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New York Knicks Should Add Brian Shaw to Their Equation

March 3rd, 2015 at 8:08 PM
By Matt Agne

The Denver Nuggets have fired Phil Jackson favorite Brian Shaw. While Jackson isn't expected to replace Derek Fisher it would be a wise move if the New York Knicks were able to add Shaw to their coaching staff.

As soon as Phil Jackson re-joined the New York Knicks organization one of the first rumors was that he'd try to pry Brian Shaw away from the Denver Nuggets via trade. As it turns out, his plan was to hire Steve Kerr. Kerr instead joined the Golden State Warriors. Then jcckson turned to Derek Fisher.

In his first season as head coach Fisher's Knicks have been the worst team in the NBA. That being said, he's been learning on the job with a roster filled with players that are either not very good or players without a future in New York. It's not an excuse for the worst record in the NBA but it's a reason.

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New York Knicks’ Top Free Agent Target Greg Monroe Could Remain with Detroit Pistons

March 2nd, 2015 at 7:25 PM
By Matt Agne

Greg Monroe is one of the youngest and best free agents in the 2015 class. He's also widely expected to leave the Detroit Pistons. The New York Knicks are expected to be one of his top suitors. However, with their resurgence re-signing with the Pistons has become a real possibility.

No one expected Greg Monroe to stay with the Detroit Pistons. He turned down a long-term deal, played on a one-year option and Detroit is one of the worst teams in the NBA.

However, Stan Van Gundy changed everything the minute he got rid of Josh Smith. Monroe hated when the team signed Smith and forced him to play between Smith and Andre Drummond.

That being said, Detroit turned things around and have looked like a different team since dumping Smith. When Brandon Jennings was lost for the season it was a big blow. However, Monroe has enjoyed playing under Van Gundy.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports Monroe is open to re-signing with the Pistons.

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Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler Eyeing New York Knicks

March 2nd, 2015 at 7:21 AM
By Matt Agne

During the upcoming 2015 NBA free agency period Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls will be a restricted free agent. That means the Bulls will have the chance to match any offer Butler is able to get on the market. That being said, the Bulls are pretty well tapped out of money and Butler will definitely be shopping his services around the league. One team he's interested in signing with is the New York Knicks.

Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler is one of those young up-and-coming stars the entire NBA has their eyes on. Next off-season he'll be one of the prized free agents. Despite being a restricted free agent, Butler is expected to try his best to change teams.

The Bulls will be able to match any offer he receives but he seems more than willing to move on to another franchise if the opportunity presents itself.

The New York Knicks will be one of the teams with some of the most money available to spend on free agents. Could Phil Jackson open up his wallet to bring Butler to New York to team up with Carmelo Anthony?

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New York Knicks’ Phil Jackson Scouting Potential 2015 NBA Draft First-Round Pick OSU’s D’Angelo Russell

March 1st, 2015 at 5:31 PM
By Matt Agne

Many NBA fans, personnel and reporters have criticized Phil Jackson for his level of commitment to the New York Knicks as their president. He's openly stated his intent not to scout very much or travel with the team to road games. However, he will make it a point to scout the top prospects in the 2015 NBA Draft. The team is expecting to have a top four draft pick and so after watching Duke freshman big man Jahlil Okafor play he also made sure to check out Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell as well.

Ohio State Buckeye's guard D'Angelo Russell is one of the top prospects in the 2015 NBA Draft. With the New York Knicks poised to land one of the top picks in the draft they need to scout the top ranked prospects coming out of college.

That's where Knicks president Phil Jackson comes in and it's exactly what he intends to do. Jackson has already hit the scouting trail and intends to watch the top college prospects in order to be ready and informed when it's time for the 2015 NBA Draft.

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First African-American NBA Player, Earl Lloyd, Dead at 86

February 28th, 2015 at 10:30 PM
By Matt Agne

Everyone has had someone clear the way for them either in life, in the way they live or in their profession. When it comes to African-American athletes breaking the barrier most think of Jackie Robinson. However, the first African-American NBA player went by the name of Earl Lloyd. Lloyd died Thursday, February 26 at the age of 86 years old.

On October 31, 1950, Earl Lloyd became the first African American to play in an NBA game, against the Rochester Royals. That season three other African-Americans also joined the NBA ranks — Chuck Cooper, Nathaniel Clifton, and Hank DeZonie — but Lloyd is credited as the barrier breaker.

Known for his defense, Lloyd played collegiately at West Virginia State College. He was selected by the Washington Capitols in the ninth-round of the 1950 NBA draft.

After playing small forward for the Capitals from 1950-51 he played for the Syracuse Nationals from 1952-58 and the Detroit Pistons from 1958-1960. Lloyd was the first African-American, along with his Syracuse teammate Jim Tucker, to play on a championship NBA team.

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