Phil Jackson is Coming Home
#TaniaOnTheScene -Today is the day! Phil Jackson will officially head the Knicks teams front office.
Phil Jackson played his final game for the
on April 23, 1978, going scoreless off the bench as the Philadelphia 76ers closed out a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
For Jackson, it was a quiet ending to a fine tenure with the Knicks, which included two titles. He became a fan favorite. He grew an extraordinary mustache. His time in Manhattan was well spent.
One could not have predicted what was ahead — the high-profile partnerships with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, the championships and the triumphs. His only involvement with the Knicks came when he coached against them. He usually won.
On Tuesday, Jackson will return to Madison Square Garden in a different role, as the Knicks’ new president. After a 36-year absence, Jackson, now 68, has agreed to head the front office of a team that needs help. Lots of it. Here is a look at some of the challenges that await Jackson in a process that may take a while and has no guarantee of success.
Knicks point guard Raymond Felton arrested, charged with felony weapons possession
#TaniaOnTheScene - The 29-year-old was charged with two counts of felony possession for his ownership of an unregistered, armor-piercing firearm that he allegedly waved around aggressively during a fight with his wife, but never pointed at Ariane Raymondo-Felton, who filed for divorce and was fearful of the weapon being in their home. Felton was released on $25,000 bond early Tuesday evening.
Attention NY Knicks Fans: Meet Larry Johnson LIVE
#TaniaOnTheScene - It’s the NBA kickoff party with special guest Larry Johnson, formerly of the New York Knicks. Starting at 7:30pm tonight, he’ll be signing autographs and taking pictures during the Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls game.
Wild Draft Night in Brooklyn
#TaniaOnTheScene - Less than 30 minutes before the NBA draft, Anthony Bennett's agent was wondering if his client would drop to the Detroit Pistons at No. 8.
Jeff Schwartz wasn’t alone. He had legitimate angst because there was suddenly concern about Bennett’s weight and shoulder injury.
The green room area was filled with an eerie calm as the players, their families and their agents all wondered what would happen at No. 1.
None of them had ever experienced such unknown and unpredictability.
So, of course, Cleveland shocked them all by picking Bennett No. 1.
And so it began.
A draft that lacked built-in superstars produced one of the most unpredictable evenings with players being traded so many times it was hard to keep count.
Bennett’s reaction to being selected was raw and real. He didn’t know. No one was certain.
Knicks Fans Might Be In For A Panic Attack
#TaniaOnTheScene - Go ahead and be afraid, New Yorkers. Your basketball team just wore black to another team’s burial — a really dumb thing to do — only for that team to rise from the crypt and turn this first-round series into something more frightening than a zombie film.
So yes, be afraid, Knicks fans. Be very, very afraid.
Long before this 92-86 loss in Game 5, Doc Rivers had already addressed the 2004 Red Sox with his 2013 Boston Celtics. As he walked with two reporters from Wednesday night’s postgame news conference to his Madison Square Garden locker room and talked about catching the early bus home, Rivers was asked by ESPNNewYork.com if he’d brought up the historic 2004 ALCS with his team.
Among the smartest guys in sports, Doc Rivers almost never gets boxed in by a question. He was boxed in here.
"Well, I’ll just say we talked about something in that realm," he said. "I’m not going to give you what we talked about, but it’s a guy. We’ve talked about people in — yes, so I’m not going to say what."