Final: Knicks 123 – 76ers 110

The Knicks notched their fourth consecutive victory with a 123-110 defeat of the visiting Philadelphia 76ers.

With their fourth straight win, the Knicks pulled within three of the Atlanta Hawks sitting in the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Without center Tyson Chandler, the Knicks went small and struggled on the boards. Carmelo Anthony led the way with a team-high nine rebounds, while Amare’ Stoudemire and Jeremy Tyler combined for for 11. Despite Chandler not available, Cole Aldrich did not see any playing time.

Four of the Knicks’ starters — Stat, Melo, Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith — scored in double figures, with three scoring more than 20 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points off the bench, one shy of his career high (29). The last time the team had four 20+ scorers was April 17, 2012 when Anthony, Smith, Chandler and Steve Novak accomplished the feat vs. the Boston Celtics.

New York shot 54.3 percent from the floor and 40.6 percent from beyond the arc. The starting five shot a combined 31-of-60 (51.6 percent) from the field, while Smith, Felton and Hardaway combined for a 12-of-22 (54.5 percent) mark from 3.

The 123 points scored Monday night was the highest total of points by the Knicks since a 125-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 24, 2013.


The Knicks travel to T.D. Square Garden to face the Boston Celtics on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.




146 comments
rgm891
rgm891

According to Tommy Dee, Phil has been offered everything he wants. The guy cant say no to this.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

The only thing you can be sure of is that Phil Jackson will get a ton of money if he signs on the dotted line with Dolan.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

AS GOOD AS MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!

PHIL as our GM is a done deal folks . Stop all the usual Knicks worrying.  We have this!  If by chance hell freezes over and you lose any money betting that Phil will be here, you can smack Biggie upside his Helmet until ya feel better. 

(Note: Not responsible for any hand damage though!  This offer only good until a new Knicks GM is announced)

rgm891
rgm891

If PJ does comes I take his judgement on the next head coach. If it is indeed Steve Kerr hooefully he does a better job than GM. I am not sure if he has the charisma to succeed as a coach but I know the system and fundamentals will be at an all time high which is great. What u guys think?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

“He doesn’t want to live in the cold anymore,’’ said Rosen, who lives in the Kingston, N.Y., area. “But when we’ve discussed living in New York, I told him Brooklyn Heights. Hey, it’s not so bad if you have a driver.’’

Indeed, one of the perks the Knicks provide their president and head coaches is a driver. He might want his own pilot, too, so he can jet back to the West Coast.


Chris Smith...you're Up....you can have a job next season in the Knicks organization..... 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

As the Knicks attempt to finalize a deal with Phil Jackson to become a major player in their front office, the Zen Master’s first line of business would be to conduct a coaching search in the offseason.

And one very interesting name has already popped up: Steve Kerr, a sharpshooting guard who played for Jackson when coached the Bulls. The former Suns general manager now works for TNT, but is on record saying he wants to coach next season and his hat was thrown in the ring during ABC’s broadcast of the Bulls-Heat game Sunday.



Monday didn’t become Judgement Day as Jackson and the Knicks were still negotiating financial and job-description details. Both sides want this to work out and the Knicks, according to a source, believe the Hall of Famer should be on board this week. However, the deal is not done. Monday night, owner James Dolan hurriedly left his baseline seat in the first quarter and was gone for nearly a half-hour


nypost.com/2014/03/10/phils-first-fix-jackson-could-start-by-hiring-steve-kerr/

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Frank Isola @FisolaNYDN      

If - that's if - Phil Jackson runs the Knicks don't rule out the team's next coach being...Steve Kerr.


Frank Isola@FisolaNYDN      

A current NBA coach says that Steve Kerr wants to coach and that "he'll be really good. He's smart and he's a good leader."


Wow...Bring in Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant as Steve Kerr's assistants...smh...Bulls Dynasty, winning in their Rival Knicks town...cant make it up. LOL. 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

Knicks know baldy is gone after the season. I think they're playing so hard cause they're auditioning for Mr. PJ. They know he's gpnna bring a real coach here. 

Shump is still sulking but I think he's playing hurt. He doesn't go to the hole like he used to.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

We have to have Phil. He's maybe the only person that can lend credibility to a franchise that has none due to its inept owner. I don't see

Phil making a difference in Xs and Os ( i.e., improving players we have), but I do see him DRAMATICALLY increasing the probability that Melo stays and DRAMATICALLY improving the teams ability to attract quality free agents in 2015. I could see players taking less money to work with/for him.

Dolan needs to view the opportunity to bring a name like Jax as a rare opportunity to begin a process of rehabilitating his image.

tommy2b
tommy2b

Let me know when Jax gets here.

brookdon
brookdon

@NBAFantasy: Darren Collison with 20 Pts through 3 qtrs, which is his eighth straight game in double-figures. Really taking advantage with Crawford out.

LMAO

Sandro
Sandro

So, I am trying to understand this Phil Jackson to the Knicks situation:

The guy the Knicks are hoping can save their organization wants assurances the team’s best player will return, even though said team hasn’t so much as talked to said player about said guy.

Is that it?

rgm891
rgm891

The things we have been craving as Knicks fans is for Dolan to give up power in bball operations and that his ties with the CAA will not as strong with the hiring of the Zen Masta. The media really wants us to fail. I dont understand it.

rgm891
rgm891

According to the daily news his decision was expected yesterday. There must be details of the contract still being discussed like berman suggested.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kneggyknik Yep we ain't going anywhere next year so he can bring in Steve Harvey for all I care. It's about 2015+!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rgm891 If he brings in Kerr then he would hire a veteran coach on the sidelines to help him out.  As long has Kerr is ready to produce by 2015, he's fine with me. 

