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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 ESPNNewYork.com.

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 Deadspin.com, 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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End of Linsanity? Knicks announce Jeremy Lin to undergo surgery 03.31.12 at 6:27 pm ET
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The New York Knicks announced (via twitter) that point guard Jeremy Lin will be sidelined for approximately six weeks “after an MRI revealed [a] small chronic meniscus tear.”

“I want to be out there helping the team. It’s a six-week rehab process but I heal quickly so we’ll see,” Lin told reporters.

Lin is averaging 14.6 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 turnovers per game in 35 games in which he’s averaged 27 minutes a night for the Knicks. Of course, since becoming a regular in the Knicks rotation, he has higher numbers across the board, including 18.5 points a night in his last 26 games. Still, the 23-year-old has been limited by the injury, and had not played since March 24.

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Jeremy Lin: For several teams, emerging star the one who got away 02.11.12 at 2:22 pm ET
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Harvard grad Jeremy Lin came off the bench and led the New York Knicks to a 99-92 victory over the Nets at Madison Square Garden last Saturday night. On Wednesday night, he led the Knicks with 28 points and 10 assists over the Washington Wizards in his first start, and he has since inspired the viral spread of Linsanity that is sweeping the nation.

Today, several teams that could have had Lin are regretting their decisions. For the Lakers, against whom Lin scored 38 on Friday to lead the Knicks to a 92-85 win, the point guard was there for the taking.

“I knew who [Lin] was because when he was floating out there, I know Mitch had some interest in him and he brought his name up to me,” Lakers Coach Mike Brown told the Los Angeles Times, referring to General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

When the Lakers passed on Lin, he went to Houston. After a short stay there, he was released and signed over to New York, something that has inspired profound regret in Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Morey now is on the Lin bandwagon, while noting his regret that Houston is among the 29 teams that missed an opportunity to acquire a player who has emerged as a phenomenon.

Morey tweeted: We should have kept [Lin]. Did not know he was this good. Anyone who says they knew misleading U.

In a separate tweet, he said: Finally, really happy for [Lin.] Very hard working, nice, & humble. He has a great, great future.

Even Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob expressed his regret during a radio interview at KNBR in San Francisco.

“I would be lying if I thought ‘€¦ he’d be this good [and] all of a sudden explode on the scene,” Lacob said, according to the New York Post. “It’s a great, perfect situation where he got an amazing opportunity. None of the other guards in New York were playing well. So I give him all the credit in the world, and obviously we wish we had him.”

Lin’s overnight success has awed fans everywhere while leaving those who passed up on him embarrassed.

Of course, the Knicks nearly lost their shot at the point guard as well. As the New York Times documents: Read the rest of this entry »

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Knicks name former Hawks coach Mike Woodson as defensive assistant 08.29.11 at 1:23 pm ET
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The Knicks will announce Mike Woodson as the new defensive assistant to Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. Woodson, a former Knicks draft pick, was part of the Pistons coaching staff during their 2003-04 championship run, then coached the Hawks from 2004-10.

The Knicks had wanted Woodson for the job since an Aug. 1 meeting in New York with D’Antoni.

“I was extremely encouraged after meeting with Mike that he would be a great addition to our coaching staff and we are pleased to welcome him back to New York,” D’Antoni said in a statement.

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