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Smack, Twitter / Oct 21, 2014 / 7:15 pm

Paul George, Flea, Phil Jackson Defend Kobe Bryant Amid Media Scrutiny

Kobe Bryant

It hasn’t been a great past few days for Kobe Bryant. After getting absolutely fooled by a sick crossover from Alec Burks, the Los Angeles Lakers legend awakened to media scrutiny unlike most any he’s faced throughout his 18 years in the NBA on Monday morning. But Mamba’s loyal legion of followers quickly came to his defense, and three more high-profile devotees slammed the press today for portraying Kobe in a negative light: Paul George, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phil Jackson. Read More »

Twitter / Oct 15, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Dennis Rodman Concurs With Phil, Says J.R. Smith Is The New Dennis Rodman

J.R. Smith

When Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson gave an extensive, two-part interview with the New York Post‘s Steve Serby in September, he compared mercurial Knicks wing J.R. Smith to Phil’s former power forward with the Bulls and Bad Boy rebound robot, Dennis Rodman. Now Rodman has chimed in and agrees with the sentiment. Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Oct 13, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Phil Jackson Says Spike Lee “Doesn’t Know Anything About Basketball”

Spike Lee

Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson spoke at the New Yorker festival over the weekend, and — as expected — he had a few interesting things to say about this current Knicks iteration and the triangle offense new coach Derek Fisher is instituting at his behest. More importantly for Knicks fans, the Zen Master brought one of the blue and orange’s biggest fans and MSG regular, Spike Lee, down a peg. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 12, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Carmelo Anthony On Triangle Offense: “It’s An Adjustment”

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony has bought into the long-term vision that Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher have for the New York Knicks. More important than any off-court trust the high-scoring superstar has in his organization’s braintrust, though, is the belief that he is and will be put in the best position to succeed while on it. Anthony has said all the right things as he adjusts to intricacies of the famed triangle offense, and Jackson is adamant the system will bring out the best in his franchise player. But after two preseason games utilizing the triangle, Carmelo doesn’t exactly seem comfortable in his new shoes. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 9, 2014 / 12:15 pm

J.R. Smith Says Learning Triangle Offense “Is Going To Take A Few Months”

J.R. Smith, Derek Fisher

The Knicks have a new coach and a new system in place with Derek Fisher taking over for Mike Woodson this year to help implement the somewhat anachronistic triangle offense — supplanting Woody’s more traditional sets last year. The inchoate nature of triangle for the team was on full display during New York’s 106-86 loss to Boston in their preseason opener last night, and J.R. Smith tells the New York Post‘s Fred Kerber, “It’s going to take some time.” Read More »

NBA / Sep 26, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Report: Phil Jackson Says Knicks Believe They Will Be Playoff Team This Year

Phil Jackson

Optimism and confidence is of utmost importance in sports, and Phil Jackson clearly understands the value of such positive thinking. No doubt hoping to work his Zen Master magic on his team, Jackson said the New York Knicks believe they will be a playoff team this season. Read More »

Smack / Sep 25, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Phil Jackson Says J.R. Smith Might Be “A Little Bit Like Dennis Rodman”

J.R. Smith

Phil Jackson’s ability to forge unity is legendary. Perhaps more influential than his strategic prowess as a coach was Jackson’s unique capacity to mold some of basketball’s biggest personalities into players who put the team ahead ahead of themselves. Jackson’s most challenging and perhaps rewarding project was Dennis Rodman, the basketball savant and rebounding maven who was as notorious for his singular talent as much as his volcanic in-game and off-court attitude. And guess which New York Knick Jackson recently compared to The Worm? That’s right, J.R. Smith. Read More »

Smack / Sep 24, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Phil Jackson Says That The Triangle Will Make Carmelo Anthony A Better Player

Joe Johnson, Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony didn’t make every concession that Phil Jackson wanted him to by opting re-sign with the New York Knicks this summer – a five-year, $124 million contract surely isn’t the discount the Zen Master originally had in mind, for instance. But Jackson insists the two respective faces of New York’s team came to a crucial understanding nonetheless, and it’s one that Anthony supposedly thought up all his own. Read More »

NBA / Sep 24, 2014 / 9:15 am

Phil Jackson Says Kobe Bryant’s Training “Went Beyond” Michael Jordan

Phil Jackson

There aren’t many people in the NBA with the pedigree — both as a player and a coach — of Phil Jackson. The 13-time champion (11 as a coach, an NBA record, and two as a player for the Knicks) took over as president of basketball operations for the Knicks last spring, and since then he’s assumed total control of the basketball end of the franchise (even keeping egomaniac James Dolan at bay). In the first part of a Q&A with Steve Serby of the New York Post, Phil touched on his time as a coach of both Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, offering a unique, and perhaps surprising, perspective when it comes to how both trained. Read More »

Smack / Sep 20, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Tyson Chandler Strongly Refutes Knicks’ Hint That He Was Chemistry Problem

Tyson Chandler

If there’s one thing Phil Jackson’s first six months as president of the New York Knicks has clearly exhibited, it’s that the Zen Master’s mind tricks will be just as prevalent from the front office as they were on the sideline. Even before very publicly manipulating Carmelo Anthony into re-signing with New York for a hometown discount, Jackson had already used his notorious, unapologetic strategy to support the late June trade of Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks. And though Jackson’s pointed comments came and went without much fanfare, Chandler – broadly lauded for his leadership abilities at every stop in his career – made it clear yesterday that he hasn’t forgotten them. Read More »