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New York Knicks Receive 4th Overall Pick in 2015 NBA Draft

May 19th, 2015 at 8:56 PM
By Zach Powell

The NBA Draft Lottery was held Tuesday evening, where it was determined the New York Knicks' would select overall. The Knicks were represented by general manager Steve Mills and had a 19.9% chance at winning the first pick in the draft, the second highest in the draft.

The last time the Knicks had the fourth overall selection was back in 1978 when they selected Montana point guard Michael Ray Richardson.

Knicks fans have been salivating over a top-two pick since the franchise wrapped up its worst season in recent memory. The team had hopes of cementing it's post play with Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke's Jahlil Okafor. It's almost a certainty that both will be gone by the time the Knicks select at number four.

The best remaining players after the two post players are Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell, China's Emmanuel Mudiay, and Latvia's Kristaps Porzingis.

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New Thunder Head Coach Billy Donovan Targeting New York Knicks’ Assistant?

May 18th, 2015 at 10:36 AM
By Zach Powell

When Phil Jackson hired Derek Fisher to be the head coach of the New York Knicks, the team was well aware they would have to surround him with experienced assistants on the bench. It seems as if the Oklahoma City Thunder are following a similar blueprint by trying to bring current Knicks' assistant Brian Keefe back to the team.

Keefe, who coached with the Thunder for seven years – the first two as a developmental coach – before being promoted to an assistant. He remains well-regarded among Thunder leadership and has strong ties to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, who credits Keefe with being a major part of his development.

Losing coach Keefe would be a major blow to the Knicks' chances of signing Kevin Durant, assuming the former-MVP decides to leave the Thunder after his contract expires following the 2015-'16 season.

New Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan is rumored to also be considering former New Orleans Pelicans' coach Monty Williams and former Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown, among others.

The Knicks' coaching stuff currently consists of long-time Phil Jackson assistants Jim Cleamons and Kurt Rambis, the aforementioned Keefe, along with Rasheed Hazzard and Joshua Longstaff.

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Former New York Knicks’ Guard J.R. Smith Uses Instagram to Take Shot at Former Team

May 15th, 2015 at 11:40 AM
By Zach Powell

Former New York Knicks' shooting guard J.R. Smith took to the popular image sharing platform Instagram on Thursday evening to rub salt in the wounds of Knicks fans' as Smith's new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the Eastern Conference championship.

Couldn't have said it better myself!!!@imanshumpertthe1st

A photo posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on

Smith, who played for the Knicks for three-and-a-half seasons, was traded earlier in the season to the Cavaliers along with former New York draft pick Iman Shumpert. After losing forward Kevin Love earlier in the playoffs, the two former Knick's have become even more vital to the success of the LeBron James led Cavaliers.

Smith, hasn't been without controversy this postseason, serving a two-game suspension after throwing a punch at Jae Crowder during the series with the Boston Celtics. He didn't let the suspension derail his effective postseason, helping the Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls on Thursday evening, 94-73, to advance in the playoffs. The former Knick's helped lead the way behind Smith's 12 points and 8 rebounds and Shumpert's 13 points and 7 rebounds.

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New York Knicks’ Phil Jackson Calls Out Playoff Teams Relying on Three Point Shot

May 12th, 2015 at 8:38 PM
By Zach Powell

New York Knicks' team president Phil Jackson knows a few things about what it takes to win an NBA championship. The thirteen time champion took to Twitter over the weekend to call out playoff teams that rely heavily on the three point shot.

It seems that Jackson was taking a shot at the three remaining perimeter oriented teams: Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks, each who are either losing or struggling to gain an advantage in their respective series.

Jackson remained loyal to his roots, favoring an offense with penetration and the ever popular pick-and-roll:

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Chad Ford Selects Emmanuel Mudiay for New York Knicks in “Grade-A” Draft

May 12th, 2015 at 9:29 AM
By Zach Powell

The consensus opinion among NBA circles is that if the New York Knicks land one of the top two picks of next month's NBA draft, they'll select either Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke's Jahlil Okafor. ESPN's Chad Ford thinks Knicks' team president Phil Jackson should consider another option: point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

Chad Ford said this about Mudiay in his recent "Grade-A" NBA Mock Draft, which he spelled out what every team would have to do in to receive an "A" grade:

I think he's the one player with the swagger to handle the bright lights and criticism that inevitably come with playing in New York. He is confident beyond his years, plays in attack mode all the time and while he'll make mistakes, I think he's the one kid Phil Jackson could build around.

Mudiay originally committed to play collegiately at Southern Methodist University for former New York Knicks' coach Larry Brown. He decided to follow in the footsteps of current NBA player Brandon Jennings and bypass college for the riches of the Chinese Basketball Association where he signed one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

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