PODCAST: Michael Scotto on Phil Jackson Joining the New York Knicks

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The New York Knicks gave Carmelo Anthony 13 reasons to consider re-signing a long-term extension with the team this summer. That’s the combined number of championships Phil Jackson has won as a player and coach.

“I’m a chess player, so that was a power move right there,” Anthony said.

As the Knicks prepare to officially announce the hiring of Jackson on Tuesday, I joined Yahoo! Sports Radio and host Dylan Gwinn to discuss the impact the move will have on Jackson’s legacy, the definition of a successful tenure and the impact he’ll have in free agency.

PODCAST: Michael Scotto on the Differing Paths of the Knicks and Nets

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The Brooklyn Nets looked like a team needing as much construction as the Gowanus Expressway in 2013, but have cruised up the Eastern Conference standings like a driver in the HOV lane in 2014 as I outlined in my previous column.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have made it easier for Carmelo Anthony to consider leaving in free agency.

Before the Knicks and Nets hit the hardwood on Friday, I joined “Between the Lines” on WPRB 103.3 FM in Princeton, N.J., with host Sitesh Shah. We discussed how the Nets have turned the corner in 2014 and previewed possible playoff scenarios along with Carmelo Anthony’s free agency plans and what management will look to do this offseason, including adding a new head coach.

Here’s the podcast in its entirety:

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Michael Scotto is a Sheridan Hoops NBA columnist. You can follow him on Twitter.

PODCAST: Time to dump on the Thunder?

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If you are looking for someone to bail on the Thunder because of their recent three-game losing streak, you are looking in the wrong place.

The temptation around the country is to couple the return of Russell Westbrook and the three-game loss streak, and to draw a correlation between the two.

And the other temptation when it comes to the Thunder is to bash Kendrick Perkins, the least-productive starting center, in terms of offense, in the entire Western Conference.

Well, sorry to be a voice of reason, but here’s the way I see things: Every team goes into a funk once or twice per season, at a minimum. And the Thunder just went through theirs. And as for Perkins, he is NOT in the lineup to produce big numbers. He is in the lineup to defend opposing centers, and the only time his true value will become apparent is if and when OKC faces Dwight Howard in the Western Conference playoffs.

For more on the Thunder, plus a look around the NBA, give a listen to this podcast with the ”Steely, Lump & Rohde” show on KRXO – 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City.

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PODCAST: Michael Scotto on Carmelo Anthony’s Free Agency Plans

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The New York Knicks are making it easier for Carmelo Anthony to walk away in free agency with every lackluster effort and loss down the stretch as I outlined in my latest column.

After a 23-point loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday, I joined Chicago’s 670 The Score and host Joe Ostrowski to discuss Anthony’s free agency decision, potential destinations, the sorry state of the Knicks and the landscape of the Eastern Conference.

Here’s the podcast in its entirety:

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Michael Scotto is a Sheridan Hoops NBA columnist. You can follow him on Twitter.

Podcast: Chris Sheridan joins Vince Rachal on Yahoo Sports Radio

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Chris Sheridan joined Yahoo Sports Radio on opening weekend for the NBA playoffs to talk match ups with Vince Rachal.