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2015-16 Schedule
23-31, 3rd in Atlantic
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Jemele on Jackson: 'This is a mess' (1:56)
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2hNBA Insiders

Who has it worse: Knicks or Kings?

With Derek Fisher out in New York and George Karl expected to be fired, we ask our Insider experts if the Kings or Knicks are better shaped for the future.

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Who could be Knicks' next coach? (2:14)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Thanasis Antetokounmpo has returned to the Knicks' D League club after the Knicks elected not to sign him to a second 10-day contract. The older brother of Giannis continues to pursue his NBA dream rather than head to Europe. Have to admire his determination.

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Isola: Players are putting a premium on winning (1:00)
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Knicks Daily Links: Tuesday

Top Headline: Tom Thibodeau should be Phil Jackson's top candidate to replace Derek Fisher.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The first goal for Kurt Rambis? To get the Knicks' defense to improve. Rambis referenced the team's slide on that end of the floor during his press conference. The club ranks 19th in defensive efficiency. Rambis also plans to retain all of Fisher's assistants and may add one more.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said that "there is a certain amount of levity to Kurt (Rambis)." The implication here is that Rambis' personality differs from that of Fisher, who wasn't known to take a light-hearted approach to his job.

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Should Luke Walton pick the Lakers or Knicks? (2:20)
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Where do the Knicks go from here? (2:02)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson made it clear today that he's going to try to improve the roster this summer in free agency. "We need a player who is going to move us forward even farther." The Knicks will have at least $19 million to spend in free agency this summer.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

This is probably the most important description that Phil Jackson offered today about his next coach: "Someone has to match the style of the way we do things. There's a certain style that I have that I think works and I've found (to work) before."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said that running the triangle offense "is not paramount, but is important" for his next head coach. I'd be surprised if Phil hired a coach who wasn't committed to the triangle. Don't rule out the idea that Kurt Rambis stays on if the Knicks do well under him.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Phil Jackson on the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher incident and if that impacted his decision to fire Fisher: "No one's happy about what happened or what came out of that. It was embarrassing for us and for Derek. That had nothing to do with what's happened here today."

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Did Fisher deserved to be fired? (1:52)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Thought this was interesting: in a meeting with Derek Fisher and some members of the coaching staff last month, Phil Jackson told Derek Fisher: "I may not have mentored you as well as I could have."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said Derek Fisher's firing was not due to Fisher's recent comments about focusing on the process rather than making the playoffs. "I didn't react to Derek's comments last week about the playoffs not being important and whatever's not a measure," Jackson said. "The understanding was turning around a team that's won 17 games and making a 40, 42-win season out of it... Saying that, we still think there's a way for (the players) to play better. "

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson hinted that Derek Fisher could've taken more advantage of his experienced staff. "That I was able to surround him with very experienced coaches... was really important too," Jackson said when asked about Fisher's lack of experience. "If he didn't take advantage of that, maybe that's part of that. Kurt (Rambis), Jim Cleamons, some of the guys that have had detailed experience& There really wasn't consensus in our staff. We decided to have a real good consensus in a working staff and the changing of ideas and communication."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Clifford said that Thibodeau has made himself a better coach during his time off from basketball. "I think what he's done is exactly what I thought he would do is I think he used it to grow as a coach," Clifford said. "We talk regularly and when you talk to him -- he's an expert on this league. He's using this to study teams, study trends, study players. He's always been on top of it anyway, but a sabbatical, it's not like he's -- he's relaxing and doing different things like that, but he's studying. He'll be an even better coach when he comes back."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford is one of Tom Thibodeau's closest friends and confidants. Clifford was asked before the game how much interest he thought Thibodeau would have in the New York Knicks job now that Derek Fisher has been fired. "I don't have any idea," Clifford said before Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls. "Obviously, he wants to coach again and that's a great job, he worked there and everything, but you'd have to ask him about that."

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20hNBA Insiders

Phil, Thibs or Walton for next Knicks coach?

What happens now in Gotham with Derek Fisher fired? Is Luke Walton a coaching candidate? Should Tom Thibodeau be hired? Or will Phil Jackson return to the sidelines?

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A quick end to Derek Fisher era at MSG

On Jan. 20, the Knicks stood at .500 and were one game out of eighth place in the East. The subsequent 1-9 stretch resembled Fisher's first team, which stumbled to a 17-65 finish.

Team Stats

Points Per Game99.023rd
Rebounds Per Game43.913th
Assists Per Game20.424th
Points Allowed101.114th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-162331.426
2014-151765.207
2013-143745.451
2012-135428.659
2011-123630.545

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