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Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

NBA via New York Knicks(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — Even though he’ll always be associated with Linsanity, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin is moving on from what made him one of the most recognized basketball players in the world.
“I’m not trying to relive that banner season,” Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. “I think that’s been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that’s very important for me as a player. I’m not trying to recreate a Linsanity. I’m not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever.”
In his lone season with the New York Knicks from 2011-2012, Lin set the basketball world on fire as he consistently put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Lin was never a highly-touted prospect, and was recalled from the D-League, so his success took many by surprise.
Lin spent the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets and averaged 13.0 points during that time. Even though he may never match his production during the height of Linsanity, the Lakers traded for him in hopes of stabilizing the team’s point guard position.
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Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Thursday was a busy day for one of the NBA’s most sought after free agents. After spending two hours meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony also spent time with his most recent team in the New York Knicks.
Anthony sat down with members of both team’s leadership and discussed possible terms of contracts as he enters his first ever free agency period. The Lakers contingent was reportedly to include star Kobe Bryant, but the small forward was unable to get back to California in time following a family vacation in Europe. Bryant did say he planned to met with Anthony later in the day.
Following a two and a half hour meeting, Los Angeles told the small forward they would be willing to offer him maximum contract worth $96 million over four years. If Anthony chose to stay with the Knicks, he could garner a five-year deal with a $129 million price tag. New York reiterated to Anthony that he would be given such a contract if he chose to stay.
Anthony has also met with Chicago, Dallas, and Houston during this free agency period. 
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Knicks Agree to Send Center Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks

Knicks Agree to Send Center Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) — Tyson Chandler is heading back to the Mavericks as the New York Knicks and Dallas have agreed on a six-player trade with Chandler as the center piece.
The trade would sent Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to the Mavericks in exchange for point guards Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin along with guard Wayne Ellington, center Samuel Dalembert, and two second-round picks in Thursday night’s draft.
Chandler played for the Mavericks during the 2010-2011 season — the season they won their one and only NBA Championship.
“The journey to build this team for the upcoming season and beyond continues,” Knicks executive Phil Jackson said in the announcement. “We have added players with this move that will fit right in to our system while maintaining future flexibility.”
This move will help Dallas pursue top free agents such as Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James.
For the Knicks, it provides future flexibility, young players, and draft picks, which is something the Knicks haven’t had much of in recent years.
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Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony has informed the team that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Anthony, who had hinted towards the decision during the regular season, will be able to negotiate with any team on July 1.
Anthony has the ability to sign a maximum contract worth $96 million over five years with any team outside of the Knicks. Should he choose to resign with New York, the small forward could command a max deal worth $129 million.
Sources close to Anthony say the Chicago Bulls are one team that he would consider playing for. Among others that could garner his services are the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. ESPN.com reported earlier in June that the Miami Heat have also inquired about signing Anthony. Meanwhile, Knicks president Phil Jackson had expressed his hope that Anthony would “opt in” to the final year of his deal and test free agency in 2015.
New York went 37-45 this past season, led by Anthony’s 27.4 points per game. Should he leave, Anthony would become the fifth player in the last 30 years to change teams after averaging more than 27 points that year and the first to do so since LeBron James.
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Carmelo Anthony: Meeting Went Well with Phil Jackson

Carmelo Anthony: Meeting Went Well with Phil Jackson

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) — The days for Carmelo Anthony to decide if he is opting out of his current contract are quickly approaching.
Still, Anthony said a recent meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson was positive.
“It was great meeting with Phil. It went well,” Anthony told two reporters in New York City on Wednesday as he promoted his partnership with 50 Cent and SMS Audio headphones.
The Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their new head coach and Anthony had no problems with that either. “I like what Phil is doing,” Anthony added.
Anthony has until June 23 to notify the New York Knicks on whether he’ll be coming back next year or become a free agent in July, reports ESPN.com.
Anthony is spending his offseason with his family in Los Angeles.
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Nowitzki Makes Plea for ‘Melo in Dallas

