Recap: The Knicks dropped their third straight as they fell 99-91 to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Garden on Friday
Need to know: Langston Galloway continued to be the bright spot for the Knicks as he posted a team-high 20 points on the night. Galloway also recorded four assists and three rebounds in 34:54 minutes on the court.
New York battled back in the second to take the lead briefly, and closed out the half trailing by just three. But they cooled off in the third, and despite picking things up in the fourth it was too little too late.
Lance Thomas added 16 points to the board while Lou Amundson picked up a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 24:43 minutes.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Knicks head to Orlando as they get set for their match up against the Magic on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Knicks welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to New York on Friday night.
The game is scheduled for MSG and ESPN New York.
Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson, Andrea Bargnani, Langston Galloway and Shane Larkin are expected to start.
January 15, 2015 – New York was blitzed by Milwaukee in the opening minutes as the Bucks raced out to a 14-0 lead en route to a 31-13 lead after 12 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks never looked back as they cruised to a wire-to-wire 95-79 victory over the New York Knicks in London, England’s O2 Arena. New York has lost 16-straight and three straight versus the Milwaukee Bucks. New York was paced by Carmelo Anthony’s (first game back since missing six games with a sore left knee) team high 25 points, three rebounds and two assists over 28 minutes. Rookie Travis Wear added 13 points and four rebounds over 21 minutes. Milwaukee was led by O.J. Mayo’s 22 points off the bench. Brandon Knight posted 20 points, six assists and five rebounds over 35 minutes. To read more of this story, click here
Knicks head coach Derek Fisher thinks his squad can turn things around in a big way next season (Post, April 9).
Inspired as the Knicks get set to face the Bucks, who turned a 15-67 disaster season into sixth place in the Eastern Conference this season, Fisher wants more.
“I guess that’s possible but we are not here trying to squeeze in, we are not here trying to go from 15 to 36. That’s just not who we are,” Fisher said. “So it can turn around quickly. It will turn around quickly. But we don’t really have to put a number on it.
“We are 6-21 in games [decided] by six points or less this year. So we lost 21 games on two possessions. So we don’t have go from 15 to 36 next year. We can go from 15 to 63 if we really want to. But that is up to us.”
Starting with the post season. Fisher plans to attend post season games and use it as a learning experience.
“As a coach there’s so much to learn by watching the postseason: How other teams are playing, the type of things they’re doing at the ends of games, strategy and even listening to the coaches during timeouts, the way they’re addressing their team,” Fisher said. “I’ve even thought about how purposeful it could be to actually be present in person in certain environments, especially for me in the Eastern Conference compared to the West.”
Going from 15 wins to 36 may seem optimistic for the abysmal Knicks, but Fisher said keeping things positive is his job.
As a coach there’s so much to learn by watching the postseason: How other teams are playing, the type of things they’re doing at the ends of games, strategy and even listening to the coaches during timeouts, the way they’re addressing their team,” Fisher said. “I’ve even thought about how purposeful it could be to actually be present in person in certain environments, especially for me in the Eastern Conference compared to the West.
Donnie Walsh, Pacers adviser and former Knicks president knows what it’s like to try to sell players on playing in New York: you can’t. So as Phil Jackson looks to convince this year’s free agents to take the court in the Big Apple, Walsh has some words of wisdom (Post, April 10).
“That’s one of the most misunderstood things in the NBA, to be honest with you, that you can talk a veteran NBA player into coming to a city just by sitting down with him, talking to him and offering him the most money,” Walsh said in a radio interview. “These guys know what they want to do. They have their own agendas, and they know whether they want to go to New York or they don’t want to go to New York. And there are a lot that want to go to New York, so it isn’t like there aren’t people out there.
“But if you pick out, let’s say, LeBron James, you don’t know like what he wants to do. If you think you can go up and talk to him for a while and he’s going to come flying down there, that’s not going to happen. They see their careers in certain ways and what they want to do, they want to do.
