Bernucca: Jackson’s Resume Alone Not Nearly Enough To Fix Knicks

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220px-Isiah_ThomasPhil Jackson won’t be awful as president of the New York Knicks. He certainly won’t be as bad as Isiah Thomas was in running the club. And he will almost certainly be better than David Kahn, Bryan Colangelo, Joe Dumars, Otis Smith and Geoff Petrie have been in recent years.

But Phil Jackson isn’t Isiah Thomas, or David Kahn, or Bryan Colangelo. He’s Phil Jackson, with a reputation of all things basketball that he touches turning to gold.

And that’s exactly what Knicks fans – now with three generations of folks waiting for another NBA title – will expect from Jackson.

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Extension Deadline Here For 2010 NBA Draft Class

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As you can see, Memphis Grizzlies small forward Quincy Pondexter had quite a treat waiting for him on Halloween.

That’s Pondexter, a member of the 2010 draft class, signing his contract extension, reportedly worth $14 million over four years.

Pondexter became the sixth member of the 2010 draft to get an extension, and might be the last. Teams have until midnight ET to lock up players drafted three years ago with long-term contracts, and no one else seems close to a deal.

Pondexter joined John Wall, Paul George, Larry Sanders, DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors as those who have gotten extensions. His is the first that has not averaged eight figures per season.

Earlier this month, the Grizzlies appeared to be targeting backup forward Ed Davis for an extension. But the sides reportedly were far apart, and the focus shifted to Pondexter, whose distance shooting is more valuable to how his team plays than the dime-a-dozen game of Davis.

Two more players from the 2010 draft appear to be likely candidates for big long-term extensions – Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward.

However, neither player is reportedly close to a deal. And ironically, both are impacted by the four-year, $49 million package given to Favors, the most recent player to receive an extension.

Bledsoe is impacted because like Favors, he spent his first three seasons showing incredible promise primarily as a backup. No one questions whether he can start; the question is whether he can star, which is expected of players making $10 million per season.

And Hayward is impacted because he is Favors’ teammate, and the small-market Jazz cannot afford to be a tax team. They also have Enes Kanter, Alec Burks and Trey Burke in line for extensions over the next several years.

Below is a rundown of all 30 first-round picks in the 2010 draft, their current status and their prospects for long-term security.

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SH Blog: Kobe is running again; Love likes Wolves’ front office switch

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If you haven’t checked out Chris Bernucca’s breakdown of the ten best free agent signings, go do that right now.

SH Blog: Nick Young upset with ESPN’s rank of Lakers, Griffin ready to play role of closer

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PHI_Young_NickWhen ESPN ranked the Western Conference teams on Tuesday and put the Los Angeles Lakers as the 12th best squad, it drew plenty of interest and raised certain people’s eyebrows. Kobe Bryant was the first Lakers player to officially react to the article, but he didn’t do so with so many words.

Not so for reserve guard Nick Young, who signed on with the Lakers back in early July. He saw the article, tweeted his feelings of displeasure, then shared some more of his irritation with Arash Markazi of… ESPN Los Angeles:

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The Evening News: Jackson open to coaching; Nowitzki begins offseason training; Rubio disappointed in Kahn dismissal

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