The Knicks beat the Jazz 108-81 on Friday night in New York.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points. He added eight assists and four rebounds.
J.R. Smith had 17, Tyson Chandler added 16 and Amar’e Stoudemire had 10 points.
Raymond Felton scored just two points, with five assists, in 26 minutes of play.
For the full recap, visit SNY.tv.
The Knicks play Cleveland on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the New York Knicks look to continue their momentum with a second straight victory when they host the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks (22-40) have won their past four meetings with the Jazz, including the last three in New York City. This will be the first of two games these two teams play this season, as New York will travel out to Utah at the end of the month. Entering Friday night’s action, the Knicks sit 5.5 games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 8 seed in the East.
Despite the comparable record, the Jazz (21-40) are all but eliminated from playoff contention. The team is 3-10 against Eastern Conference opponents on the road this season an have lost their past four road contests overall. During its current four-game losing streak, Utah’s margin of defeat has been 15.5 points.
Projected Starters (NYK): Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Amare’ Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler
Projected Starters (UTAH): Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams, Derrick Favors
Larry Brown is a friend and mentor to Mike Woodson, so he understandably will defend him at every opportunity.
When Brown learned that Knicks GM Steve Mills had reached out to Phil Jackson, he didn’t think it was right.
“I spoke to Woody today and why was Phil Jackson talking to them? They got a coach,” Brown, the current SMU and former Knicks coach, told SNY.tv’s The Knicks blog by phone. “Woody’s just going to do his job I’m sure. But that’s not right.
“Woody’s got a relationship with Mr. Dolan, I can’t believe that he’d have done that.”
To read more of this story, click here
Earlier today it was reported General Manager and Vice President Steve Mills and former Lakers and Bulls head coach Phil Jackson had a meeting
. Now, according to reports, some details have emerged about the specifics.
According to the New York Post, the conversation centered around Jackson joining his former club as a member of the team’s front office. Jackson would become the team’s general manager or a consultant in the front office, per the report, though it remains unknown whether Jackson is completely sold on relocating to New York.
5:00 p.m.: An offer has been extended to Jackson, and the team expects a decision next week (New York Daily News, March 7
“I don’t think he wants to live in New York anymore, and he definitely would be leery of working for (James) Dolan,’’ the source told The Post.
Previously, Jackson told USA TODAY he has no intentions of coaching again “for damned sure.”
“I don’t want to be on the sidelines,” Jackson says with a grin as he heads for the elevator and disappears yet again. “That’s for damned sure.”
Knicks GM Steve Mills met with Phil Jackson about becoming the next coach of the Knicks (Smith, March 7).
Jackson told Mills he was not interested, according to reports.
There’s actually two things here that trouble me. The first is that Mike Woodson is still the coach of the New York Knicks. If Steve Mills is actively out shopping for coaches without firing his current coach, it’s like he’s trying to have everything his way. If you want to shop for a coach mid-season that’s fine, but fire your current coach and name an interim coach first. It’s completely unfair to Woodson to have a story like this surface.
The second thing that gets me about this story is the reaction of Phil Jackson. Jackson knows what he’s doing and whether he’s interested in the job or not, he understands that Woodson is still the coach. It would be completely unprofessional for him to come out and say that he’s interested in a job that isn’t currently available. Call it professional courtesy to Woodson or call it a genuine non-interest in the team, but Jackson stating that he’s not interested is not a story. It’s what you’d expect from a Hall of Fame coach.
I completely agree with Harris. You have a head coach; you cannot be shopping around for another and — above all — you cannot let the fact that you are get leaked to the public.
Having said that, Phil Jackson might not even admit to the fact he was “interviewing for the position,” and instead I’d suspect he would simply explain the scenario as having a conversation with another basketball mind.
For a second, though, let’s just imagine Jackson coaching in the Garden. A former Knicks player and a proven winner, and like a lot of sports greats probably does get the itch to coach again. Woodson has proven he isn’t the man for the job, and unless the Knicks make a serious, serious run and wind up in the playoffs it appears as if his future is already determined. The hiring of Jackson would bring an energy to New York much like when the team made a splash and acquired Carmelo Anthony. Jackson has always had a superstar to build a team around, and perhaps this is the thinking of Mills as he tries to secure Anthony’s future in New York. It’s a great PR move as well as a basketball move, but again, we cannot get ahead ourselves.
Keep your hands off Melo.
That was Mike Woodson’s message to Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls in the wake of Chris Broussard’s report that Noah tampered with Anthony at the All-Star Game in New Orleans.
“I’m not going to get into all of that,” Woodson said Thursday on ESPN Radio, according to the New York Post. “You know legally nobody can at this point. Melo is still wearing a Knicks uniform, and I hope he stays with the Knicks for the rest of his career. I’ve always said that. So whatever was said between Noah and the Chicago Bulls, that’s on them.”
