Allan Houston observes NBA Draft workout in Santa Monica

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Though the NBA playoffs are still going on, that doesn’t mean staffers from those already eliminated can afford to take days off. In the weeks ahead, scouting efforts are likely to be amped up in anticipation of next month’s NBA Draft.

And while the Knicks do not own a first-round pick, there’s still work to be done. With Phil Jackson looking to put his own stamp on the squad, potential trades are certainly a possibility.

Perhaps with that in mind, Knicks’ Assistant General Manager Allan Houston was included in the multitude of executives who traveled out to Santa Monica to take in a workout featuring a handful of prospective draftees currently represented by BDA Sports (Eric Pincus, May 23).

Likely first-round picks Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon headlined the workout, but also sprinkled in among the small group were some potential second round choices, and perhaps even a diamond in the rough or two worth keeping an eye on and experimenting with heading into NBA Summer League.

It should also be noted that Houston will serve as General Manager for the D-League affiliated Westchester Knicks during the upcoming season as well. Without as many assets as the team would like, the Knicks will need to continue getting creative in their quest to reel in worthwhile talent. Taking a chance on a few young guns, while observing them closely in the minor league, is one way to explore doing so.

In addition to getting a closer look at some potential draftees, the workout represented quite a large gathering of executives from across the league. If nothing else, it’s an excellent opportunity for them all to network.

Also on hand, according to Pincus, was Mike Dunleavy. The longtime NBA coach is a self-proclaimed candidate for the Knicks’ head coaching job after meeting with Jackson last week. Perhaps he and Houston also had a chance to talk hoops out in Santa Monica.




45 comments
KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Allan Houston't thoughts at Draft Workout " This is like going to Prom with no date "

bigdishing
bigdishing

Question: Does Phil Jackson do anything but take people out to dinner? 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

If these rumors about Thibs are true....you gotta make a move there.

hashburry
hashburry

Allan Houston's contract extension was the beginning of the end for the Knicks.  He should be banished

knick4life
knick4life

Looks like Thibs is interested in a return to NY per Bucher. F the Triangle that should be Phil's first option.

knick4life
knick4life

Glad to know the Knicks have an imaginary 2nd round pick. Fact checking at its finest.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Rick Fox would Coach Knicks:



"I'm hoping -- I keep saying to Phil Jackson -- he needs to coach the team. He's the best guy for it. He's the holy grail of coaches,” Fox said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “If he needed my support in some way, it'd be hard to turn him down. Or if he needed me to step in and do the job myself, I'd definitely welcome that."

Fox played under Jackson in Los Angeles and won three titles with him. The two dined in Manhattan last week, though it is unclear what they spoke about. Fox is currently an analyst for NBA TV and has never coached before. 

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@SheSaidSpikeWho Sorry to belabor Woody but the man had Shump in a deep depression. I felt sorry for him on many occasions getting publicly embarrassed and scolded like a naughty child on the regular. I thought Woody was gonna take out the white belt any minute. lol

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@VerySilentJay What do you like about Thibs? A lot of fans seem to want him but I can't get into him and I'm just curious about what the attraction is.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

Wrong. The way Clyde was treated, followed up by the embarassing treatment Pat received were the initial omens.

Karma's a b!tch, if you believe in it. 

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

No reason Thibs couldn't run the Triangle either. Let Thibs focus on defense and motivation day to day. Phil can implement the Triangle during training camp . Once it's learned it's. Self regulating offense. I'm sure Thibs could pick it up and Phil could check in with him and the team through the season to make adjustments and tweaks and run some offensive practices when things need to be fine tuned. Defense was our bigger problem last yr anyways.

hashburry
hashburry

@knick4life None of the bloggers on these SNY amateur hour sites ever let facts get in the way.  

I just read in the post the list of likely destinations for Kevin Love.  They listed the Knicks as 8th, and they were only on the list because the Knicks proclaimed themselves in the hunt.  The part of the story that killed me was the listing of what the Knicks gave up for Melo.  Not to rehash it, but seeing everything they gave up, it just reminded me of what an idiot Dolan really is.

knick4life
knick4life

Fox just said "he "was interested in the job. Knicks have been pretty tight lipped about their intentions.

jax13
jax13

Check bleacher report, ric bucher reported that Thibs would only be interested in going to knicks if he took another job.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@knicksgirl35 @VerySilentJay He was an assistant coach for the Knicks during the "glory" years, I believe he was an assistant for Doc in Boston during the championship run (could be wrong), and he is a no nonsense kind of guy that gets the best out of his players when the odds are not in their favor. With that said, he drives his players into the ground and has been criticized for lack of offensive creativity (although, what scorers do the bulls have?)

cj1786
cj1786

Everything they gave up for Melo? Like what? Felton?

