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32-50, 3rd in Atlantic

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.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Westchester guard Jimmer Fredette (2nd team) and center Jordan Bachynski (3rd team & all-defense) have earned all D-League honors. It will be interesting to see where Fredette, a former 1st round pick, ends up next season. He signed a 10-day deal with the Knicks in 2015-16 that was not renewed.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony is trying to take an even-keel approach to things while the Knicks search for a coach. "Until they have something that's when I'm going to have something," he said in an interview Thursday at an event to promote Gillette Clinical Clear Gel. "Honestly I try to step away from it for a minute, just clear my head, not even think about that part of it right now. I find myself being able to cope better when I do do that. instead of thinking so much about it, being emotional about it. I try to distance myself from it." It's similar to Anthony's approach in pressure situations. "Just try to stay mellow, man."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony explains why he believes he's a better scorer than Steph Curry and LeBron James: "As an athlete, as a competitor, you're not going to say no," he said on The Dan Patrick Show. "I always have that mindset. When it comes to being on that court, I don't think anybody is better. That's my mindset." Most elite athletes have a similar mindset, so it shouldn't really surprise anyone that Anthony thinks this way. This mentality also explains why some retired players think their teams can beat the 2015-16 Warriors. Which is why we really shouldn't be shocked by it.

Why Carmelo hasn't been included in coaching search (2:46)
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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's an interesting quote from Carmelo Anthony, via SI Now, on if he's in Phil Jackson's long-term plans for the Knicks: "I think so. I think so. That was a situation where I really sat down and looked him in the eye man to man and he told me that. That's the only thing I can go off of," he told SI's Maggie Gray. "Another man sitting in front of me and telling me what he feels, what he likes and what's his plan. That's the only thing that I can really go off of. Now if you go back on that word and for me to look another man in their eye and (they lie), then that's a different story."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Carmelo Anthony on why he can be an asset in free agency: "When it comes down to the players, I think I have a little more control over that," he told ESPN while promoting a Gillette event in Manhattan. "I know how to get in contact and speak with the players directly. If it's somebody that they want me to go out and talk to, I know how to get to them directly and speak to them on a level that they feel confident and comfortable speaking on. Not just come to an interview, sit and talk to the execs. I'll talk to you from our experiences as an athlete, those experiences. So you can relate to me, I can relate to you. But (potential free agents) don't need to lie to you. If you're interested, you're interested. If you're not, you're not."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Carmelo Anthony on why he still believes in Phil Jackson: "I don't really know what's happening as far as the coaching decisions and the players. At this point, I still have to believe in what Phil is doing. I can't say that I don't believe in him no more, this is over with. I still have to believe in him. I'm here, I still want to be here. I still want to be successful so I don't have no other choice but to believe in what's his plan."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said there is no need to look for any deeper meaning behind his absence last week during Phil Jackson's triangle practice. Jackson invited some of the Knicks to work out and run through the triangle offense last week. Anthony wasn't there. Some took it as a sign of discord between Anthony and Jackson. "I don't think nobody should look to, should even look at that. That was more for younger guys who was up there working out, training," Anthony told ESPN during a promotional appearance for Gillette. "Phil did that, Phil spoke to the people he wanted there. So it wasn't something that was mandatory, it wasn't something (where) I was supposed to be there."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says the Knicks are set at front court and hints that he wants the club to prioritize talent over finding players that fit the system this summer. "I believe we have one of the best front courts in the NBA, I believe that," Anthony told ESPN during a promotional appearance for Gillette. "You put a couple of other pieces around that, I think we have something that we can work with, that we can go out and compete with. So I think everybody just needs to be on the same page when it comes to that and not trying to figure out what piece fits here, what piece fits there. At this point, you've got to get players."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony thinks Tom Thibodeau would have accepted the Knicks' head-coaching job if it were offered him. "I'm pretty sure in Thibodeau's situation, I'm pretty sure he wanted to come (to New York)," Anthony told ESPN. "He waited a while to see if there was gonna be an opportunity. It didn't happen." Team president Phil Jackson did not reach out to Thibodeau prior Thibodeau accepting a coaching/team president position with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to sources. "I'm pretty sure if he would've gotten offered the job, he would have took it with no regret. He would have jumped on it," Anthony added.

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After being eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors last night, the Rockets received permission to interview assistant coach Luke Walton for their head coach job, sources told The Undefeated early this morning.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue supported David Blatt's candidacy for the New York Knicks: "He definitely deserves another chance. I thought Coach Blatt did a great and phenomenal job here. He taught me a lot. Just being friends with him and getting a chance to understand him was great for me. I know a lot of guys around here, we talked about it the other day, they miss him and his presence. I would just like to just keep, stay in contact with him. Hopefully, he gets another job in this league because he deserves it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a bit surprising that Carmelo Anthony hasn't spoken to Phil Jackson about the coaching search. He was very vocal about wanting to have input in the process.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says on the Dan Patrick Shoe that he doesn't think the triangle is overrated and that he can teach the basics of it in an hour.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says on the Dan Patrick Show is to retire as a Knick, something he's said in the past.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says on the Dan Patrick show that he hasn't yet spoken to Phil Jackson about the Knicks coaching search. He's said in the past that he hopes to have input on the search.

Stats & Info

What could Blatt do with the Knicks?

No coach in NBA history had been dismissed in-season with a higher winning percentage than David Blatt's .732. No wonder Knicks president Phil Jackson is looking to cash in on the ex-Cavs coach.

Begley: Blatt, Phil Jackson have informal meeting (2:02)

Team Stats

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

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