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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    I think it will be Blatt with Rambis as his lead asst. Rambis is really unpopular and his HC record would be a hard sell to the fan base and media. With Blatt, Phil can say he led a team to the NBA finals. Whatever he does there's no reason to wait, Luke is gone, interview other guys or hire Blatt or Rambis.
    I'm starting to make my peace with it either way. We hire Blatt and we get a head coach who's career NBA record is 83 - 40 (yeah, I know, Lebron James) and who is one of the most successful European head coaches of all-time. Only reason Blatt is out of work is Lebron. He is a great coach from start to finish by all accounts.

    We stick with Rambis as head coach and we play lottery ball again this coming season. Benefit of actually having a 1st round pick: we stink and we get a prize for it. Even better, we have another big stinko season and at the end of it, both PJ and Rambis are gone. I believe that.

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    I would love to see what Phil could actually do as a coach with a team such as this.

    I'm not saying Phil is wrong about wanting to stick to his game plan, he knows more about basketball than I do, but at the same time that doesn't mean great basketball minds can also be stubborn and make bad choices in certain areas of their profession. I'm concerned about our point guard situation (and our guard situation in general). What's crazy is we have a very good front court, but we had nothing to show for it for most of the season because our backcourt was such a polar opposite. I agree with Phil that we shouldn't spend a ton of money on a PG JUST to get a good PG (I'd offer Conley a lot of money if it wasn't for recent injuries), but it seems like he doesn't even care much about the position. Hopefully he cares about one of the guard positions though, because any significant upgrade at that position would be big for this team. Hopefully Lance Thomas is healthy next season too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    I'm starting to make my peace with it either way. We hire Blatt and we get a head coach who's career NBA record is 83 - 40 (yeah, I know, Lebron James) and who is one of the most successful European head coaches of all-time. Only reason Blatt is out of work is Lebron. He is a great coach from start to finish by all accounts.

    We stick with Rambis as head coach and we play lottery ball again this coming season. Benefit of actually having a 1st round pick: we stink and we get a prize for it. Even better, we have another big stinko season and at the end of it, both PJ and Rambis are gone. I believe that.
    If the Knicks finish with a worse season than this season then expect that they lost DWill and AA and couldn't replace them with better players and KP and JG didn't have good enough years to pick up the slack. Like you I think a stinko season would mean the early end of the PJ era, Ken Berger is already saying PJ will be headed back to LA after next season to re-unite with Jeannie and Luke and a season where PJ constantly reads or hears in the NY media how bad the Knicks and Phil have been is going to make him admit it didn't work out in NY and make him return to LA.

    Not a scenario I want to see, I'm hoping Phil can sign a couple of good players and the Knicks can make progress, perhaps make the playoffs and KP and JG have outstanding years as cornerstones for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    If the Knicks finish with a worse season than this season then expect that they lost DWill and AA .
    I think AA has a players opt for 16/17 at 8m... and I think that having him come off the bench was 'requested' from 'upstairs' hoping he will be pissed ..and he was.. and opt out... he blows, but I doubt someone offers him more $$$ and/or more years...

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    Tommy Dee, at theknicksblog.com, wrote:

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    The Lakers sent shockwaves throughout the NBA last night, hiring Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton as their head coach. The move, I'm told, clears the way for the Knicks to hire David Blatt, whose meeting with Phil Jackson and Steve Mills on Monday significantly impressed the Knicks president.

    "Phil absolutely loved Blatt's intelligence," a source with knowledge of the conversation said. "Can't stop talking about it. He's singing Blatt's praises to everyone. Phil's a tough grader when it comes to intelligence. It takes a lot to impress him."

    The overriding narrative is that Kurt Rambis is the heavy favorite to have the interim tag removed from the title, but I haven't been getting that sense. Rambis, who Jackson is very close with, is involved in the process, but I'm told that the overwhelming majority of the players didn't sing Rambis' praises in their exit interviews.

    Rambis is extremely intelligent and would serve a significant role either as an assistant or in the front office. He was an exceptional coordinator for Phil with the Lakers, in a similar manner that Tex Winter was for Jackson's championship teams in Chicago. That role seems to fit Rambis best, and would allow him to continue to share Jackson's vision and trust.

    Blatt seems to have entered into Jackson's trust circle following their meeting, which is a major sign that Phil is really giving a lot of thought to hiring him. Blatt refused to discuss any coaching situations, including Los Angeles, when he came on as a guest on a local Atlanta radio station earlier this week.

    Blatt could fill the vacancy on Steve Kerr's bench that Walton left in Golden State. Blatt was a serious candidate for that role in 2014 before taking the Cavaliers position. He's also rumored to be considering going back overseas, according to international reporter David Pick.

    Again, based on everything I'm hearing, Blatt has really made a great impression on Jackson. Bringing Blatt on board would be a smooth transition based on his relationship with former Princeton teammate and current executive vice president and general manager Steve Mills. The Walton hiring takes Blatt out of consideration for one of the jobs he was mentioned as a candidate for. His meeting with the Knicks Monday inches him one step closer to filling a vacancy here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Tommy Dee, at theknicksblog.com, wrote:

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    The Lakers sent shockwaves throughout the NBA last night, hiring Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton as their head coach. The move, I'm told, clears the way for the Knicks to hire David Blatt, whose meeting with Phil Jackson and Steve Mills on Monday significantly impressed the Knicks president.

    "Phil absolutely loved Blatt's intelligence," a source with knowledge of the conversation said. "Can't stop talking about it. He's singing Blatt's praises to everyone. Phil's a tough grader when it comes to intelligence. It takes a lot to impress him."