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

@OLDKNICK  We get the short end of the stick regularly, so him saying no would just be what we're used to, only thing that sucks is the Media bashing that follows pointing fingers and laughing at us...I just think at this point we should hope for the best but prepare for the worst case scenario 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@OLDKNICK Not going to the happen!  Phil is our GM! Bank it!   Even Dolan wouldn't allow this masquerade to go on if Phil wasn't already signed on the dotted line.  Dolan will let this milk for awhile to take away any Nets coverage.

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@MeloStat301  I know its wrong but this made me literally lol:


Chris Smith...you're Up....you can have a job next season in the Knicks organization..... 

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@MeloStat301 I think Steve is very knowledgeable especially from his telecasts. If you wanted Phil Jax as a coach you might get the next best thing: Phil in the front office and basically an extension of himself on the sidelines. Steve knows the triangle offense, he has ran the point before, and he has all the guidance he needs in-house (with Phil). Phil wouldn't even consider him if he didn't have faith.

rgm891
rgm891

At least Jim Dolan is trying to get this done. All I can ask from the guy. Get it done Jim.

zebeto
zebeto

@MeloStat301 ....kerr reminds me of Scotty Brooks from okc ....if he can coach like him , were in luck .

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@MeloStat301  You know what as much as i hate Kerr when he played for the Bulls i think he can be a very good coach and can related to the young players. I view him as a Mark Jackson type coach. He understands the fundamentals of the game he knows the team will have to play defense to win. Im ok with Kerr as coach

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

I like his game but worry about undersized guards. They have short lives in this league

rgm891
rgm891

You think phil is coming biggie?

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro  If I'm not mistaken, Dolan and Melo already had a sitdown (or it was reported at least). I doubt it Dolan told him his horoscope or told him stories about his band.

rgm891
rgm891

Where did u see that info?

rgm891
rgm891

Agreed if PJ believes in him I do also!!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint @OLDKNICKThe only thing that bothers me is that Biggie is now on board saying Phil will come!  

That's some heavy lifting to think even Biggie has stumbled on the broken clock syndrome.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@JayfromtheFix @MeloStat301 O no so am I, I was just refrencing it would be ironic...the guys we couldn't pass in those 90's will be part of a winning culture here...when we can bring guys from our culture in the 90's who I'm sure can produce as well, its all good...I think kerr knows his stuff and would be a fine coach.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rgm891  Cloudy with a chance of....who knows.

In journalism there's certain rules with regards on rumors, especially in sports (area in which I work):


- If there are several rumors, there's definitely substance to the story. Stories always have a root, and it gets distorted along the way because other journalists, without any more info, place their own pov related to the initial root of info. Hence, the details and final outcome are normally up in the air are very much speculation.


- The "close circle" or "those closest to him" line that starts in a tweet ,or newspaper article normally means sh¨T. Why? Because the source isn't strong enough, and, 9 times out of 10, it was someone without much insight (even though he or she is indeed in the individuals' circle. Just because you're in it means you're the closest confidant)


- When the story gains substance and after the initial rumors journalists with credibility post news with new information, matching in more than one aspect, that initial root, it means that the wheels are definitely in motion. For example, Broussard, SAS, and Woj are all reporting that Jax is seriously considering taking on the gig, yet one is saying that Jax isn't close to a decision yet (Woj).



So, will he come? Who knows, but the most certain aspect (especifically in the journailstic sense) is that Jax is definitely interest but isn't sure just yet.  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint Yep and many other GMs that won't want to see Phil come in and make their jobs look too easy.  

That's another reason why Phil needs to be given time to build the team he wants because he may get very little him for other FO that were already tired of him winning rings as a coach and etc.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint LOL  Riley would luv for him to come back and fail miserable but he also knows he made succeed and go after LBJ.  

Kupchak just wants him to go away period and not even be given a chance imo. He still has to look and live with Pringles being the choice over Phil.  How dumb was that? 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Harper was the baddest dude I saw school MJ on the court when he played in Cleveland before his knee injuries.  Man, was he something then! 

Even after all the injuries, he still came back and was very productive.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint Not a chance.  Phil is too smart not to try an Isiah and put all the pressure on himself to produce a contender with our strapped situation next year and risk blowing up the options he would have in year 2. 

He would do better to learn the job first and plan his attack near the end of year 1 or in the off season that year. 

rgm891
rgm891

If this was the nets or even lakers greatest move in history of sports the media would make it out to be. Fvck them is correct.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint LOL I'm double downed all in for Phil will be our GM.  It's a guarantee Folks.  Think about the next steps like a coach and master plan for 2015+ and what to do with Melo.  

Big Chief Triangle is now in the Big Apple.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@thatsagoodpoint We all know he cant dribble or drive in traffic on the basketball court...who knows if he can drive the the nyc streets..its tough out here.

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@thatsagoodpoint @onewhoknix @MeloStat301 Coached by Phil Jax and Popovich. Arguably two of the best to ever do it so I would hope he picked up a few tricks along the way.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@thatsagoodpoint @MeloStat301 True, I know it can be done....its just man...those bulls teams I really couldn't stand them...but Phil being a former knick, delivering a winning culture here, all is forgiven.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Kiyan Carter  Reprots merely said that he wasn't aware of the meeting between the Knicks and Jax.

The leap from that to Melo being unhappy is just beyond me.


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