Sprung: No Firm Answers from Melo on Waiving No-Trade Clause

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“I’ve been through worse.” That four-word answer from Carmelo Anthony about his no-trade clause, sticking with the New York Knicks and continuing to trust team president Phil Jackson, perfectly describes the current state of both player and franchise. Of course, it had nothing to do with the question he was asked rather directly — “Would you consider waiving your no-trade clause? — but ‘Melo’s instant tangent was revealing nonetheless. Anthony, the 31-year-old All-Star forward with a sore, surgically repaired left knee, can waive his

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Schayes: Divorce Court for Coaches and Players; A Magic Johnson tale

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There are few things that indicate futility more than when a coach loses the connection with his team. When that happens there is nothing to fix, nothing to do, nowhere to turn. It is over. The wonder of team sports is the coming together of a group of people willing to put personal agendas aside for the common goal of winning. When that happens you truly get a whole bigger than the sum of the parts, and magic happens. When people

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

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Phil 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

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The 10 Strangest NBA Moments of July

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The month of July is typically an awkward one for NBA fans. We’re fresh off the NBA Finals and the NBA Draft, but suddenly realizing that there won’t be any legitimate competition played for the next three months. Of course, as with any NBA summer vacation, there are plenty of things happening with player movement and free agency, but also incidents of the more peculiar variety. Deals are made, teams are transformed, and players find themselves with a bit too much free time

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SH Blog: Rambis shocked that D’Antoni wanted him, Paul George expects championship

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Former player and coach Kurt Rambis has long been known for being the main assistant to Phil Jackson for a better part of the Zen Master’s tenure as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the ’00s. The two are very close, and Rambis openly slammed Jim Buss back in November for the way he mistreated Jackson during the hiring process. Knowing these things, it was quite a surprise to hear that Rambis would be a real candidate to

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Rosen: Total control in Seattle may be appealing to Phil Jackson

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Phil Jackson has been considered for the in-season vacancies with both the Lakers and the Nets. Both teams opted for an alternative to the most successful coach in NBA history. There were reasons why Jackson did not return to coaching, including this possibility: Could it be that Jackson wants to change his game plan and build a championship team from scratch? [Read more…]

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Tweet of the Night: Kurt Rambis

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Kobe's got that pop again. Don't call that guy old yet. #Lakers
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What has gotten into Kobe Bryant this season? Is it a classic case of “he’s playing well due to the Olympics experience”? The Black Mamba scored 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go along with eight assists in a thrilling 84-82 loss against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. His performance brings him to an average of 26.4 points on 55.1 percent shooting in eight games. He is also averaging just 17 shots per game – the lowest since the

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SH Blog: Who’s telling the truth? Reactions about Phil Jackson and Mike D’Antoni from all parties involved

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The Los Angeles Lakers fans and everyone else along the way were absolutely shocked very early on Monday morning, when Mike Bresnahan of Los Angeles Times reported that Mike D’Antoni – not Phil Jackson – would become the next head coach of Kobe Bryant and company. So what exactly happened? It was reported over the weekend that the Zen master and the Lakers met to discuss the coach’s possible return to the team after the firing of Mike Brown. The fact that

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