SH Blog: Melo ponders playing for Tom Thibodeau

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Next time I write a blog for Sheridan Hoops, barring unforeseen circumstances, it’ll be the first day of the playoffs. This is what the whole season has been building towards, and it’s always a fun time. Every year has one of those “where were you when” moments. In 2012, I was mowing the lawn when Derrick Rose tore his ACL when he should have been on the bench, and I was debating whether or not to stay for the last set of a weekend-long music festival when the Heat won the title.

In 2013, I managed to actually be in front of the TV for the big moments, including my fellow Calvert Hall College alum Gary Neal going off in the Finals, and Steph Curry and the Warriors knocking off the Nuggets and kickstarting the Great Denver Exodus.

This year could be just as memorable. The Heat will be gunning for a threepeat, the West will be insane, and the Raptors, Wizards and Bobcats will be there. They might even win a few games. The Knicks, Celtics and Lakers, on the other hand, will be sitting at home. Internet points to anyone who can figure out when the last time that happened was.

Now let’s get to the latest news from around the NBA:

Introducing…the All-Villain Team of 2015!

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We’re going to have a little fun with this column, which is our little antidote to the dog days of March in the NBA.

The quotes are entirely fictitious. Just wanted to make that perfectly clear.

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.

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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May: Heat Look Like a Team Trying to Three-Peat

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Only three coaches in NBA history have done what Erik Spoelstra is attempting to do in Miami. Phil Jackson

One is dead. One is approaching 100 while in assisted living in Minnesota. The third is off the grid somewhere, presumably in Montana.

The Heat are trying to become only the fourth franchise in NBA history to win three consecutive titles. The Lakers were the last to turn the trick, winning three in a row from 2000-2002. They were coached by Phil Jackson, who also won three straight titles with Chicago on two other occasions.