This game had a weird feel from the start to me. There was an overall lack of energy but amazingly shots were falling everywhere. Lazy Sunday afternoon start.
But by the time it was finished this was one of the best wins of the season. Very chippy, teams battling for positioning and just playing hard.
Without Tyson Chandler you expect the Knicks to play with more pace and they did. There was a ton of isos and Carmelo doing his thing. What was encouraging was Stoudemire who looks relatively healthy… and hungry.
There will be a lot of talk about Melo and him not getting calls. I don’t know what the deal is with that and even Doris Burke was flabbergasted. It is what it is. You have to play through that stuff and rise above.
The Knicks were very good today and that’s encouraging after what was a night off in Cleveland last night.
What a whirlwind few days especially for New York City basketball the epicenter of the Mike D’Antoni situation and the future landing of one Dwight Howard.
Let’s all take a breath.
Make no mistake, there was a time Howard wanted Brooklyn. He wanted out of Orlando. But as Jarrod Rudolph reported in an exclusive one on one interview with Howard that broke last night, Howard had a change of heart and is staying another year in O Town.
Why his agent would allow him to risk another year of not hitting his final major guaranteed contract is a mystery, but that gives major credence to the fact that this was Howard’s decision and one that deserves respect.
But I’m trying to connect the dots as it relates to the reports that Mike D’Antoni requested a Melo for D-Will trade considering that from what I’m gathering Howard was still ultimately deciding his next move yesterday. But it would seem that Knicks intel was sure of Howard’s steps and thus exploring a deal for the Nets PG.
On the coaching front, the Jackson stuff will be hot and heavy and here’s another nugget as it relates to a name that Knicks fans will be hearing about for sure over the next few weeks.
A source close to John Calipari has informed me that as of right now the Kentucky coach has zero interest in leaving Lexington even for a higher paycheck. The source indicated that Calipari is telling his inner circle that he’s committed to Kentucky and that he’s already well secured financially.
Will that change if they win the big dance? Good question.
What a whirlwind few days and, oh wait, isn’t today the trade deadline???
Source: Phil Has "Definite Interest" In Knicks Job
A well-connected league source told me yesterday that Phil Jackson has “definite interest” in the Knicks coaching job, but that it’s “too late in the season” for him to consider coaching this year.
There is also word that Jackson is preparing to have surgery.
I’ve been asked countless times why would Jackson come to New York and put his legacy on the line and deal with owner Jim Dolan. I can’t say that that he will because I don’t know but there is league-wide chatter that Jackson has his sites on finishing his career in New York where he started as a player.
James Dolan has certainly struggled choosing the right mix with the Knicks and had caught a lot of flack for leaving Glen Sather be the entire decade while running the Rangers. Dolan respects Sather’s past championship acumen,which is exactly what Jackson would bring the the table.
Ken Berger of CBS had this important note in January as it related to the situation:
“The feeling is, all Dolan would have to do is ask, and Phil would say yes,” a person connected to the former Lakers coach told me this week.
My intel is telling me the same thing, especially if the Nets land Dwight Howard and steal the spotlight, something Dolan knows can’t happen when the team moves to Brooklyn.
This is something that has been tossed around these parts and yes, as it relates to Phil Jackson, it makes more sense for the Knicks to land a big player. This is going to be another one of those years, fans, strap yourselves in.
Reed has caught the attention of Allan Houston, who I’m told is running this year’s draft coverage for the team before reporting findings to Donnie Walsh.
Reed would fit a need up front. Looks like he has a John Wallace-type frame and length.
Lopez will make $2.9 million next season, and his qualifying offer in 2012-2013 will be $4 million. Certainly seems worth a gamble from the Knicks perspective. If New York could play Lopez 25-30 minutes a night, and then bring Turiaf off the pine for some added defense and energy, it might be recipe for success.
As far as what the Knicks could offer Phoenix, the key part to any deal might the $3 million in cash James Dolan could send to Sarver (assuming that is still allowed under the new CBA). If the Knicks have a small amount of cap space, how about Bill Walker (Phoenix will be losing starting SG Vince Carter) and cash to the Suns in exchange for Lopez? It might make sense for both teams.
Makes sense to me, assuming Sarver and the Suns aren’t still bothered by the D’Antoni divorce…
Rumors swirling about the Knicks talk of selecting Danilo Gallinari. Fans are already booing the pick the Knicks haven’t even selected yet. With countless undesirable draft picks over the years, Knicks fan fear another Fredric Weiss. Gallinari has talent and size but like another other potential pick their move to the NBA cannot be guaranteed. The Knicks have been weak in finding International talent which can transform their game to the NBA. The booing is ringing through the Garden from images of past draft blunders that Knicks fans are still haunted by.