“I don’t think it’s really up to Phil Jackson to talk them into it. They know if they get the salary they want, they know what New York’s all about, if they want to get into that, a big city like New York and live in it and an exciting city with good fans, then they’re going to do it. If they don’t like that, and not everybody likes that, they’ll go somewhere else.”
Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
During much of Donnie Walsh’s tenure with the Knicks (parts of 2010 and 2011, specifically) the longtime executive wanted to bring home a Big Apple hero and groom Chris Mullin into his replacement as General Manager and/or President.
However, true to (previous) form, James Dolan inferred with a basketball decision, strongly believing that Mullin was not cut out to be an executive. The Hall of Fame forward, who Walsh once signed in the twilight of his playing career to play for the Pacers, was Vice President of the Golden State Warriors from 2004-2009. The team he built once beat the Dallas Mavericks (the number one seed in the West) as the eighth seed, a rather impressive feat, to say the least.
If Walsh had hired Mullin, perhaps there wouldn’t have been such a disconnection with management following his departure, and the Knicks wouldn’t be in the position they’re in today. That, of course, is absolute speculation.
Fast-forward to 2015, and Mullin is being celebrated back at St. John’s University, where he will step up as a first-time head coach this coming fall.
With Phil Jackson running the show, the Knicks already know a thing or two about taking a chance on unproven talent.
Still, Mullin sympathizes with Derek Fisher, who he actually signed to play for Golden State in 2004.
“I do, yes. It’s tough, man. I don’t know if people understand — losing is tough,” he told the New York Post in a recent interview. “It keeps you up. It’s not good for your health, you know? And you start thinking, you can’t get things out of your head. … It’s not good for you. I do have empathy for him.”
Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
Phil Jackson is currently working for the Knicks under a five-year, $60 million contract that he signed last March. Just over a year into things, and the team is putting the finishing touches on what has progressed into the worst season in franchise history.
Following last season’s decline, it didn’t appear as though things couldn’t get any worse. Clearly, that narrative was incorrect. Jackson swapped out Mike Woodson for first-time head coach Derek Fisher, hoping for a new start and a fresh voice in the locker room, but New York has failed once again, this time, to turn things around.
Nevertheless, Jackson’s tenure is going to be a process. His first full season (this season) in town was set to be transitional period, and it has been. The Knicks are hoping to spark something positive following the NBA Draft and this summer’s free agency. Still, there’s a chance the team’s potential summer targets turn their backs on the Knicks, and Jackson subsequently falls flat on his face in his first go-around at recruiting, so to speak.
Knicks’ owner James Dolan appears to have faith. What’s more, he doesn’t believe the status of the Knicks will come to a point where he will need to step in and interfere with Jackson’s plans. While the future may look bleak now, the owner isn’t of the mindset that they’ll continue to decline. He even went as far as saying New York has made “progress” in a recent interview.
If Jackson wants to right the Knicks’ ship once and for all, he must plan on doing it rather quickly. He’s alluded to the fact that he’s likely to step away before his contractual obligation is up on multiple occasions.
The clock is ticking.
Knicks president Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills addressed season ticket holders on their strategy for this upcoming offseason as the Knicks try to bounce back from their record-breaking terrible season. Along with their plans for the draft and free agency, Jackson also mentioned which players he hoped would be sticking around next season (Knicks, April 8).
Jackson and Mills both praised Lou Amundson, Lance Thomas and Langston Galloway for their character on and off the court.
“They brought a lot of joy to us just by watching how they play,” Jackson said. “Great energy, team players, they do a job out there and they all can play defense and they’re two-way players as we say. So, that kind of says in a nutshell about what’s going to happen with this team. That’s the direction we’re looking to go.”
The front office is looking to pull a draft pick and free agents who would fit with those characters already making an impact on the squad.
“On July 1st, we chase free agents that we know are likely to come to this organization and we do that in a way that compliments our draft choice and compliments the team and the way we want to play basketball,” Jackson said.
The full event, which took place at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, aired on MSG Network Wednesday night.