Kenny Smith on Fizdale to NYK: ‘They made the right choice, but not the best choice’

The New York Knicks have struggled mightily over past few years. This team has not made the playoffs in five years and has not won an NBA title in 45 years.

Now, with the hiring of former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, the Knicks hope to get back to being one of the premier franchises in the NBA.

One guy who was in the running for the Knicks head coaching job was New York native and TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith. While Smith thinks the Knicks made the right decision in hiring Fizdale, Smith believes he was the better choice:

“I think they made the right choice. He’s a great coach; he’s going to do a good job, but maybe not the best choice. I’m the best choice,” Smith told TMZ Sports. “They made the right choice, but not the best choice.”

Smith, 53, has no coaching experience, so for the former two-time NBA champion to be considered for the Knicks job was a big deal:

“There’s only a handful of jobs in the world, and you’re a finalist for one them in the world. That means your one of the top candidates in the world,” Smith explained.

Smith does expect to get an NBA head coaching job at some point.

Fizdale is well respected around the league, so maybe he is the right guy for the job, but only time will tell if Fizdale was the best guy for the job.

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Knicks’ Porzingis out for the season with a torn ACL in left knee

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Tuesday night.

Porzingis hurt his knee after dunking the ball against the Bucks on Tuesday night.

Porzingis, 22, is averaging 22 PPG, 6.7 RPG, and 2.4 BPG this season with the Knicks.

Big blow for the Knicks and a big blow for the NBA.

 

Stephen A. Smith is not happy with Carmelo Anthony being rank 64th in NBA by ESPN

Each year ESPN releases their list of the 100 best players in the NBA, and after this season, you have to question whether this list is even legitimate.

Somehow, some way ESPN said the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony was the 64th best player in the league. They said guys like Lonzo Ball, Danny Green, and Robert Covington, to name a few, are better than Melo. How is that possible?

Here is how Melo responded via Twitter on Monday:

Today, ESPN’s own Stephen A. Smith expressed his disgust for the list:

 

Charles Oakley on Lamar Odom to the BIG3: ‘I don’t want him on my team’

Former NBA star Lamar Odom might be returning to basketball. Not the NBA, but the BIG3. Odom is said to be interested in the 3-on-3 league. The founder of the BIG3 Ice Cube is interested in Odom, but would like for him to be in “shape.”  Odom, 37, last played in the NBA in 2013. 

Former NBA great Charles Oakley is not very interested in Odom to the BIG3.

Oakley, who is a player/coach for the Killer 3’s, was asked by TMZ Sports if he would want Odom on his team.

Here was Oak’s response:

“No, I don’t like him like that,” Oakley said. “In life, sometimes you only get but one chance. He had three or four chances. I mean he can play; he’s a talented guy. I don’t want him on my team.”

Oakley talked about his issue with Odom in this interview on The Dan Le Batard Show back in 2014:

Here is Oakley’s interview with TMZ Sports:

 

Ex-Knick Justin Holiday on whether Melo will return to Knicks: ‘It’s hard to see and figure out which way it would go’

Carmelo Anthony said the last 12 months have been an “emotional roller coaster.” Whether it’s dealing with drama with Phil Jackson and the Knicks, or dealing with marital issues at home. It has been a rough year for Anthony.

Now, Jackson is gone, and Anthony is still in New York, for now.

Former Knicks F Justin Holiday, who played in New York last season, and signed with the Bulls this offseason, is unsure what might happen next season with the 33-year-old Anthony:

“I actually have been thinking about that, and I do not know. Seriously, I don’t  know,” Holiday told Paul Gant on the Go4it podcast. “One, that was something that he did not speak about, at all. Two, thinking about it myself, what would Melo do? I’m just not sure.  You gotta look at everything, and how the media is toward him, and how they treat him. Obviously, that’s not good, but New York is like home to that dude. He has so many things going on there. It’s hard to see and figure out which way it would go.

It seems the Knicks are not moving very fast to trade Anthony. According to the New York Post, Melo is only looking to go to Houston. Anthony has a full no-trade clause, so he has all the power.  At this point, Anthony is not even sure if he will be at Knicks’ training camp come September.

Maybe Anthony and the Knicks can make nice, or maybe Houston and New York can agree on a trade.

One never knows what could happen with this situation!

 

 

Report: Kyrie Irving will not sign extension with new team

Where in the world will Kyrie Irving go? Will he stay in Cleveland? Will he go home to New York (Irving from New Jersey)? Phoenix? Miami? San Antonio? Who knows, but according to a report from Cleveland.com, Irving is not looking to sign an extension with any team that trades for him

Phoenix would be very interested in dealing for Irving. But the Suns would want to know if Irving will sign an extension to stay in Phoenix.  Irving is not about to commit to any team at this point. He has two seasons left on his contract(can opt of contract in summer of 2019) and wants to keep his options open, according to Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto.

Irving is reportedly interested in four teams: Minnesota, San Antonio, Knicks, or Miami. Cleveland does not seem to be in any type of rush to trade Irving. If I’m the Cavs, I would wait for the best possible package. They have all the leverage right now.

 

Report: Rose to sign with Cleveland

According to The Vertical, free agent G Derrick Rose will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum, according to the report.  Rose, 28, averaged 18 ppg last season with the Knicks.

Rose met with the Cavs today in Ohio.

Report: Derrick Rose to meet with Cavs today

With Kyrie Irving possibly out the door, maybe the Cavs have found their replacement. Derrick Rose, who reportedly was in serious talks with the Cavs on a one-year deal, will meet with the team today in Ohio, according to ESPN.

Rose reportedly met with the Lakers last week. The 28-year-old Rose averaged 18 ppg for the Knicks last season.

Rose to the Cavaliers makes a lot of sense. He would be a solid replacement for Irving, and it gives Rose an opportunity to compete for a NBA title.