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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SH Blog: Fredette signs with Chicago; Bynum wants to play

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I mentioned last weekend that I’ve been watching old NBA games on YouTube, and while Karl Malone, for obvious name-related reasons, is probably never going to be surpassed as my all-time favorite basketball player, Hakeem Olajuwon is making it pretty close.

I mean, look at this:

Tweet of the Night: Isiah Thomas says there has never been anyone like Kevin Durant

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jamesdurantKevin Durant or LeBron James?

That has been the question many have been asking since Durant’s incredible scoring run in the month of January. Prior to Oklahoma City Thunder’s matchup against Miami Heat on Wednesday, the forward had scored at least 30 points or more in 11 consecutive games, going 8-3 in that span – all without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.

For Durant, this stuff matters. He openly admit last season that being second to LeBron James in everything was not something he enjoyed. He wants to be the best, and he may be doing enough this season to be considered just that.

So he went up against the world champions with the utmost confidence, and the “Slim Reaper” continued his dominating performance with 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists to help the Thunder rout the Heat 112-95 despite getting down by as many as 18 points in the first quarter. In the third quarter in particular, he and James had one of those “superstar” moments where the two traded 12 ridiculous points against each other. It’s the kind of show everyone hoped to see from two of the best players in the world, and they did not disappoint. James ended up with 34 points, three assists and three rebounds, but the Heat were sloppy all night and coughed up the ball 20 times.  

Bernucca: In Trying to Overtake Knicks, Nets Have Become Them

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ProkhorovIn his stated effort to upstage Knicks owner James Dolan, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has become him.

Like Dolan, Prokhorov desperately wants an NBA championship. Like Dolan, he has pursued that desperation with financial abandon, giving his GM an open checkbook. Like Dolan, he has overspent on overvalued big names. Like Dolan, he has mortgaged his team’s future by giving away multiple draft picks.

And like Dolan, he appears headed down the abyss.

In two months, the Nets have gone from contenders with star power, maximum depth and championship pedigree on and off the court to pretenders with age issues, no speed or athleticism and a lack of direction from a clearly underqualified coach.

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Sprung: All-Breakout Team led by L.Stephenson, A.Afflalo, I.Thomas

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time flies'Where the hell has the time gone? It certainly flies as the days get shorter and darkness descends in the late afternoon.

We’re already through the first quarter of the NBA season and almost at Christmas. The league has seen plenty of pleasant surprises, like the consistently stellar Portland Trail Blazers, and many disappointments, like the entire Eastern Conference besides Indiana and Miami.

There have also been a whole host of players who have really progressed in a positive direction over the opening 20 games or so.

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