Open Letter To Phil Jackson: Give some thought to hiring Maccabi’s David Blatt

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Dear Coach Jackson, I’m sure you have been very busy in your new role as President of the New York Knicks and have been entrenched in recent days with the Chicago pre-draft combine, the excitement of this year’s NBA playoffs and the delicate process of selecting a new head coach. The task of choosing the right head coach for the Knicks is far from simple. New York, in any sport, is an environment in which any coach or decision maker is under

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Source: Only a 25 percent chance Kevin Love stays in Minnesota

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There is a 75 percent chance that Kevin Love leaves the Minnesota Timberwolves, sooner OR later. That is what NBA teams are hearing as they try to determine whether Love is now obtainable, a league source tells SheridanHoops.com. And chances are it will happen either through a trade before next February, or through Love’s unrestricted free agency in July 2015. Wolves president Flip Saunders is operating under the assumption that he has a good chance to keep Love by offering a four-year

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PODCAST: Knicks Coaching Search Should be Focused on Mark Jackson

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I have already written a column imploring the Knicks to hire Mark Jackson and hire him immediately, which will turn Steve Kerr into Steve Who? The New York Times is reporting today that there are three primary candidates, Brian Shaw (who already has a job with the Nuggets), Luke Walton (who has never coached before), and Kurt Rambis, an assistant with the Lakers. The New York Daily News says also in the mix is Derek Fisher, who can’t really be interviewed right now given

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Advice to Dolan: Dismiss Kerr Like He Dismissed You. Hire Mark Jackson to Coach the Knicks

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Steve Kerr turned down the Knicks for the Golden State Warriors. Can you blame him? So what are the Knicks going to do about it? The smart thing to do, if Jim Dolan was inclined to make the smart move, would be to issue a statement wishing Kerr luck in his first career coaching job. And make sure to mention that it is his first coaching job. Kerr is a nice guy and everything, but he isn’t the creme de la creme

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PODCAST: Coaching Vacancies Shift Focus Away from 2nd Round of Playoffs

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Here we are in the critical stage of the second round of the NBA playoffs, and it seems folks would prefer to talk about Donald Sterling, or the many NBA coaching vacancies, rather than the actual game itself. Why is that? Well, the Sterling case long ago crossed over from the sports realm to the mainstream realm, and scandals never fail to overwhelm normalcy. Also, the basketball fans in NBA cities outside of Indianapolis, Miami, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Antonio,

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PODCAST: Coaching Vacancies and Playoff Battles; What’s New?

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I wish I could give you a brief synopsis of what is contained in this podcast, but that is not possible. I covered a heck of a lot of ground in this interview with Mark Malusis of CBS Sports radio, touching on coaching vacancies and playoff battles. So in brief, here’s what we hit upon: _ The Lakers coaching vacancy, which if I had to guess who the next guy to hold the job will be, I’d go with Jeff Van Gundy.

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Tweet of the Day: Reaction To Mark Jackson’s Firing

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OFFICIAL: The #Warriors have relieved Head Coach Mark Jackson of his duties: http://t.co/o8FFN3tbWv — Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) May 6, 2014 Speculation met reality Tuesday afternoon, as the Golden State Warriors fired head coach Mark Jackson. Jackson has led the Warriors to the playoffs in consecutive years—with a 98-66 record over that two-year span, making him the first Golden State coach since Don Nelson to accomplish the feat. However, two years of on-court success—each slowed by nagging injuries—could not prevent team owners from

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PODCAST: Michael Scotto on Steve Kerr’s Options and Candidates to Coach Lakers and Buy Clippers

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Steve Kerr is the consensus favorite to become the next coach of the New York Knicks as I outlined in my latest column. However, that hasn’t stopped Kerr’s name from surfacing around the league for other openings – including the Lakers. Once Mike D’Antoni and the Lakers parted ways, a list of prominent coaching candidates began to surface including: John Calipari, Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Kevin Ollie, Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott, Jeff and Stan Van Gundy, etc. The Clippers have also joined the rumor

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