York can match any offer made to Lin.

‘€œWe don’t have assurances of anything,” Lin’s agent, Roger Montgomery, said in an interview with the New York Post. “I know history shows most restricted free agents go back to their team, but I’m not going to assume anything. We’re waiting to see what happens.”

This statement comes after Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Lin would ‘€œabsolutely’€ be back with the team next year.

Lin’€™s contract situation is complicated due to the ongoing dispute of whether Lin, Steve Novak, J.J. Hickson and Chauncey Billups should be able to re-sign with their teams by using the Bird or early Bird exceptions to the salary cap.

If the Knicks cannot use their Bird rights on Lin, the Knicks are still expected to sign him. However, the team would have difficulty also signing Novak, who led the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage.

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