Nowitzki Makes Plea for ‘Melo in Dallas

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Carmelo Anthony, projected to be one of the top free agents if he chooses to opt out of his contract, may have a new suitor. Over the weekend, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki made his pitch for Anthony.
“If Carmelo would really love to come here, we’d love to have him,” Nowitzki said in a radio interview.
Despite being under contract for next season, Anthony is expected to opt out of the final season of his contract with the New York Knicks and test free agency.
Along with the Mavericks, the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Miami Heat have also been rumored to have interest in the small forward. Still, Knicks president Phil Jackson has publicly stated his desire for Anthony to remain in New York.
“Listen, I think I’ve showed over my 16 years that I can play with anybody,” Nowitzki said. “The only tough season I think we’ve had is when we had [Antawn] Jamison and Antoine Walker and myself who are all three kind of the same four-men, but other than that I think I’ve shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I’ll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass. I’ll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner.”
Anthony, who has said he would like to remain in New York, has stated on multiple occasions during the season that he planned to become a free agent this summer. Should he choose to re-sign with the Knicks, ‘Melo could ink a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years. If Anthony signs with another team, his contract would only be able to be a maximum of $96 million over four seasons.
Dallas won 49 games last year and made the playoffs as the eight seed. The Mavericks were champions in 2011 and are projected to have more than $30 million in cap space.
The Knicks won just 37 games this year and are not expected to have enough cap space to create a contender for the 2014-15 season.
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N.Y. Knicks Introduce Derek Fisher As New Head Coach

N.Y. Knicks Introduce Derek Fisher As New Head Coach

NBA Logo(NEW YORK) — The New York Knicks introduced Derek Fisher as their new head coach at a news conference on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old Fisher played for Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson for parts of nine seasons, winning five NBA championships.
“For Phil and the history we have together,” Fisher said, “to have this opportunity now to work together again is something that is extremely exciting and I look forward to it in a very special way.”
Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday that Fisher and Knicks were in the process of finalizing a five-year, $25 million contract.
The Knicks haven’t won the NBA championship since the 1972-73 season, when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals.
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Phil Jackson Fined $25K for Tampering

Phil Jackson Fined $25K for Tampering

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks president Phil Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for tampering with Oklahoma City’s Derek Fisher.
Sources with knowledge of the situation said that Jackson was fined for comments he made at a press conference last week regarding the Thunder guard. Jackson had said that Fisher was on his short list of possible candidates for the vacant Knicks head coaching position. Fisher was still an active member of the Thunder when the comments were made.
The league’s anti-tampering rules state that teams cannot directly or indirectly express their interest in other team’s impeding free agents. Fisher’s contract with Oklahoma City was up when the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday. Fisher played for Jackson while with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2004 and again from 2007-2011.
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Phil Jackson: ‘Definitely Concerned’ about Carmelo’s Pending Free Agency

Phil Jackson: ‘Definitely Concerned’ about Carmelo’s Pending Free Agency

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(GREENBURGH, N.Y.) — New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson is “definitely concerned” that possible free agent and seven-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony will take his game to another team next season.
Anthony could opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent in July, but Jackson said on Friday that he spoke with Anthony about coming back next season and testing free agency in the summer of 2015.
“I told him it might be a good idea to hang in here and see what it’s like for a year and go out the next year,” Jackson said. “But that’s his option, that’s what he’s earned, and that’s what’s part of his contractual agreement. He has the right to do that. But I just offered that as, ‘Look, this gives you an opportunity to see how this is going to change, see how we’re going to get going, your relationship to the team and the coach and the system or whatever, the system we impose.”
Jackson said he remains positive about their chances about bringing back Anthony, but noted it only takes one team to blow Anthony away with an offer.
“It only takes one bidder out there that has the ability and can ruin your hopes and your chances,” Jackson said.
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Scott Brooks Thinks the Knicks Should Pursue Derek Fisher

