Tweet of the Day: New York Knicks FINALLY Usher In Phil Jackson Era

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After what seemed like weeks of deliberation, rumors that he was possibly leveraging the New York Knicks against the Los Angeles Lakers to get the job he (presumably) really wanted, and a lot of TV and radio discussion, the wait is finally over.

Phil Jackson has formally been announced as the Knicks new president of basketball operations.

News coverage for Phil’s new job, from its early discussions to its formal announcement, has been at an all-time high. You can find plenty of coverage here on Sheridan Hoops:

[SHERIDAN: (Podcast) Phil Jackson Isn’t The Only Item Up For Discussion]
[BERNUCCA: Jackson’s Resume Alone Not Nearly Enough To Fix Knicks]
[SCOTTO: (Podcast) Phil Jackson Joining the New York Knicks]
[KAMENETZKY BROS.: Power Rankings: The Phil Jackson Effect … On Both Coasts]
[SH BLOG: Silver wants to raise age limit; who will be Phil’s first coaching hire with Knicks?]
[MAY: Memo to Phil Jackson: Beware the Nest of Vipers at MSG]

Tuesday, New York welcomed its new President home after decades spent elsewhere in the NBA.

Scotto: Midseason Report Cards for Knicks and Nets

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knicks-vs-brooklyn-nets-at-barclays-centerBefore the season, championship expectations were attached to both the Knicks and the Nets.

The Knicks were coming off the team’s first season with at least 50 or more wins and a trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals since the 1999-2000 campaign, when Jeff Van Gundy patrolled the sidelines, Patrick Ewing wrapped up his final season in New York and Allan Houston was in the prime of his career.

The Nets were coming off their first trip to the playoffs in six years and considered the winners of the offseason after landing future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, along with Jason Terry, in a blockbuster trade with the Celtics.

However, neither team has lived up to the hype with the All-Star break now upon us.

With that in mind, it’s time to break down the season into four sections for both teams: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and The Future.

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SH Blog: Shumpert is playing angry; Knicks unlikely to trade Melo

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I’m not saying “pity the weekend blogger,” but yesterday we got the announcement of Kobe Bryant’s return.

Today? That’s, as they say, yesterday’s news.

Sometimes big news breaks on the weekend, and this is certainly by no means a slow news day, but Kobe was only going to announce his return once, and of course he couldn’t do it on one of my blogging days.

Regardless, that’s news we all saw coming.

Jerry Buss Twitter Reaction

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Over the All-Star break, news broke that longtime Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss had been hospitalized and was battling cancer.

Monday, Dr. Buss passed away.

[Heisler on Buss: As owners go, he stands alone]

Many NBA players (former and current), owners and personnel sent their regards via Twitter.

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Shooting Stars teams announced

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The NBA announced Friday the teams and participants for the Shooting Stars competition, which annually kicks off All-Star Saturday Night.

Here are the teams, which are made up of an NBA player, a WNBA player and a former player:

ATLANTA: Joe Johnson, Lindsey Harding, Steve Smith

NEW YORK: Landry Fields, Cappie Pondexter, Allan Houston

ORLANDO: Jameer Nelson, Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Dennis Scott

TEXAS: Chandler Parsons, Sophia Young, Kenny Smith

Atlanta is the defending champion, but the New York entry appears to be the favorite because the event is a shooting competition, and Fields is the worst shooter in the trio. The bottom line is this event usually comes down to the dumb luck of who throws in a half-court shot first.