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2016 Schedule
32-50, 3rd in Atlantic

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ex-Knick Charles Oakley, famous in New York for his physical play, had some tough words for TNT analyst Charles Barkley on Wednesday night. "Charles Barkley, you better stop talking s*** about Cleveland you was never tough you hide behind TNT," Oakley tweeted on Wednesday. The Oak Man, as he was know in New York, competed against Barkley during his 19-year NBA career.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks president Phil Jackson live-tweeting his road trip through Iowa and Nebraska during a time when the organization is searching for a coach is further proof that he couldn't care less what any of us think about him.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Conspiracy theorists had a field day with Phil Jackson's tweet Wednesday from Sioux City, Iowa. One prevailing theory had Jackson en route to Indianapolis to interview Pacers coach Frank Vogel. Not so, according to Siouxland News. Reporter Chris Neyenhouse said Phil Jackson and his brother, Chuck, stopped in Sioux City en route to Idaho, where Chuck lives. Sorry to disappoint, Knicks fans.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis donated 50,000 Euros (approximately $57,000) to his youth coach, Edvins Sprude, in Latvia yesterday. (Photo via Andrejs Silins)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Pacers president Larry Bird is holding a press conference on Thursday at noon EST, the team announced. The guess here is that he'll address the status of head coach Frank Vogel. If Vogel is let go, it will be interesting to see if Phil Jackson pursues Vogel for the Knicks' vacancy.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are some characteristics Carmelo Anthony's looking for in a coach: "Being able to hold guys accountable, but also having a relationship with the player. Kind of seeing things from a players' perspective as well as a coach's perspective," Anthony said in an interview with Complex.com. "I think if you can build that camaraderie between a coach and a player, I think you're onto something."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony explains why he'd like to be kept in the loop on the Knicks' coaching search: "You gotta think about it, this is gonna be a long-term journey of playing and you consider me being part of that plan then I would want to know what's going on," he told Complex.com last week. As of last Thursday, Anthony hadn't spoken to team president Phil Jackson about the coaching search.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson just tweeted a photo of a Thai restaurant in Sioux City, Iowa. Hopefully, this is where the Knicks' president is interviewing candidates for the club's coaching vacancy.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony reiterated that he'd like to see the Knicks speak to several available candidates before they hire their next head coach. Phil Jackson has spoken to Luke Walton and David Blatt about the opening. Interim coach Kurt Rambis remains a strong candidate. Other than that, it is unclear who Jackson has talked to. "I just want to see the proper procedure gone through, the proper process," Anthony said in an interview with Complex.com. "We give everybody a shot to come in and say what they have to say and see if you like that person or not."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony previously said he planned to play in the Olympics this summer. Now, it sounds as if he's uncertain: "I would like to, but there's other things that come in. There's the time commitment, the load it puts on your body, going to Brazil—there's a lot of safety things that's going on," he said in an interview with Complex.com. "I'm pretty sure sooner than later the USA people would like to know, but I didn't feel like it was a rush. This is the time I distance myself from basketball and try and get some clarity and new energy."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For those on Carmelo Anthony Trade watch: Doc Rivers told reporters Monday that he will not trade Blake Griffin, regardless of any offers that may arise. Griffin-for-Carmelo is one of the most frequently discussed scenarios when a potential Carmelo trade is brought up. Anthony, of course, has a no-trade clause in his contract, which has 3 years remaining.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Larry Bird told the Indianapolis Star that he's unsure if Frank Vogel will return next season. If Vogel is fired, could he be a candidate for the Knicks? It's worth noting that Vogel was an advanced scout for Phil Jackson's Lakers in 2005-06. Here's Vogel heaping praise on Jackson in a 2013 interview: "From the standpoint of studying the NBA game, I was always a big fan of Phil Jackson and his approach," Vogel told Nuvo. "Obviously he had great players, but there were a lot of coaches with great players that didn't win at the level he did. That was a big reason why I hired [Pacers associate head coach] Brian Shaw. He was as close to Phil as anyone could be and I thought I could rely on that experience and it's been awesome."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

On the Latvia decision, Kristaps Porzingis clearly prioritized his long-term development this summer over playing for his country. This had to be a tough call for the 20 year old. Surely it's one the Knicks are happy with. Porzingis will spend his summer in the United States training. He plans to add 12-13 pounds to his frame and to work on his post game, among other facets.

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Porzingis skipping Olympic qualifying with Latvia

The Knicks had hoped that Kristaps Porzingis would stay in the U.S. this summer to work with their coaches and training staff. Forgoing participation in Olympic qualifying will allow just that.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

According to reports out of Latvia, Kristaps Porzingis announced today that he will not participate in Olympic qualifying this summer with Latvia. The Knicks had hoped that Porzingis would stay in the United States this summer to work with - and develop under - their staff. The decision to sit out of the qualifying likely wasn't an easy one for Porzingis. He spoke often about how important it was to represent his country.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

One GM thinks Solomon Hill's value is 7-9 M per year this summer with increased cap. The small forward certainly increased the market for his services during the Pacers' first-round loss to Toronto. Hill averaged 7.7 points, 4 rebounds in the series & shot 58% from 3. He also had a net rating (points scored per 100 possessions-points allowed per 100 possessions while on the floor) of +8.7.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeremy Lin will probably never play for the Knicks again. But if the soon-to-be free agent signed with New York this summer, it would bring an added layer of attention to a club that already garners plenty of it. Is that a good thing? Landry Fields, Lin's close friend, weighs in: "If Jeremy comes back, great. I love Jeremy, I want him to succeed in whatever he does. For New York, I'm not sure that's the best fit. Simply because of the distractions," Fields told The Knicks Blog Podcast with Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton. "The media, being in the broadcasting world, I've see that people love to put a microscope on the Knicks, no matter how good or how bad they are. It's just that there's drama there, so this is what's going to sell and entertain fans."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Landry Fields on one of the few bright spots for the Knicks lately: "I love Carmelo now because of his shift in leadership mentality," Fields told The Knicks Blog Podcast with Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton. "When he first came to the Knicks there, wasn't much of a leadership role for him… but this past season and the one before it, we see kind of a new Melo, one who has really stepped into a leadership which us going to be crucial going forward. It's awesome to see, because I think he's really embracing that role."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton's deal (5 years, $5-6 million per year, per ESPN) & Scott Brooks' deal (reportedly 5 years, $35 million) make you wonder about David Blatt's value/market if Phil Jackson chooses to make him an offer. Knicks ownership is already paying Jackson and the fired Derek Fisher a total of approximately $80 million. Given that, how much will ownership want to pay its next head coach?

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Even though Phil Jackson discussed the Knicks' opening with Luke Walton, the club was never confident that Walton wanted the job. The only other candidates whom Phil has discussed the job with are interim coach Kurt Rambis and ex-Cavs coach David Blatt.

Team Stats

Points Per Game98.427th
Rebounds Per Game44.410th
Assists Per Game20.526th
Points Allowed101.110th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207
2013-143745.451
2012-135428.659
2011-123630.545

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