    The overriding narrative is that Kurt Rambis is the heavy favorite to have the interim tag removed from the title, but I haven't been getting that sense. Rambis, who Jackson is very close with, is involved in the process, but I'm told that the overwhelming majority of the players didn't sing Rambis' praises in their exit interviews.

    Rambis is extremely intelligent and would serve a significant role either as an assistant or in the front office. He was an exceptional coordinator for Phil with the Lakers, in a similar manner that Tex Winter was for Jackson's championship teams in Chicago. That role seems to fit Rambis best, and would allow him to continue to share Jackson's vision and trust.

    Blatt seems to have entered into Jackson's trust circle following their meeting, which is a major sign that Phil is really giving a lot of thought to hiring him. Blatt refused to discuss any coaching situations, including Los Angeles, when he came on as a guest on a local Atlanta radio station earlier this week.

    Blatt could fill the vacancy on Steve Kerr's bench that Walton left in Golden State. Blatt was a serious candidate for that role in 2014 before taking the Cavaliers position. He's also rumored to be considering going back overseas, according to international reporter David Pick.

    Again, based on everything I'm hearing, Blatt has really made a great impression on Jackson. Bringing Blatt on board would be a smooth transition based on his relationship with former Princeton teammate and current executive vice president and general manager Steve Mills. The Walton hiring takes Blatt out of consideration for one of the jobs he was mentioned as a candidate for. His meeting with the Knicks Monday inches him one step closer to filling a vacancy here.
    Phil would be an idiot to hire Rambis if that's true about the players exit interviews and their opinion about Rambis. Blatt has won a ton or coach of the year awards overseas and came up a little short in the NBA finals with key injuries to Love and Irving, Rambis just doesn't have the cred as a coach that Blatt has. Slap in the face to public opinion and common sense if Phil goes with Rambis over Blatt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    I think it will be Blatt with Rambis as his lead asst. Rambis is really unpopular and his HC record would be a hard sell to the fan base and media. With Blatt, Phil can say he led a team to the NBA finals. Whatever he does there's no reason to wait, Luke is gone, interview other guys or hire Blatt or Rambis.

    Another interview for Blatt...Today


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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway View Post
    Another interview for Blatt...Today

    I doubt he takes that toxic Sactown job but if Phil wants him he should make him an offer before he takes another job somewhere else.

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    Another interview for Blatt, he's hot right now


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    Patrick Ewing will also be interviewing with the Kings this week. This article makes an interesting point about Ewing coaching Cousins.

    http://nypost.com/2016/05/01/patrick...-knicks-silly/


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    Quote Originally Posted by RunningJumper View Post
    Patrick Ewing will also be interviewing with the Kings this week. This article makes an interesting point about Ewing coaching Cousins.

    http://nypost.com/2016/05/01/patrick...-knicks-silly/
    Patrick is going to need some luck on his interview and even more luck if he lands the job. That job is probably the worst HC job in the league right now, kiss of death job for a rookie head coach like Patrick imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Patrick is going to need some luck on his interview and even more luck if he lands the job. That job is probably the worst HC job in the league right now, kiss of death job for a rookie head coach like Patrick imo.

    They'll be looking to trade Cousins this summer and with the move to a new arena in 3yrs it could be a great destination. Gotta really see long-term if seeking employment there and not the here and now. I'd tell em straight up I'm not taking the job unless Cousins is moved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway View Post
    They'll be looking to trade Cousins this summer and with the move to a new arena in 3yrs it could be a great destination. Gotta really see long-term if seeking employment there and not the here and now. I'd tell em straight up I'm not taking the job unless Cousins is moved.
    i agree he has to be moved... but what will u get for him??... no doubt he is a head case, but he is a talent without question... I don't know how much value u get in return.. but wouldn't u like to be the coach who got thru to this knucklehead... you can def build a team around this guy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by paris401 View Post
    i agree he has to be moved... but what will u get for him??... no doubt he is a head case, but he is a talent without question... I don't know how much value u get in return.. but wouldn't u like to be the coach who got thru to this knucklehead... you can def build a team around this guy..
    I don't want to be the coach trying to reach him resulting in another one of his coaching victims. He can go coach kill someone else. Cousins has been in the league 6yrs already he's 26yrs old and the whole time that's exactly what Sacramento has attempted(building around him). They've never made the playoffs and never have had a winning record with him. There's enough history and data there to reason this can't be done. He needs to be on a team with proven success and/or a culture that commands he falls in line with what they are doing, regardless of his talent. You probably can get 2 1st round picks(a couple picks(1st, 2nd) in combination) and 2 players for him. I'm looking to deal him to the Celtics or Wolves.


    I want Smart/Johnson and picks(2 1st) from Celtics

    I want Lavine/Deing/Pekovic and picks(1st and 2nd) from Wolves


    I'd give them Cousins/McLemore/Koufos.


    I think Garnett's professional tutelage(work ethic towards game), Towns stardome(it would be his team), add in a screaming hard nose battle tested Tom Thibideau it would do Cousins some good humbling of epic proportions. Of course Brad Stevens is proven in Boston he knows what he's doing and an instant culture changer, he'd fall in line there.


    Maybe a couple other teams like the Nuggets and Philly would be options, although I'd rather he not be in play with those two franchises. They have assets to get a deal done, yet they are 2 very undefined teams though. He could very well derail or stunt the growth there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway View Post
    I don't want to be the coach trying to reach him resulting in another one of his coaching victims. He can go coach kill someone else. .
    sure you do... whomever they hire will get at least a 3year 10m contract... 3+m a year for 3years ..I'd sign it in a heartbeat, n I bet so would you...

    now if u r a pro coach... that's another story...

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