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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 »

GIFs, Twitter / Aug 20, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Video: Michael Jordan Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Michael Jordan

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that’s taken the sporting world by storm recently has crossed over and now includes His Airness, Michael Jordan. The GOAT called out Phil Jackson and the fellow members of his 1992 Dream Team to put up some cash and also take the challenge. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 17, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Ranking The NBA’s Biggest Offseason Winners

LeBron James

July has come and gone and August is quickly doing the same. You know what that means? The NBA Offseason is on its last leg and winding down as teams begin to look towards the start of camp. Read More »

NBA / Aug 14, 2014 / 10:30 am

‘Melo Shed Weight To Helm Knicks’ Triangle Offense

Carmelo Anthony

Earlier this week Carmelo Anthony posted a picture of himself to Instagram looking noticeably more trim with a leaner face that resembled the man who came out of Syracuse a National Champion in 2003. The New York Post reports the move to drop what is reportedly 10-15 pounds was for the implementation of the triangle offense next season in New York. Read More »

Where Are They Now? / Aug 5, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Lamar Odom’s Slow, Painful Descent Into Personal And Professional Oblivion

Lamar Odom

During last night’s episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, Khloe opened up about filing for divorce from her estranged husband Lamar Odom, whose well-documented downfall has been the subject of endless controversy and speculation. Read More »

Smack / Jul 18, 2014 / 11:45 am

Phil Jackson Explains How Kobe’s Comment Pushed Dwight To Houston

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

In an update to his autobiography “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success”, Phil Jackson went into detail on what happened when the Lakers met with Dwight Howard during free agency last summer, and how an answer from Kobe Bryant might have sealed the deal on Dwight’s exit from Los Angeles. Read More »