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Is this war between Jackson and Dolan?

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Here's what Phil Jackson had to say about a New York Daily News report that stated he and owner James Dolan have been embroiled in a disagreement over personnel decisions. "As far as Jim Dolan's promise or his premise when I took this job that's he's going to leave basketball decisions up to me, really, he's been loyal to that promise," Jackson said. If you take Jackson at his word, then...
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Phil seems ready to play hardball with Melo

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Phil Jackson sounded like an executive who's ready to take a hard stance in negotiations with Carmelo Anthony.The new Knicks president made two things clear about Carmelo in his end-of-season chat with reporters Wednesday: 1. He'd like to see Anthony take less than maximum money to re-sign with the Knicks. 2. He's not losing any sleep over the idea that the Knicks may lose Anthony to another...
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Should Phil expand his coaching search?

ESPN (Ian Begley) — If you’re the New York Knicks, here are your immediate options for head coach: Steve Kerr, who is a fine choice, is your leading candidate. The other candidates include Phil Jackson disciples such as Bill Cartwright, Kurt Rambis and Jim Cleamons. So, if for some reason things don’t work out with Kerr, the Knicks wouldn’t be left with what you’d call a Murderers' Row of...
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Three reasons Phil should coach Knicks

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Phil Jackson has addressed the idea of coaching the Knicks twice since taking over as president. In an interview with TMZ, Jackson was asked if it would be better for the Knicks if he were on the sideline as opposed to in the front office. "Probably so, but I can't do it,” he said. “Not [because it's] part of the contract, [but because] it's part of my physical capabilities."In...
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The Take 'Em or Trash 'Em results are in!

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Knicks fans are an opinionated bunch. And they don’t always agree on everything. But the fans who voted on ESPNNewYork’s Take ‘Em/Trash ‘Em poll were nearly unanimous when it came to one thing: almost everyone wanted Mike Woodson fired. Eight-five percent of the 9,688 readers who voted in the poll wanted to see Woodson fired. And they got their wish on Monday morning,...
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Analysis: How the Knicks fit into a triangle

ESPN (Ohm Youngmisuk) — TORONTO -- The Mike Woodson era is over. The triangle era is nearly upon us. On the day he was hired as the New York Knicks' president, Phil Jackson made it no secret he wants to see the team play system basketball. Unfortunately for the franchise, the Zen Master says he’s not entertaining any thoughts about returning to the bench. But it makes all the sense in the world to hire one of...
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Can Ex-Jet Tannenbaum help land Kerr?

ESPN (Ian Begley) — What does an ex-Jets GM have to do with the Knicks coaching search?Good question. Here’s the answer: Ex-Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum works for the sports agency that represents Steve Kerr, the presumptive favorite to land the Knicks’ head coaching job. Tannenbaum joined Chicago-based agency Priority Sports after being let go by the Jets following the 2012 season.His role is to oversee...
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Woodson ready to turn page after firing

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Mike Woodson wasn’t feeling too nostalgic on Monday morning after learning he'd been fired as Knicks head coach. In fact, he was ready to turn the page pretty quickly. "I'm fine,” Woodson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Monday morning while cleaning out his office. “I have been doing this a long time. I'm good, really good. It's time to move on."Woodson couldn’t...
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Kerr offers his sympathies to Woody

ESPN (Ian Begley) — It sounds as if Steve Kerr is ready to take over as Knicks head coach.But before he does, Kerr wants to offer his sympathies to departed head coach Mike Woodson. Kerr said on his Sirius XM NBA show on Monday that the Knicks’ struggles this season were "circumstantial" and largely out of Woodson’s control. “This is the NBA. Coaches basically know when they go in that they are...
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J.R. on Woody: 'He did a good job with me'

ESPN (Ian Begley) — J.R. Smith knew this day was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier to digest. "It is sad,” Smith told ESPN’s Josina Anderson when asked about Mike Woodson’s firing. “He was great to me. I think I got a fair shake for the first time in a while under him. He treated me how he wanted to be treated. It sucks, but there is nothing I can do about it."I think he did...
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New film should be required for new Knicks

ESPN (Mark Simon) — Phil Jackson is known for giving homework assignments to his players and staff both during the season and in the offseason.Don’t be surprised if a viewing of “When the Garden was Eden” is on the list for whatever newcomers come to town in 2014.Michael Rapaport’s film, based on the book by New York Times writer Harvey Araton debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film...
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Who's next to coach the Knicks?

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Phil Jackson fired Mike Woodson on Monday. Now he has to turn his attention to the Knicks' next coach. Aside from dealing with Carmelo Anthony’s free agency, this is one of Jackson’s biggest decisions of the offseason. Below, we handicap the field: Steve Kerr: 2/1Ian Begley breaks down the candidates:  Kerr has long been viewed as the leader in the clubhouse to replace...
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Jackson upset with Knicks' conditioning?

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Last week, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson told his players to expect personnel changes this summer. Apparently, Jackson also expects the returning players to be in better shape next season. According to an NBA source, Jackson has talked recently about his disappointment in some of the Knicks’ conditioning -- or lack thereof -- this year. New York got off to a slow start this...
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Does new cap make it easier for Melo to go?

ESPN (Ian Begley) — If the NBA’s salary projections hold true, the Knicks may be facing slightly stiffer competition this summer in trying to re-sign Carmelo Anthony. The NBA has informed teams that it is projecting a rise in the salary cap of nearly $5 million for next season, sources familiar with the forecasts told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Sources told Stein that all 30 teams were told this week to...
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Phil to Knicks: Personnel changes coming

ESPN (Ian Begley) — Knicks president Phil Jackson and owner James Dolan addressed the Knicks after their final game on Wednesday, a Knicks player confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com. While Jackson commended the team for its effort and complimented coach Mike Woodson, he made it clear that there would be personnel changes this summer, the player said.“He credited Woody," said the player. "But he also said that...
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