Scott Brooks Thinks the Knicks Should Pursue Derek Fisher

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the New York Knicks still searching for a new head coach after Steve Kerr turned them down, Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks thinks that point guard Derek Fisher would be a great fit for the team once the playoffs end.
Fisher’s name has come up among reported coaching targets for the team. He’s still an active player, but is rumored to be retiring following this season.
Brooks thinks that Fisher’s knowledge of the game and his realtionship with Phil Jackson would serve him well in New York.
“Derek will make a great head coach,” Brooks told the New York Daily News on Saturday. “He’s smart, he knows the game and he works hard. He’s also played for one of the greatest coaches in sports history . . . and now I’m not talking about myself by the way.”
The 39-year-old Fisher is in his 18th NBA season. Going from player to coach right away isn’t unheard of, as Jason Kidd played for the New York Knicks last season and became the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets during the offseason.
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Steve Kerr Hired by Warriors

Steve Kerr Hired by Warriors

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The Golden State Warriors have hired Steve Kerr to be their next head coach. 
After turning down a chance to coach the New York Knicks, Kerr agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal to replace the fired Mark Jackson in Golden State.
“They have a good young team. The location is ideal,” Kerr said on Wednesday night. “My daughter goes to Cal and plays volleyball. My oldest son is in college in San Diego and our youngest is a junior in high school. It’s just a short flight for them.”
Kerr was believed to be in talks with the Knicks ever since Phil Jackson was brought to New York to serve as their team president. He won three NBA titles playing for Jackson in Chicago. However, after talking it over with his family, Kerr decided to stay in his home state of California.
“I told Phil, ‘I think I have to pursue this other opportunity,’ ” Kerr said. “He gave me his blessing. He said go look at it, and do what was in my heart.”
Kerr spent three seasons as general manager of the Phoenix Suns before stepping down in 2010.  He has never been a head coach.
The Warriors went 51-31 this past season and were eliminated by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
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Phil Jackson: Dolan’s ‘Been Loyal’ to Promise

Phil Jackson: Dolan’s ‘Been Loyal’ to Promise

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson wants people who believe in his vision moving forward in 2014.
Jackson addressed the team’s vacant head coaching position on Wednesday and shot down the report in the New…

Knicks Sign Lamar Odom

Knicks Sign Lamar Odom

NBA/Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) — Phil Jackson’s first move as team president was bringing in a former player on Wednesday. The Knicks signed Lamar Odom for the rest of this season and a non-guaranteed deal for next season, reports ESPN.com.
The…

Carmelo Anthony Has Small Tear in Right Shoulder

Carmelo Anthony Has Small Tear in Right Shoulder

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has a small tear in his right labrum and will sit out the team’s last two games of the season, the Knicks announced Tuesday. The injury will not require…

Scoreboard Roundup 4/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup 4/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golf: Bubba Watson won the 78th Masters title for his second green jacket of his career.
NBA: Indiana Pacers 102 (55-26) – Oklahoma City Thunder 97 (58-22)
Toronto Raptors 116 (47-33) – Detroit Pistons 107 (29-52)
Brook…

Knicks Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Win Over Raptors

Knicks Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Win Over Raptors

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(TORONTO) — Carmelo Anthony had 30 points, eight rebounds and three steals to lead the New York Knicks past the Toronto Raptors Friday night, 108-100.
Amar’e Stoudemire had a season-high 24 points and 11 rebo…

Heat Burn Knicks 102-91

Heat Burn Knicks 102-91

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MIAMI) –  LeBron James scored 38 points as the Miami Heat dealt a significant blow to the New York Knicks’ playoff hopes with a 102-91 victory on Sunday.
Chris Bosh added 14 points for the Heat (53-23), who were playi…

Bavetta Refs 2,633rd Straight NBA Game

Bavetta Refs 2,633rd Straight NBA Game

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta has been officiating games since the 1975 season. On Wednesday, Bavetta refereed his 2,633rd straight game when the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets, 110-81 at Madison S…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA:  Indiana Pacers 101 (53-23) – Detroit Pistons 94 (27-48)
New York Knicks 110 (33-43) – Brooklyn Nets 81 (40-34)
Cleveland Cavaliers 119 (31-45) – Orlando Magic 98 (21-54)
Charlotte Bobcats…

Lakers Blow Away Knicks 127-96

Lakers Blow Away Knicks 127-96

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Xavier Henry scored 22 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers dropped a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter of their 127-96 blowout victory over the New York Knicks.
Kent Bazemore added 18 points…

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