ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith happy to see Phil Jackson go

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has been saying over and over again that the Phil Jackson era in New York needed to end. He finally got his wish! The Knicks fired Jackson on Wednesday. Ending three years of bad basketball. Smith, who was on vacation, came back to give his thoughts about the firing of Jackson on First Take.

Take a listen:

Kenyon Martin on Knicks: ‘All fingers should be pointed at Phil Jackson’

Former NBA stars Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington, who both played for the Knicks, believes that Phil Jackson is the reason for all the problems with the Knicks.

“All fingers should be pointed at Phil Jackson,” Martin told TMZ Sports. 

According to Martin and Harrington, age could be a factor for the 71-year-old Jackson, who reportedly fell asleep during a draft prospect’s workout.

“Listen, there is an old saying sleep at the wheel, it’s not the first thing he botched, man,” Martin told TMZ Sports.

“He getting old,” said Harrington

Jackson is in his third year as Knicks’ president. During that time, the Knicks have not made the playoffs.

Martin, like a lot of people, was shocked that the Knicks chose Frenchmen Frank Ntilikina over NC State’s Dennis Smith Jr. or Kentucky’s Malik Monk at pick number eight.

According to Martin, a team needs a competent front office to be successful.

“To be competitive man, it’s the people making the decisions, it’s the people picking the talent on the court. Everybody wants to look at the team, and the players when they are out there, but who put that team together?”

Unfortunately for Knicks’ fans, the man who put their team together is not going anywhere!

 

 

 

 

Stephen A. Smith apologizes to Lamar Odom

Stephen A. Smith has responded to Lamar Odom through ESPN on Friday night.  Smith, who had this to say on Thursday about Odom, while talking about Knicks president Phil jackson :

Here is how Odom responded on Friday to Smith and ESPN through his attorney Saam Zangeneh:

Here is Smith’s apology from Friday night:

Because of my personal affection for Lamar Odom — and only for that reason — I want to return to my comments about something I’ve repeated quite often over the last few days: the flagrant ineptitude that I feel has been on continual display by Knick’s President Phil Jackson.

My comments were NOT to put any more focus on Lamar Odom’s much publicized drug use and addiction. He was not the target of my ire.

The sole focus of my comments were directed at the unmitigated disaster that Phil Jackson has created since he’s arrived in New York. It my opinion, he simply couldn’t leave soon enough.

Lamar Odom is simply one of the nicest athletes any of us have encountered, and has always been a gentlemen to everyone in NBA circles — including me — which is something I’ve repeated throughout the years.

That’s why it’s worth repeating: Lamar Odom was not the focus of my ire. My comments were entirely, totally, meant for Phil Jackson. Anyone who loves the NY Knicks, who’ve witnessed what has been transpiring over the last three years, know exactly who I was directing my comments to.

And Why.

Should be interesting to see how Odom responds to Smith’s apology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lamar Odom responds to Stephen A. Smith

Lamar Odom is not very happy with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith today. On Thursday, when talking about how bad Knicks president Phil Jackson has been as an executive, Smith had this to say about Odom on First Take:

On Friday, Odom fired back. Odom, through his attorney Saam Zangeneh, sent a letter to ESPN chastising Smith for his comments about Odom’s addiction, and called on ESPN to “actively voice their disdain for Mr. Smith’s inappropriate statement and take the proper action to support those that are fighting this disease.”

Odom called Smith’s comments “slander’ on Twitter.  The Knicks signed Odom in April of 2014. The team waived him in July of that same year.

Smith probably will apologize at some point. You wonder if Smith’s comments could lead to a suspension?

Knicks prez Phil Jackson on Porzingis: ‘We’ve been getting calls and we’re listening’

Knicks president Phil Jackson addressed the situation with Kristaps Porzingis on Wednesday night. Jackson, in an interview with MSG Network, did confirm that the team is fielding calls for Porzingis:

“We’re getting calls. As much as we value Kristaps and what he’s done for us, when a guy doesn’t show up for an exit meeting, everybody starts speculating on the duration or movability from a club. So we’ve been getting calls and we’re listening, but we’re not intrigued yet at this level. But as much as we love this guy, we have to do what’s good for our club.”

Porzingis did skip the exit meetings back in April. He was said to be frustrated with the direction of the team.

You would think what’s best for the Knicks is building around a 21-year-old stud in Porzingis, but maybe Jackson has a plan.  Whatever that plan might be, it should include Porzingis!

Listen below:

Porzingis on the move?

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Knicks forward Kristaps Prozingis could be dealt by the team. Wow! There will be a huge market for the 21-year-old Porzingis. It’s not everyday that a guy with his size and skill is made available.

Porzingis was said to be upset about the direction of the team at the end of last season.

We’ll see what team president Phil Jackson has up his sleeves!

Teams trying to get Porzingis?

According to ESPN, a few teams have reached out to the Knicks about a trade for prized PF Kristaps Porzingis. Teams reached out to the Knicks after Porzingis blew off  the exit meeting with the Knicks’ front office, according to the report.

The 21-year-old Porzingis is the centerpiece of Knicks future. The Knicks will probably be revamped next season. They probably will move Carmelo Anthony this offseason. You would think they would try to build around Porzingis, who expressed his desire to be apart of a winner. 

Do you feel sorry for Carmelo Anthony?

The season is winding down in the NBA, and just like we have seen over the past three years, the New York Knicks are going to miss the playoffs again! Currently, Carmelo Anthony has a reduced role as the Knicks go about seeing what they have for the future.  Well, not sure how bright the future is for the Knicks. They may have a franchise caliber player in Kristaps Porzingis, and of course they have Melo, but is there anything else that excites you about the Knicks? Derrick Rose? He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season, but is he a building block at this point? I don’t think so. Willy Hernangomez? Ron Baker? No!

The Knicks are a mess. Blame Phi Jackson for sure! He has been bad. Jackson was a great coach (11 titles), but has been a bad president of basketball operations. From weird tweets about Melo, to not finding players to surround Melo, it has not been good in New York City.  Hall of Famer and former Bulls’ star Scottie Pippen had some interesting to things to say about his old coach. Pippen said the following on ESPN’s The Jump:

“To be honest with you, I’m gonna have to go at my old coach Phil Jackson. I just think he hasn’t put the right pieces on the floor. I give a lot of credit to Carmelo, who has been very professional in getting through this 82-game season.”‘

Do you feel sorry for Carmelo Anthony? I would say no! Melo could have gotten out when he was a free agent in 2014. He could have gone to Bulls or elsewhere, but he chose money. The Knicks could pay him the most, and he took the most.  Unfortunately for Melo, he took the money and believed in Phil Jackson.  Bad move!

At this point, the Knicks need to find a way to move Melo (no trade clause), fire Phil Jackson and start all over. Maybe a “tank” or two would benefit the Knicks.

Life is full of choices; choose wisely.

Hall of Famer Larry Brown talks Phil Jackson and triangle offense

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown believes that Phil Jackson should coach the Knicks if he wants them to run the triangle offense.  Brown had this to say to Sirius XM NBA Radio:

“I can’t figure out how you can hire a coach and tell him how you want him to play. I can’t figure out how you can draft players for a coach that you know coaches a certain a style, and was successful doing that style, and get him to play a style that you feel comfortable with. Then you coach. You’re talking about one of the greatest coaches in the history of our sport. Let him coach. If he wants to do the triangle, put it in and let him coach it, and then teach everybody around and get the players who are comfortable playing it.”

Larry Brown might be right here. If Phil Jackson believes the triangle offense is the best way to go, then he should either find a head coach who runs the offense, or just do it himself!