I mean looking back the Knicks gave up a lot in terms of quantity, but not really much in terms if quality. The only thing that sucks now is that they don't have their draft pick this year and it ended up being a lottery pick. But the reason it's a lottery pick is a result of the moves subsequent to the Melo trade. The trade for Carmelo itself wasn't a bad deal at all.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@pezhao Christ, he's done nothing yet and he's already getting crap from fans,

Give the man a break and the proper time to work.

It's the offseason for us.

Get a grip.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Your pessimism is really unattractive and even your predictions are ridiculous. So every team is supposed to win a title the first year they get a bunch of new players? The only team I know that did this were the 2008 Celtics. Miami didn't win a title their first yr. lakers didn't win one when they first got Shaq and Kobe and they didn't win one right away when they traded for Gasol either. If you seriously are gonna think Phil will be making excuses in 2015 cause it's a new team then YOUR expectations are too high. My prediction would be that 2016 is the target yr for this team. 2015 if we reload will be a leaning yr. read 11 rings. Every championship team Phil coached had to take tier pumps to learn how to win.

jax13
jax13

No prob. I don't think there is much to it. Bulls would never let him come to knicks without doc rivers-like compensation.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@SheSaidSpikeWho Thanks. I really don't like the running players in the ground part. That's the main reason for my reservations. I also want a fun team to watch so lack of offensive creativity is a no no for me. Experience can be overrated. I mean look at Woody and his famous quote "I'm 30 years in the game." lol

jeandd323
jeandd323

@VerySilentJay @Blaze NYK Accordingto Phil, the triangle is a system. You play defense from offense. There is no such thing as coaching offense and defense. 

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@VerySilentJay @Blaze NYK  Phil cares about The Triangle.  Guarantee you only way a coach like Thibs or JVG is hired is if they sit down with Phil and agree to implement at least some aspects of The Triangle.  We were running sets from it to close out this season.  That is why Phil is considering dudes like Fisher, Fox, former players and guys like Thibs and JVG seem like more long shots.  I personally would prefer Thibs or JVG with an assurance to Phil that they'll run the triangle than an inexperienced coach or a retread like Rambis.  Although I am positive on the idea of Derrick Fisher too.  My order would be…



1.  JVG or Thibs

2.  Fisher

3.  Anyone else

jeandd323
jeandd323

@pezhao @VerySilentJay It is not a vision. You are making stuff up. It is ok to be negative but for the love of mike, do not make a future and tell us it is bleak ! Criticizing  Phil for lack of action would be fair though premature. Being critical of him missing on his number one choice aka Kerr, would also be fair. Not extending his coaching search beyond his cycle of friends would also be fair criticism. Your opinion is not anchored on any facts!

Chris
Chris

@pezhao @VerySilentJay Vision???? Jay is not in the slightest bit retarded, he is one of the most intelligent posters on here, look hard in the mirror

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@pezhao @VerySilentJay "Retarded optimism"....

Read above.

No credibility. At all.


I'm grounded enough to know that a person can't be judged until he actually MAKES MOVES FOR THE TEAM.


Which Phil hasn't done yet.


Once again. Get a grip.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@pezhao @VerySilentJay @Blaze NYK You keep telling yourself whatever you want to give some sort of sense to your argument.


Like I said, once a coach is taken, once trades are made, once players are signed.... That's when you actually make judgments.

Until then, there's nothing to judge on.


Oh, and if you actually read anything, you'd know I never praised Kerr.



VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@pezhao @VerySilentJay @Blaze NYK Once again, your "truth" is absolute fiction, and your moronic insults only rest what little credibiltiy your comments have.

Phil's done nothing yet.

No trades, no draft day moves, no official hirings.

Yet posts like yours are already judging him.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@pezhao @Blaze NYK Apparently, you're the only one complaining for the past couple of weeks.

Glad to see you went back to insults when you run out of arguments.