New York Teams

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis facing a throng of New York reporters during his first news conference as coach.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if Carmelo Anthony is one of Knicks' off the trade table players, Phil Jackson cites Melo's no-trade clause. Then Phil went into how he won't trade Kristaps Porzingis.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Interim head coach Kurt Rambis says Knicks defense has taken slide. Also says he has to coach his way and hold players accountable.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said Rajon Rondo's comments about not wanting to play in the triangle offense were "laughable because all players can fit in a sound offense."

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Phil Jackson was asked which players were unavailable on the trade market and mentioned Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis by name.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about trading Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson says it's a known fact that Carmelo has a no-trade clause.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about Tom Thibodeau, Phil Jackson said he respects Thibs but isn't soliciting for coaches. Kurt Rambis will coach rest of season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said he informed Derek Fisher of the firing this morning. It was a short exchange and he expects to be in touch with Fisher in the future.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if next coach needs to be a triangle guy, Phil Jackson cites having a system. Adds "not for 1 second" did he think about returning to coach.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says the Knicks will be looking to improve the team prior to the trade deadline.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says he hasn't considered taking over as head coach. "Not for one second," he says.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says that the decision to fire Fisher was his and that he'll look for a coach with a philosophy similar to his, which we can assume means a coach who runs the triangle.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil says Fisher decision was his and Steve Mills. Also says it would be good for next coach to have relationship with him.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson cites losing 9 of last 10 and need for change in firing Derek Fisher. Also said Matt Barnes situation was "embarrassing" but not factor

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says that the team was embarrassed by Derek Fisher's run in with Matt Barnes in October but that it has no bearing on his discussion to fire Fisher.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said the Knicks losing 9 of their last 10 games was one factor that led to Derek Fisher's dismissal.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says that it was a relief for Derek Fisher that he was let go today due to the pressure associated with the job.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Fisher (40-96, .294) finished with the 2nd-worst record by a head coach in Knicks history behind Larry Brown (23-59, .280).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson is expected to address reporters in 10 minutes. It will be interesting to hear Phil discuss what led to this decision and if Fisher's incident with Matt Barnes played a role.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

If Phil Jackson still wants triangle, Brian Shaw, Luke Walton are two from Phil tree. Thibs, JVG, Mark Jackson, Scott Brooks are all available with Knicks ties.

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