To read more of this story, click here
When teams are winning, certain things get swept under the rug. Last season, with the Knicks in firm control of the Atlantic Division, the Madison Square Garden media policy would never have been called into question. But with the team sitting at 19 games below .500, things like this start to rise to the top.
Fans are demanding answers and they aren’t getting any response from the Garden.
It has long been understood that getting answers from the front office at Madison Square Garden is no easy task. Beyond that, the messages that flow from the building are carefully controlled and monitored. What the front office is failing to realize is that the lack of communication from the Garden is actually making fans aggravated, to the point that they’re planning formal protests.
Think about that for a moment. Knicks fans have become so frustrated that they are spending their days planning events to try and get noticed by the people that run Madison Square Garden.They want answers. Simple answers. They want a general manager who will come out and answer questions from the media. They want an owner that cares. They want to know that the franchise they love is heading in the right direction.
Madison Square Garden’s media policy has backfired. While they might claim that a tight lipped strategy makes the most sense, I ask, where is the proof? If the media policy is such a good thing for the Garden, then why are so many people pissed off right now? The policy needs to change. Knicks fans want a general manager who will answer questions and an owner that takes responsibility when the team is struggling.
Tyson Chandler has been playing like a grown man this winter, and it’s about time he deserves the recognition.
Chandler notched his fifth double-double in the past eight games last night when he scored 15 points and hauled in 14 rebounds as the Knicks snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 118-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Knicks average 40.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 26th in the league. Chandler is responsible for one-quarter of those boards, and has averaged almost 15 per game since the start of the February.
Chandler has finished with double-digit rebounding totals nine consecutive games, including a season-high 23 against the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 22 and a 22-rebound effort on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls.
During this span, Chandler has also been effective on the offensive end. Chandler has been averaging 11.5 points per game over the past eight contests, 2.0 more points than his season average (9.1 points per game). In the thick of things, he posted a season-high 19 points against the defending champion Miami Heat on Feb. 27. Last night, Chandler dropped a 15-spot against the front-court duo of Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic.
Chris Broussard reported on SportsCenter that over All-Star weekend Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah “recruited” Carmelo Anthony to come to Chicago.
“I’m told that Joakim said to Melo, ‘Look, you could go to Los Angeles. But if you want to win a ring, if you want your legacy to be about winning, come to Chicago,’” Broussard said.
“Melo, I’m told, said, ‘Look, I’ve been watching you guys. I admire how hard you play. I admire how hungry you are. And oh by the way, my son’s favorite player is, Derrick Rose.’ So he was not committal as far as committing to the Bulls but it seems like it may have intrigued him a bit.”
Broussard said the Bulls would have to amnesty Carlos Boozer and could then offer Anthony $15 million a year. If they trade Mike Dunleavy, they could offer Anthony $18 million per year.
Anthony stands to make $129 million over five years with the Knicks, or $96 million over four years with another team.
Anthony admitted to being intrigued by signs in Chicago that read, “Melo to Chicago.”
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.
The New York Knicks snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 118-106 victory on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. At the midway point it looked as if the Knicks were simply going to cruise to their first victory in two weeks, but the second half proved otherwise.
The Knicks (22-40) led 66-55 at the half, but the Minnesota offense behind Ricky Rubio woke up in the third quarter. The point guard scored nine of the team’s 31 points in the frame to outscore New York by nine and cut the deficit to two entering the fourth.
Thanks to Amare’ Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, that rally was put to rest. The front-court tandem engineered the Knicks on a 15-2 run and put together a 30-point quarter to run away with the game and, of course, the win, which snapped a long losing streak and put the Knicks 5.5 games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 8 seed in the East.
“We have to (keep winning),” said Anthony, who scored a game-high 33 points. “We have no choice but to do that.”
All five Knicks starters — including J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler, Stoudemire and Anthony — scored in double figures.
Chandler had a double-double (15 points, 14 rebounds) and the ninth straight double-digit rebounding total. Stat continued his recent offense surge with 18 points, and Felton, who has averaged 6.0 points per game over the past five, broke out with an 18-point, eight-assist night.
“It seems like tonight we really stuck with our game plan and we utilized all of our weapons,” Chandler said.
The win marked the 300th in the coaching career of Mike Woodson and perhaps his decision to keep Felton in the lineup — despite all over the off-the-court drama regarding his weapon possession charges — finally paid off.
“I wasn’t going to take him out of the lineup, but I wanted to make sure that his head was in the right place for playing,” Woodson said. “We just have to continue to help him and get him through this process.”
“Even though I’m dealing with a lot of stuff off the court, I got a lot to play for right now,” Felton said. “I just tried to clear my head tonight, come out and play, and have fun. This is a place where I can come and just be free.”